Saudi Embassy London Legalisation

When a document is legalised, the government entity legalising it declares that the document is genuine, valid, and that the information on the document is accurate.

When documents issued by foreign governments are used for official purposes like Saudi visa applications, work placements, commercial reasons etc., such verification / authentication of documents is required.

The Foreign and Commonwealth office in the UK normally verifies documents issued by countries that are members of the Hague Convention.

Since the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is not a signatory of the Hague Convention, all documents not issued by any Saudi Arabia official body must first get recognized by the Saudi Arabian embassy in London. Only after embassy legalisation, they can be used in Saudi Arabia for a visa, employment, registration, commercial, or other purposes.

Saudi embassy Legalisation UK process

For documents to be legalised by the Saudi Arabia embassy in London, the process will vary as per the type of document you want to legalise.

Most documents will require FCO apostille prior to embassy legalisation. Some documents also require a further attestation from the Saudi Cultural Bureau or a Solicitor.

Documents that require attestation from Saudi Cultural and apostille from FCO

All documents issued by UK educational institutes and universities will require attestation from the Saudi Cultural Bureau. Example of these documents include –

· Degree Certificates

· Academic Transcripts

· Professional qualification certificates

Documents that require Solicitors attestation and apostille from FCO

Documents that are not issued by any official UK government or educational body must be attested by a solicitor. Example of these documents include –

· Medical Forms

· Medical reports

· Letter of recommendations

· Training certificates issued by private bodies

· Shareholder certificates

· Contracts

Documents that require apostille only from FCO

Documents issued by UK registrar or government bodies must be apostilled by the FCO. These include –

· Police Reports like ACRO, CRB

· Court documents

· Company Documents like Incorporation Certificates

· Companies house certificates

· Letters issued by HMRC

What is cost of Saudi Legalisation?

The cost of legalisation will vary as per the document type and the number of documents. The fees for FCO apostille is typically £70 + VAT and Legalisation is additional £50 + VAT.

If solicitors’ attestation is required, then it ranges from £90 for a simple letter to £220 for police ACRO certificates.

What is processing time for Saudi legalisation?

Again, depending on the type of document, it will take at least 2 days for FCO attestation and an additional day for the embassy legalisation.

We recommend you to call us so we can give you exact cost and processing time for your documents.

How to reach the Saudi Embassy?

The Saudi Arabian Embassy in London is located at:

30 Charles Street,


London W1J 5DZ

Phone: 0207 917 3000

Fax: 0207 917 3113


Except on Fridays, the office is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

How can we help?

We can assist with the entire legalisation process including visa applications. We are authorised by the Saudi Arabia embassy in London to process all visa application and documents. You can email us at or call us on 0208 571 0883.

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