Ten Things To Know About Legalising Your Documents For Qatar

Our ten year anniversary is coming up, and as part of the celebrations we’ve decided to create a brand new blog series focused on giving you great information in lists of ten! Continuing our countdown, here’s a list of ten things you really need to know about legalising your documents for Qatar.

Our ten year anniversary is coming up, and as part of the celebrations we’ve decided to create a brand new blog series focused on giving you great information in lists of ten! Continuing our countdown, here’s a list of ten things you really need to know about legalising your documents for Qatar.

ONE

The Qatar Embassy deals with both personal and commercial documents, as well as most commercial documents. There is an increased stamp fee for commercial documents however, and if it’s a Bill of Sale it must be submitted through the Arab Chamber of Commerce. We can offer this service, just get in touch for a quotation.

TWO

They require 3 supporting documents for diploma level qualifications or above. This is the certificate, a transcript of results and a university letter. There are specific points that the university letter must cover to be accepted. We offer a help sheet explaining the criteria the letter must meet, which was detailed in our last post. Click here to see it.

THREE

Before certain dates, some universities do not hold records of transcripts or results. Qualifications can be accepted without a transcript if this is not available, but the letter must state why.

FOUR

We have found the majority of universities very helpful and timely in issuing the letters, and most will produce them free of charge. However, please keep in mind that we cannot ask for a cover letter and transcript on your behalf.

FIVE

Even if your university or awarding body is UK-based, if the qualification was studied even partially abroad or online, it will not be accepted at the Qatar Embassy. Qatar also do not accept online or distance learning qualifications including Open University degrees.

SIX

The Qatar Embassy in London will legalise documents from the UK and it’s overseas territories, but also handles the legalisation for Ireland, Norway and Iceland.

SEVEN

The Qatar Embassy has only 2 drop off days and 2 collection days per week (Mondays and Thursdays), which is why our fastest turnaround time available is 1 week. This varies by Embassy, for instance documents for the UAE can be turned around in 2-3 working days.

EIGHT

Not all certificates must be certified by a solicitor first. Government issued documents such as birth, marriage and death certificates as well as other documents such as an ACRO police certificate, can go straight to the FCO. Non-ACRO Police Certificates do require solicitor certification however.

NINE

Qualifications are certified and the stamps are applied to the copies unless otherwise requested. This keeps your original certificates clean.

TEN

Once you reach Qatar, the documents must be presented fully legalised at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Doha for final verification.


We hope you found that information useful as you try to navigate your way around legalising a document for Qatar. If you require legalisation and you aren’t confident in the process, just give us a call today. You can get in touch directly on +44 (0) 330 088 1142, send us a text message via WhatsApp, use our live chat system, or e-mail us at sales@vitalconsular.com. Our friendly team of specialists are on hand to answer all of your queries.

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Ashraf Vachhiat
Ashraf is the Marketing Technologist at Vital Consular, which means he handles all the technicalities involved in bringing this blog to life! He also enjoys creating in-depth articles around current affairs which impact the travel and relocation industry. In his free time, Ashraf relishes travelling as much as possible, and is always looking for quirky spots to take some great photos.
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