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Legalising German Documents for Qatar

Before you can use a document that was issued within Germany in Qatar, it will need to be legalised. Whether it is a birth, marriage or death certificate, an educational qualification or any other personal or company document that originates from Germany, let us take the hassle away for you and save your precious time.

How does it work?

Attesting a German document 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. To make things easier for you, we’ve outlined below the process that each document needs to go through, but bear in mind that the process for certain documents can vary from this. To be certain that we can provide you with fully accurate information, get in touch for your free personalised quotation.


Most German documents will need to go through an initial stage of certification. This could be either verification from some governmental authority, or simply the need to take a certified and notarised copy of the original documents. This step in the process is not however needed in the case of government-issued documents such as birth, marriage or death certificates.
Initial Certification

Translation from German into English

As the Qatar Embassy only accepts documents written in either English or Arabic, any documents that are not already in English will need to be translated. The original document is translated from German to English, then the translator will make an affidavit to swear that the translation is accurate. The original document and its translation are then bound together and this bundle is attested.

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

Certification by a Supervisory Authority

In the German federated system, prior to federal legalisation, documents must be certified by one of any number of supervisory authorities. These are usually government departments within a specific ministry, and can vary based on locality too. In the case of a sworn translation, once it has been completed, the supervisory authority is the District court that will check the translator or translation company is registered with them before being certified.
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German Federal Legalisation

Once a document has been seen by the relevant supervisory authority, it can then be presented to the Federal Administration Office (Bundesverwaltungsamt) for legalisation. During this process, the officials will add a paper sticker to the document which is their validation that the supervisory authority certification has been completed correctly.
Federal Administration Office (Germany)
Qatar Embassy Stamp

Qatar Embassy Attestation

The final step in Germany is to have the document stamped, known as legalised, by the Qatar Embassy in Berlin. During this stage an official Qatar-government sticker and seal is applied to the document. This confirms to the authorities in Qatar that the document has completed all the required steps in Germany.
Qatar Embassy in Germany
Qatar Embassy Stamp

MoFA Attestation (Qatar)

Once the document has reached Qatar, it requires a further legalisation stamp by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Qatar which validates that your document has been processed correctly in Germany. Some employers make arrangements to handle this for you, so you should check whether this needs completing by you or not.
Learn More About MoFA Attestation Here
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Qatar)

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 Qatar.
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Attestation Notes

  • Birth, marriage or death certificates need to be less than 6 months old to be able to be processed. In some federal states, they require the certificates to be no older than 3 months.
  • When attesting an educational qualification, any award certificate and transcripts must be processed separately as individual documents.
  • All educational documents will need to be verified by the issuing institution before they can be attested.
  • A Power of Attorney will need to be completed to allow our colleagues in Germany to act on your behalf.
  • The Qatar Embassy in Germany will not usually process any document that has previously been attested for use in another country, i.e. one that has the stamps of another embassy on it.
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Acceptance Guarantee
We guarantee your document will be valid in the country for which it was legalised.
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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 legalise a range of documents for use in Qatar, no matter where you're from. You can rest assured that by using our service, your attested documents will be accepted within Qatar.
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