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Documents issued in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq

In order to be effective in Portugal, documents issued in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq must be legalized by the Embassy of Portugal in Abu Dhabi, which has jurisdiction over these 3 countries in the region.

This legalization requires prior certification of the documents by the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), after which the Embassy will be able to recognize the authenticity of the signature affixed on MoFA's stamp.



  • Original passport or passport copy attested by competent authorities or Portuguese ID card (if applicable)
  • The puropose of the attestation clarified with document evidences
  • Authorisation letter needed if represented by others


How to legalize documents at the Embassy

Interested parties can attend the Embassy from Sunday to Thursday, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm, and present the original document (s), previously certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Kowait or Iraq.

Depending on the number of documents, you will be duly informed of  the legalization time.

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