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Legalisation of public documents
If you want to officially use a Saudi-Arabian document in Germany, most German authorities will usually require that you get it legalized first. For non-German documents other than Saudi-Arabian, please refer to the information sheet provided below.
Legalisation of Saudi Arabian public documents
Saudi Arabian public documents can be legalized by the German Embassy.
First, you need a legalisation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia. Then, the
original document has to be translated into German. Only documents translated by one of the translators recognized by the German Embassy or a sworn translator in Germany can be legalized.
- see our list of translators
Please bring the original document together with the translation to the Embassy where your document will then be legalized for official use in Germany. The fee for each legalisation of a civil status document is 20 EUR, for all other public documents 40 EUR.
Legalisation of Syrian public documents
Official Syrian documents have to be legalized by the German Embassy in Beirut. Please check the website of the German Embassy in Beirut for more information.
Legalisation of Yemeni public documents
Official Yemeni documents cannot be legalized by any German Embassy due to the political situation in Yemen and the closure of the German Embassy in Sanaa.
Legalisation of German public documents
For information on how to legalize German public documents for use in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia please refer to the following website of the German Federal Foreign Office.
German public documents for use abroad