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Attesting South African Documents for the UAE

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The United Arab Emirates will usually require documents that have been issued in South Africa to be attested before they can be used in the UAE. This is a two-step process which requires the addition of an Authentication by the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO), and then subsequent consular attestation by the UAE Embassy in Pertoria. Attestation is sometimes referred to as legalisation. Find out more about attestation here.

The most common documents that require attestation are Birth, Marriage & Death certificates, Educational Qualifications, and Matriculation documents. We can however arrange to attest any officially-issued documents from South Africa that you may have.

What do we do for you?

  • Send us your documents or have them collected by our specially allocated couriers.
  • We'll have them sent safely to Pretoria, South Africa, where two things will happen:
  • Authentication – The document will be sent to Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO). Once approved, a Certificate of Authentication will be attached to the document.
  • Legalisation – Then, your document will be sent to the UAE Embassy in Pretoria, where they’ll add a Certificate of Legalisation to the front page.
  • Finally, your document will be returned to the UAE and attested at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), before being sent back to you (or anywhere else you might need), safe and sound.

This process is standard for every South African document needing to be legalised for the UAE. However, there can be discrepancies, depending on the type of document you’re wanting to attest. For example, if the document is a degree or a diploma, we would need to send the original document to the Department of Higher Education and Training (Pretoria) before the legalisation process can commence.

Documents such as birth and marriage certificates, as well as Non-Registered/ Non-SA DHET diplomas and other official documents, require Notarisation before the attestation process takes place. We can also assist with the legalisation of Matric Certificates, Medical Documents and Police Clearance documents, among others. Please contact us for an individual quote, so we can assess your needs and provide the best solution. 

Why Vital Certificates?

As you can see, attesting a document can be quite complicated! Not to worry. Vital Certificates can handle the attestation process from end-to-end, regardless of the type of document you're trying to attest, which means you can sit back, relax and let us do the work.

We've helped thousands of clients have their documents attested, and haven't once had a document rejected in the UAE. Using our UAE attestation service gives you complete peace of mind and ensures that you get what you require in a timescale to suit your needs. Our staff are in constant contact with our legalisation partners in South Africa, and as such are fully aware of the steps required to make sure your attestation goes smoothly.

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