How do I legalise my documents for Bahrain?
The legalisation of documents issued in the UK is a necessary step before the documents can be used for various purposes in another country. The laws outlining the legalisation of documents differ from nation to nation, depending on the nature of the documents and their intended use.
The Hague Apostille Convention of 1961 listed out the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries could be legalised for use in other signatory countries. The convention requires a certificate to be issued, called an apostille certificate, which is comparable to notarisation and supplements local notarisation. For signatory nations of the Hague Apostille Convention, an apostille stamp is enough to give documents legal status. The apostille certificate is issued by a competent authority, designated by the government of the member country.
In the case of countries that are not a signatory members of this convention, documents issued in the UK need to have both an apostille stamp from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), followed by legalisation by the Consulate in London.
Bahrain joined the Hague Apostille Convention on 19 April, 2013. As Bahrain is a member of The Hague Convention, an apostille certification from the UK FCO will suffice for documents meant for use by UK nationals in Bahrain. However, the Bahrain Embassy in London also offers legalisation of documents, if required.
The Bahrain Embassy in London can only legalise documents issued in the Republic of Ireland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, Netherlands and the British Overseas Territories. The legalisation of documents by the Bahrain Embassy in London is possible only after their attestation by the government of the territory concerned and in the case of those issued in the British Overseas Territories, the apostille from the UK FCO is also required.
In the UK, certain documents need to be certified, signed and dated by a Notary Public or Solicitor, registered with the FCO’s London database, before they can get the apostille certificate. Also, certain commercial documents, such as certificate of origin, invoices, packing list, bill of lading, and certificate of goods, need to be stamped by the Arab British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) and submitted to the Bahrain Embassy in London through this body.
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Important Notes for Bahrain Embassy Legalisation
Please note that the Bahrain Embassy in London can only legalise documents issued in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, Netherlands and the British Overseas Territories. In addition, before the documents are submitted to the consulate, they need to be:
Attested by the government of the territory concerned (in case of documents issued in Ireland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand and Netherlands)
Apostilled by the UK FCO (in case of the documents issued in the British Overseas Territories).
The Bahrain Embassy in London mandates that commercial documents, such as certificates of origin, invoices, packing lists, certificate of goods, agreements, and trademarks, must be stamped by the Arab Chamber of Commerce and submitted to the Embassy for legalisation only through the ABCC.
The Bahrain Embassy accepts payments in the form of postal orders, company cheques or a banker’s draft, payable to the Bahrain Embassy. No personal cheques are accepted.
The working hours for Bahrain Embassy legalisation are 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, Monday to Friday. The Consulate is closed on bank holidays and Islamic holidays, as well as on Bahrain’s National Day.
Bahrain is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, and it does not require legalisation of documents. The apostille certification of the FCO UK is sufficient for UK-issued documents to be used in the GCC nation. However, in some situations, people seeking work or business visas to Bahrain may require legalisation of their documents.
If you are looking for assistance with the apostille certification or legalisation of documents for use in Bahrain, Legalisations.org.uk can help you. Personal documents, such as birth or marriage certificates, certificates and diplomas of educational qualifications and commercial documents, such as invoices, product certificates. Once these documents have been legalised by the Bahrain Embassy in London, they will be given legal status and will then be accepted by all authorities in Bahrain.
Our expert team has years of experience, ensuring that the entire legalisation process, including attestation, verification, apostille certification and translation (if required) are all completed in the shortest possible time.
Get in touch with us for all your apostille, notarisation and consular legalisation requirements. Our experts are up to date with the latest guidelines and procedures for legalisation by the various embassies, including the Bahrain Embassy in London. We check the accuracy of all your documents to ensure that they comply with the regulatory guidelines and translate them, if required. The entire process of legalisation of your documents by Bahrain Embassy London can take two to three working days, depending on your requirements and the service package you choose.
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If you wish to complete the legalisation process on your own, you will need to visit both the FCO office in Milton Keynes and the Bahrain Embassy in London. Before this, you will need to book appointments with the respective offices. Legalisations.org.uk can complete the entire process on your behalf, so that you have a completely smooth experience of document legalisation.
There will be no need for you to visit any of the offices. Send us all the documents that need to be legalised via courier or by visiting our office. Our consultants are well versed with the procedure, having successfully completed it for numerous individual and corporate clients, taking care of all their attestation, ratification, verification and legalisation needs for use in countries across the globe.
Our experienced consultants have built up strong and long-lasting relationships with the FCO office in Milton Keynes and Bahrain Embassy, which helps us complete the process in the least possible time. We also have close ties with FCO approved Notary Public for any attestation needs.
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In case any documents require translation to Arabic before they can be used in Bahrain, we have a network of translators from the Institute of Translators and Interpreters, and from the Institute of Linguists. We ensure that the translation is accurate, maintaining the integrity of the original document, without any spelling, grammar or formatting mistakes.
Legalisations.org.uk offers a wide range of services and the cost of the legalisation of your documents from the Bahrain Embassy in London will depend on the service package chosen by you. The cost includes the consular fees, plus our service charges.
We offer a standard package of £95, wherein the document legalisation process for Bahrain is completed within six business days. There is also the option of an express service, in which the document legalisation process is completed within three business days and the cost for this is £135.
For Bahrain Embassy legalisation, the Consular fees is £100 per general commercial document, £40 for Certificate of Incorporation or other company certificate, £160 for Powers of Attorney and £40 for any other type of personal documents. Some additional charges may be applicable if you choose to get your documents translated into the Arabic language and charges for courier services selected by you. All you need to do is fill the form on our website and provide all the details of the services required by you. We will provide you with the total fees along with our service charges. Once you have filled the form and submitted the fees, you can send us the necessary documents for legalisation.
After reviewing your documents, our experts will get back to you in case additional steps are required for the legalisation of your documents. They will also discuss with you any additional costs involved for the processing of the same. Legalisations.org.uk is known for its transparent and cost-effective services.
Bahrain is a member of the 1961 Hague Apostille Convention, and therefore documents issued in the UK require only apostille certification before they can be used in the Arab nation. However, if you would like to get any document legalised from the Bahrain Embassy in London, you need to submit the apostilled documents to the consulate office, which might take some more time for the process to be completed.
Legalisation of documents by the Bahrain Embassy in London requires the compulsory attestation of the documents by the government of the respective territory (Ireland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, Netherlands and British Overseas Territories). As per the rules, the documents issued in the British Overseas Territories also need to have the apostille certification from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Some commercial documents, such as the certificate of origin, invoices, packing list, bill of lading and certificate of goods, require the stamp of the Arab Chamber of Commerce and need to be submitted to the Bahrain consulate only through the Arab British Chamber of Commerce.
For the documents to be legalised they can be submitted to the consulate from Monday to Friday between 9:30 am and 1:00 pm. Documents submitted on Monday can be collected on the following day.
The general turnaround time for legalisation of your documents is one to two working days, with one day required for the apostille certificate from the FCO. In case, you wish to speed up the process, you can choose our premium services, which ensure that the apostille stamp is issued within 2-3 hours. You might need to pay some extra charges, depending on the package and services you choose in your order form, such as DHL delivery.
Anyone seeking employment in any city in Bahrain will need to get sponsorship from a Bahrain national or company to apply for a work visa for the GCC nation. The Bahrain company offering employment will need to have block visa approval. The Bahrain Labour Market Regulatory Authority, or LMRA, processes and issues all visas before expats are allowed into the country. This requires submission of certain documents that include a medical report, certificates of academic and professional qualifications, personal documents, such as a birth certificate, and a marriage certificate. To avoid any kind of problems and rejection, you need to ensure that the documents have apostille certification from the UK FCO and, if required, legalisation by the Bahrain Embassy in London.
When applying for a family visa to Bahrain, the candidate must get their birth certificate, marriage certificate and educational degree certificates apostilled by the UK FCO.
The Bahrain Embassy in London legalises documents issued only in the UK (including Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Channel Island and British Overseas Territories). It also legalises documents issued in Ireland, Norway and Iceland.
In case of documents issued in the Republic of Ireland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand and Netherlands, attestation by the government of the concerned territory is mandatory before legalisation by the Bahrain Embassy in London. In the case of documents issued by the British Overseas Authorities, apart from the government authority certification, apostille certification by the UK FCO is also required before legalisation.
Additionally, one should check with their prospective employer in Bahrain regarding any additional legalisation requirements for documents to be used by the company. This could include the applicant’s health record, financial position and even police clearance certificates.
Although the official language of Bahrain is Arabic, the Bahrain Embassy in London does not require documents in English to be translated to Arabic for legalisation.
You should check with your employer or business partners in Bahrain if they require any of your documents to be translated. Some common documents that will need to be translated into Arabic are background checks, power of attorney agreements, and trademarks.
We, at Legalisations.org.uk, offer certified translation of all types of documents. Our translation experts belong to the Institute of Translators and Interpreters as well as the Institute of Linguists and are well versed with the need to maintain the integrity and accuracy of meaning of the documents. Further, these translations are certified by a UK Solicitor or Notary Public, to prove their authenticity.
If you choose our legalisation services, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, along with a copy of the documents to be translated.
The address of the Bahrain Embassy in London is:
30 Belgrave Square,
London SW1X 8QB
The working hours of the consulate for visas and legalisation are Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm.
You can reach the Embassy of Bahrain in London by the London Underground, bus, train or DLR. Bus numbers 14, 22, 38, 507 and 751 will take you to the consulate, which is also accessible through the Heathrow Express, South Eastern and Southern routes. Victoria, Piccadilly and District are the nearest tube stations.