Document Legalisation - Saudi Arabia

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 any foreign document to be deemed as valid for submission to Saudi authorities. Without it, your Irish or British document will not have a legal weight in Saudi Arabia. 

The first thing to bear in mind is that Saudi Arabia is not a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, which means that the Apostille authentication procedure does not apply to the documents destined for use in Saudi Arabia. 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. 

As the Apostille authentication procedure does not apply for documents to be used in Saudi Arabia, the only remaining option is to legalise your documents is 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), all Irish and British personal, legal, financial or commercial documents, ranging from birth certificates, academic certificates, to shipment documents (Irish or British certificates of origin, health certificates), powers of attorney, tax records, certificates of incorporation and export declarations must 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



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