Consular legalisation of documents in the UK and Ireland for use in Qatar
The State of Qatar on the western shores of the Persian Gulf is a small emirate with a booming economy and fast-developing services sector. With Arabic as the official language, your Irish and British documents will need to be translated and consular legalised in Ireland or the UK before being used for official purposes in Qatar. Only after consular legalisation will your documents be deemed as valid by Qatari authorities.
Consular legalisation is a requirement for any personal and business documents to be used in Qatar. If you are working in the shipment sector, any shipment-related documents issued in Ireland and the UK, such as invoices, certificates of origin, bills of landing and any other import and export documentation must be consular legalised. If you are doing business in the food sector, health certificates attesting that the products are halal, meaning that the slaughter has been performed in accordance with the Muslim law, must also be consular legalised. The same applies to any exemption certificates.
If you are relocating to Qatar for work purposes, various personal documents, including civil or live register certificates, academic records and employment contracts that may be required for your work visa application will also need to be consular legalised.
If you are not sure if you require consular legalisation, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will advise you accordingly.
What does consular legalisation entail?
Irish and British documents are consular legalised in the respective Qatar embassy. As there is no Qatar embassy or consulate in Ireland, all consular legalisation services have to be done via the Qatar Embassy in London. We do however have offices both in Dublin and London and can arrange for consular legalisation of any of your Irish or British documents irrespective of your location.
Before consular legalisation, the aforementioned documents must be authenticated, in Ireland by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and in the United Kingdom by the Legalisation Office in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Your Irish or British documents may also need to be certified by a notary public / solicitor or apostilled, meaning that an Apostille stamp would be affixed as a proof of the certification. Apostille is used to attest an official signature, but not the contents of your documents. In certain situations, it is a pre-requirement for consular legalisation, but sometimes not. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will advise you accordingly.
We are here to ensure that your Irish or British documents are correctly consular legalised and accepted for use in Qatar.