On 8th April 2022, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ratified the Hague Apostille Convention 1961, an International Agreement abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents between signatory countries.
The Apostille Convention will enter into force for Saudi Arabia on 7th December 2022. The Apostille Convention has now a total of 122 Contracting Parties.
As a result of being Signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention, all UK documents once certified by a UK practising solicitor or notary public and Apostilled by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is legally valid for submission to the local authorities in Saudi Arabia and no further legalisation by the Saudi Arabian Consulate in London will be available from 7th December.
For further information on how to get your documents legalised for use in Saudi Arabia, please contact us.