Attesting Irish Documents for the UAE

If you are looking to use your Irish documents in the UAE, you will need to put them through a process known as Attestation. We can take away all the hassle associated with this long-winded process for you. Whether you have an Irish degree or other qualification, a birth, marriage or death certificate, or any other document originating from Ireland, find out what’s involved so you avoid any costly errors.

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Attesting Irish Documents for the UAE

If you are looking to use your Irish documents in the UAE, you will need to put them through a process known as Attestation. We can take away all the hassle associated with this long-winded process for you. Whether you have an Irish degree or other qualification, a birth, marriage or death certificate, or any other document originating from Ireland, find out what’s involved so you avoid any costly errors.

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How does it work?

Attesting a document issued in Ireland can be complex, especially as the requirements change depending on who you need to present it to, and exactly what type of document it is. Fortunately, most documents follow a similar pattern which we’ve broken down for you. There are however some situations where things are a little different, so if you want to make sure that you are fully informed, speak to one of our advisers and we’ll look at your individual circumstances free of charge.

Initial Certification

Notarial Certification in Ireland

In some cases, your first step is to get your document certified by a notary public. To protect your original document is kept safe, our notary will typically take a copy of your document, and will process that. They will certify it as a true copy of the original, and then start the attestation.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Dublin

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Apostille Legalisation in Ireland

Irish documents that need to be used in the UAE must be first legalised in Ireland. During this process they will have an Apostille certificate attached and sealed to the reverse of the document. This is a white A5 piece of paper which confirms that the seal or signature used to certify the document is genuine. In Ireland this can only be handled by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Dublin.

UAE Embassy

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UAE Embassy Attestation

Irish documents can generally be attested at the UAE Embassy in either Ireland or the UK. The exception to this is that documents not written in English, and all commercial documents must be attested by the UAE Embassy in Ireland. This is the final step that needs completing before heading to the UAE. An official UAE-government sticker and seal is attached next to the Apostille during this stage. This attestation sticker confirms to the UAE authorities that the document has gone through all the necessary steps in both Ireland and the UK.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UAE)

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MoFA Attestation (UAE)

In the UAE, another attestation stamp is needed which is handled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in any of the UAE emirates. The addition of this stamp confirms that the Irish and UK processes have been completed correctly. Some employers will do this for you, so we would advise that you check with them to avoid paying for anything unnecessarily. For anyone handling this themselves, you will now need a PCR test to enter a government building. We can arrange this for you. This is the final step needed to use your document in the UAE if it does not need translation (see the following section below).

Translation

Translation from English into Arabic

Often, your document may also need to be translated into Arabic. Again, your employer may handle this for you so we would recommend checking with them. If it is needed, the whole document and all of its stamps are translated from English into Arabic. This must be done by a recognised certified translator. Once translated, then everything has been done to allow you to use it within the UAE.

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Attestation Notes

  • Most common Irish documents, such as education certificates, police clearance certificates and birth, marriage or death certificates, do not require this initial certification and can processed directly with the DFA in Dublin.
  • Arabic translation is usually required for use in all emirates other than Dubai, as well as if the document is to be used within one of the Dubai Free Zone authorities including (but not limited to) the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).
  • The UAE Embassy in London will reject any documents that have been bound behind a Notarial cover sheet.
  • For any Power of Attorney (PoA) to be attested, these must be signed in the presence of a DFA-registered solicitor to be valid. They cannot be witnessed by anyone else.

How much does it cost?

Prices can vary based on the type of document you have, and the processes it will have to go through to be fully attested. We've put a general guideline below based on two of the most popular document types, but it's best to get in touch for a personalised quote.

Birth, Marriage & Death Certificates

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From 810 AED

Per Document

This service includes:

  • Notarial Certification in Ireland
  • Apostille Legalisation in Ireland
  • UAE Embassy Attestation

Education Certificates

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From 840 AED

Per Document

This service includes:

  • Notarial Certification in Ireland
  • Apostille Legalisation in Ireland
  • UAE Embassy Attestation
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Disclaimer

MoFA Attestation and Translation of documents are not included in the above pricing, and will incur an extra fee if required. Exchange rates may also vary which can drive the price up or down at any given time. For the most accurate quotation for your circumstances, please get in touch.

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Why choose Vital Certificates?

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Acceptance Guarantee

We guarantee your document will be valid in the country for which it was attested.

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Document Checking

Your documents will be checked prior to submission to ensure they are accepted.

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Service Updates

Regular service updates mean you always know where your documents are.

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Industry Leading Staff

Our advisers undertake regular training so the advice they give is always up-to-date.

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Scanning Service

Get a digital copy of your completed documents prior to receiving shipment.

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Fully Inclusive Price

Fees always include all charges, shipping and VAT (where applicable).

 Docs from any country...

We're able to attest a range of documents for use in the UAE, no matter where you're from. You can rest assured that by using our service, your attested documents will be accepted within the UAE.