Consular legalisation of documents in the UK and Ireland for use in Tunisia
The EU and the United Kingdom together constitute Tunisia’s largest trading partner and the volume of commercial, legal and personal documents exchanged with Tunisia is without underestimation immense.
All Irish and British documents to be submitted to Tunisian authorities must be consular legalised with the Consulate of Tunisia in Dublin or with the Embassy of Tunisia in London. Although the procedure is in theory straightforward, it is less so in practice.
Tunisia has since 2014 been a signatory party to the Hague Apostille Convention, meaning that prior to consular legalisation, your Irish or British documents would have to be apostilled. In other words, the entire consular legalisation process is multi-layered and there are a number of steps to be taken before submitting the documents to the respective consular department for legalisation.
How to apostille documents?
Apostille is an official authentication of the stamp and the signature on your original Irish or British document and it is issued by the respective competent authority. Apostille on Irish documents is issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and on British documents by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
With offices both in Dublin and London, we can take care of having your documents apostilled and then consular legalised by the respective Consulate or Embassy of Tunisia.
Please note that Apostille does not attest to the accuracy of the contents of your document and you may be required to have your document translated, certified and legalised by a solicitor or notary public. If in doubt, do not hesitate to contact us and we will guide you through the entire process.
What additional steps may be required prior to consular legalisation?
Before consular legalising your Irish or British documents with the Consulate or Embassy of Tunisia, you will in addition to Apostille, have to have them translated and certified.
We will happily arrange for any of your personal or commercial documents to be translated by a qualified native speaker translator from our team. We will then certify the translation with an official stamp attesting to the accuracy of its contents. Some of the most commonly translated documents relate to the fields of machinery and transport equipment, textiles and clothing and agricultural products.
Please not that an additional layer of legalisation by Irish or British solicitor or notary public may be required before you can submit your documents for consular legalisation.
Please do not hesitate to contact you and we will advise as to what procedures are required to prepare your Irish and / or British documents for consular legalisation with the respective Consulate or Embassy of Tunisia. We will take care of the entire process on your behalf to save you time and inevitably money.