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Attesting Spanish Documents for the UAE

Before you can use your Spanish documents in the UAE, you’ll need to have them attested. Whether it’s a degree qualification, a birth, marriage or death certificate, or any other Spanish personal or company document, let us handle it – we’ll take away all the hassle for you.

How does it work?

Attesting a Spanish document can be complicated, especially as the process differs depending on the type of document and who you’re presenting it to. Often the document may also need to be translated into English or Arabic. We’ve outlined below the usual process that documents need to go through, but please bear in mind that this can vary depending on 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.
Initial Certification

Translation from Spanish to English

Any document written in Spanish will need to be translated into English. Then, the English translation is processed rather than the original, Spanish document. For qualifications and birth, marriage or death certificates that are already in English, this step is not required.

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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Apostille Legalisation in Spain

Before documents can be presented to the UAE Embassy in Madrid, most need to have been legalised with a legalisation stamp. In Spain this is applied by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, known locally as the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación (MAEUEC). In some cases, instead of an Apostille, documents will alternatively be processed with the signature of a national or regional court official, or be certified by the Chamber of Commerce.
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UAE Embassy Attestation

The final step in Spain is to have the document stamped, known as attested, by the UAE Embassy in Madrid. During this stage an official UAE-government sticker and seal is applied to the document. This confirms to authorities in the UAE that the document has completed all the required legalisation steps in Spain.
UAE Embassy in London
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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 the UK. 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

  • Whilst the original document is usually required, some educational certificates can be processed using a scanned copy. Please contact one of our consultants to check if this is the case for your document.
  • Please note it is a requirement of the UAE to have a translation submitted with the original but it does not need to be legalised.
  • 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).
  • Educational documents in Spain require attestation from the Ministry of Education in order to be accepted by the UAE Embassy, while Birth Certificates will need to verified by the Superior Court.
  • Please note that not all educational documents are accepted by the Spanish MOE. If the document will not be accepted by the MOE, unfortunately we will be unable to attest it for you.
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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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