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Attesting Chinese Documents for the UAE

Before you can use Chinese documents in the UAE, they will need to be attested. Whether it is an educational qualification, a birth, marriage or death certificate, or in fact any other personal or company document from China, let us take the hassle away for you and process this for you.

How does it work?

Attesting documents from China can be complicated, especially as the process is different depending upon the type of document you have, and who you need to present it to. As most documents will be written in Mandarin or Cantonese, they will also need to be translated into English. We’ve outlined below the usual process that documents need to go through, but bear in mind that this can vary according to what you need to attest. Request your free personal quotation to be sure that you have the most accurate advice.

Notarisation & Certification

Most documents start by needing to be notarised and certified. During this stage, a notary public will check the document is legitimate and sign & stamp it accordingly. Certain documents will require that the subject of the document has it notarised in person, and therefore cannot be completed by an agent. These include a School Transfer certificate or an Experience Letter.
Initial Certification

Translation into English

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs will generally only process documents in Chinese. The UAE Embassy however will only attest documents in English or Arabic, therefore they will need to be translated into English to be presented to them. This translation will usually be prepared with the Chinese and English side-by-side as a dual-language document. The original document is then bound together with the translation to be processed for attestation.

Check out our translations page to learn more about the different types of translations, and what they're used for.
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Legal Translation
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Chinese Legalisation

Before documents can be presented to the UAE Embassy in Beijing, most need to have been legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During this process, the ministry will check the seal and/or signature of the original document, and that the translation has been legally produced. In some circumstances, such as the legalisation of a company or commercial document, other Chinese ministry certification may be required, such as the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China
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UAE Embassy Attestation

The final step in China is to have the document stamped, known as attested, by the UAE Embassy in Beijing. During this stage an official UAE-government sticker and seal is applied to the document. This confirms to the authorities in the UAE that the document has completed all the required steps in China.
UAE Embassy in Beijing
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MoFA Attestation (UAE)

Once the document has reached the UAE, it requires a further attestation stamp by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE which validates that your document has been processed correctly in China. Some employers make arrangements to handle this for you, so you should check whether this needs completing by you or not.
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UAE)

Translation from English into Arabic

In certain circumstances, your document may also require translation into Arabic. Again, your employer may handle this for you so best to check. If required, the whole document and its relevant stamps are translated from English into Arabic by a recognised certified translator. Once the translation has been done, then everything has been completed to make it fully useable within the UAE.
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Attestation Notes

  • Education certificate attestation at the UAE Embassy MUST be completed at the same time as the other stages. It is not possible to attest a previously legalised document at the UAE Embassy after the event.
  • Educational documents must be verified by visiting and taking a screenshot of the result prior to starting the attestation process. Whilst it is possible for a 3rd-party to complete this on your behalf, it does require authorisation of the 3rd-party along with a copy of your Chinese ID.
  • Arabic translation is usually required for use in all emirates other than Dubai, and also 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).
  • Whilst the original document is usually required, some documents can be processed using a scanned copy. Please contact one of our consultants to check if this is the case for your document.
  • Supporting documents are regularly required to support the attestation process, such as identification and visa page copies. Full details of what is required is provided based upon the type of document being processed.
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Why choose Vital Certificates?

Acceptance Guarantee
We guarantee your document will be valid in the country for which it was attested.
Document Checking
Your documents will be checked prior to submission to ensure they are accepted.
Service Updates
Regular service updates mean you always know where your documents are.
Industry Leading Staff
Our advisers undertake regular training so the advice they give is always up-to-date.
Scanning Service
Get a digital copy of your completed documents prior to receiving shipment.
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.
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