Legalization




Legalization Services and Fees





The Embassy of the kingdom of Bahrain in London will only legalize documents issued from the following countries:

UK (Including Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Channel Island and British overseas territories)

Ireland, Norway and Iceland

 

All documents must go through the procedures detailed below before being submitted to the embassy, and must meet the specified requirements to be considered for legalization. 

 

Commercial documents issued in the UK

For example: certificate of origin, invoices, packing list, bill of lading, certificate of goods…etc.

All commercial documents must be stamped by your local chamber of commerce and submitted to the embassy ONLY through the Arab British chamber of commerce.

 

Non-commercial documents issued in the UK

For example marriage or birth certificates, educational degree or transcript, police clearance certificate, passport or id photocopy, personal reference letter… etc.

All non-commercial documents must be stamped (apostil) by the Foreign and Common wealth Office (FCO) legalization department in the UK.

The Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain regrets that it is unable to provide information on the requirements and procedures for document legalizations in the FCO. However, the following link to their website will provide helpful information: http://www.fco.gov.uk

You may submit your documents to the Embassy in London, along with the relevant fees, for legalization after being stamped by the FCO.

  

Commercial documents issued in the Republic of Ireland

For example: certificate of origin, invoices, packing list, bill of lading, certificate of goods…etc.

Commercial documents issued in the Republic of Ireland must be stamped by your local chamber of commerce and submitted to the embassy ONLY through the Arab Irish chamber of commerce.

 

Non-Commercial documents issued in the Republic of Ireland

Non-commercial documents issued in the Republic of Ireland must be stamped by the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs before being submitted to the Bahrain Embassy, along with the relevant fees.

 

Documents issued in Norway and Iceland, New Zealand Netherlands, from chamber of commerce

All documents issued in Norway and Iceland must be stamped by the respective country’s foreign ministry before being submitted to the Bahrain Embassy in London with the relevant fees.

 

Documents issued in British overseas territories

Documents issued in the British overseas territories must be attested by the government of the territory concerned, as well as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK (FCO), before being submitted to the Bahraini Embassy in London with the relevant fees.

 

Documents issued in countries other than the above mentioned, cannot be legalized in the Bahrain Embassy in London.

 

Fees:

The legalization fees depend on the type of document, regardless of its place of issue.

For invoices in US dollars or Euro and other currency

These must be evaluated in pounds by multiplying the value of the invoice by the daily exchange rate in order to calculate the fees.

 

Fees should be paid in sterling pounds by postal order, company cheque (personal cheques are NOT accepted) or a banker’s draft made payable to ‘Bahrain Embassy’.

 

Processing time:

Submission days for legalization are Monday to Friday 9:30am -1pm  ONLY 

Documents that are submitted on Monday can be collected the following day during 9:30am – 1pm.

 

The opening hours of the Legalization Section are 9:30am-1pm.

We are closed on Bank holidays and Islamic holidays, as well as on Bahrain’s National Day.

 

 

Documents sent by post

Processing documents sent by post will take longer (approximately 10 working days in our office plus the required time in the post). Alternatively you can use any Legalization Service Provider who can do this on your behalf.

Should you decide to send your documents by post, please include your telephone number and a stamped self-addressed envelope to enable us to return the submitted documents (UK mainland address only).

Any documents posted to the Embassy from outside the UK (EU countries ONLY) will incur an additional £8 to the required fees.

Alternately, you can arrange for a paid courier to collect the documents  from our office, in which case you must include a clear note of the courier company’s name, your account number with the company and all other required/relevant information for the delivery.

Note:

Due to the high number of documents we receive by post we are unable to provide updates on the process of your document. However, the post office should be able to provide you with information on whether the Embassy has received or posted your documents (for registered post).


To learn about documents legalization process in the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, you can contact the UK FCO in the following ways:

POST:    The Legalisation Office 

                Norfolk House (West)

                437 Silbury Boulevard

                Milton Keynes

                MK9 2AH

 

TELEPHONE:       03700002244

FAX:                   01908295122

Email:                 Legalisationoffice@fco.gov.uk

Website:              www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation

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