Legalisation of a public document

A public document destined for use in another country should have its authenticity certified in a way that is acknowledged internationally.

A public document of Estonia destined for use in the UAE should be legalised in the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia and thereafter in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates.

A public document of UAE destined for use in Estonia should be first legalised in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE and thereafter at the Estonian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

A public document is:

  • a document, issued by a court or by an authority or person connected to court, e.g. public prosecutor, court official or bailiff (e.g. a copy of court judgment, extract from a registry);
  • administrative document (diploma, certificate, documentation, certified statement, acknowledgement);
  • a document of a notary or sworn translator.


Required documents for submitting a document for legalisation in the Embassy of Estonia in Abu Dhabi:

  1. Application form;
  2. Original document that has been legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the UAE;
  3. If submitting documents by post, you must also include proof of payment. If submitting documents at the Embassy, you can pay the state fee by card. The amount of state fee per each document is 30 EUR.


Submitting documents for legalisation:

  • in person by booking an appointment online: or
  • by courier service to Estonian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Towers, Office Tower No 3, Level 2, Abu Dhabi.


State fee:

Payment can be made by:

  • bank card (in EUR) at the Embassy during lodging the application or
  • bank transfer (in EUR) to the bank account of the Ministry of Finance in Estonia:
    • Receiver: Ministry of Finance
    • Bank account number:
      – SEB Pank р/с EE891010220034796011, SWIFT/BIC: EEUHEE2X
      – Swedbank р/с EE932200221023778606, SWIFT/BIC: HABAEE2X
      – Luminor Bank AS p/c EE701700017001577198, SWIFT/BIC: RIKOEE22
      – LHV Pank p/c EE777700771003813400, SWIFT: LHVBEE22
    • Reference number: 2900073643 (NB! If it is not possible to enter the reference number on the payment order, the reference number must be entered in the clarification field).
    • Clarification of the payment: document legalisation, applicant’s name.

Collecting legalised documents:

  • in person by booking an appointment online: or
  • by courier service (paid and arranged by the applicant) from Estonian Embassy in Abu Dhabi, Etihad Towers, Office Tower No 3, Level 2, Abu Dhabi.

A document is legalised within five working days from the date of acceptance of the document or from the date of receipt of the signature specimen.

A public document cannot be legalised if:

  • an original document issued in a foreign country is not legalised according to the international good practice;
  • content of a public document is not true;
  • according to an international agreement the public document is valid without further certification;
  • circumstances refer to the incompetent change of the original content of the public document;
  • public document has been damaged;
  • fixed term public document has expired;
  • there are grounds to believe that the person who certified the public document lacked the authority to do so;
  • public document is legalised for use in another country;
  • public document has been legalised by another Estonian consular officer.

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