Document Legalisation – Saudi Arabia
Legalising Irish or British documents for use in Saudi Arabia can be a daunting process. However, it is necessary to ensure your document has legal weight in Saudi Arabia. This article will guide you through the consular legalisation process and answer any questions you may have.
Consular legalisation of documents in the UK and Ireland for use in Saudi Arabia
Consular legalisation of Irish or British documents for use in Saudi Arabia can appear a daunting, but it is nonetheless a necessary procedure. Consular legalisation is a requirement for certain foreign documents to be deemed as valid for submission to Saudi authorities. Without it, specific Irish or British documents will not have a legal weight in Saudi Arabia.
The first thing to bear in mind is that even though the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, some documents will still require consular legalisation in the Embassy. This will possibly create a few more hurdles in the legalisation process, but we will happily guide and advise you along the way.
What does legalisation process entail?
Generally speaking, legalisation or consular legalisation is a process for confirming authenticity of the stamps and signatures on the document.
Even though the Apostille authentication procedure now applies for documents to be used in Saudi Arabia, some documents still require legalisation at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Dublin or London, meaning to consular legalise it.
What is consular legalisation?
Legalisation department in the respective Embassy of Saudi Arabia is in charge of consular legalisation of Irish or British documents for use in Saudi Arabia.
Although the exact processing times and fees are established by the respective embassy, the initial preparation may prove time-consuming if you are not familiar with the nitty-gritty of the entire procedure. And it is our responsibility to ensure efficient pre-legalisation process and absence of delays prior to the submission of the document for consular legalisation.
The legalisation process may entail translation of the original document into Arabic. As a well-established translation agency, we work with a professional team of qualified and accredited Arabic translators to assign your document to. Your translation will subsequently be certified and only then we will proceed to consular legalise it with the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Dublin or London.
What documents must be consular legalised?
Depending on the purposes of the submission of your documents to Saudi authorities (work visa application or setting up a company, for example), Irish and British documents, such as, but not limited to, commercial documents, shipment documents (Irish or British certificates of origin, health certificates), powers of attorney, tax records, certificates of incorporation and export declarations may need be consular legalised.
With offices in London and Dublin, we provide a comprehensive consular legalisation service if your set of documents includes both Irish and British documents. We can arrange for consular legalisation of all your documents without your having to travel to Ireland or the United Kingdom.