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Registering a birth abroad - Application in the United Arab Emirates

Application and requirements to register a birth in the UAE

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Application for registering a birth abroad - United Arab Emirates

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Application and requirements to register a birth in the UAE

Documents required (Must be originals) Laminated documents are NOT acceptable. You and the other parent must provide:

  • Your child’s local birth certificate in Arabic along with the English translation issued by the UAE – Ministry of Health
  • Your British birth certificates (long version) showing details of your parents Copies can be obtained if necessary from
  • A naturalisation or registration certificate (if either of you were not born in the UK)
  • Copies of your current passport along with the UAE visa page
  • Copy of the child’s passport (dual national, If applicable)
  • Marriage certificate along with an English translation if applicable
  • Divorce documents (if either of you has ever been divorced)
  • A change of name document (if either of you has ever changed your name)

You’ll need to provide originals and a photocopy of each document.

Service fee:

Register a birth: £105 Copy of a birth registration certificate: £65

You are required to pay fees consular services in the local currency - these are shown in the list of Consular fees. Applications must be submitted via courier or recorded delivery, the normal process time if all documents are in order is 5 working days from the day the payment is processed and excludes the delivery time.

Please note that you will need to include an airway bill and courier packaging for your pre-paid return delivery with your application. The Embassy is not responsible for returning your documents. We will only enclose the documents in the provided courier packaging and airway bill and contact you via email when the documents have been processed and ready for collection advising you to schedule the pickup from your preferred courier company. If a return delivery has not been arranged your documents will be filed awaiting you to arrange collection.

Passport Facilities

Please note it is not mandatory to register the birth of your child at the Embassy. If you wish to apply for a British passport, you should apply direct to the Passport Office in Liverpool, UK. For information on how to apply please check the website https://www.gov.uk/overseas-passports. If you have already registered your child’s birth and obtained a British birth registration certificate for your child, you may only send the British birth registration certificate along with the passport application to UK without further documents. However, there may still be instances where further documentation could be requested by UK.

Guidelines on processing the Local Birth Certificate and UAE residence visa:

You must register the birth with the UAE Authorities prior to registering the birth with the British Embassy in the UAE. The hospital will issue a birth notification. This needs to be taken to the Ministry of Health to register the child and obtain a local Arabic birth certificate along with an English Translation. Both certificates must then be presented to the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs for legalisation. Some hospitals are able to help you with this. The registration should be completed within the first 30 days following the child’s birth. If you miss this time limit with the UAE authorities, you may have problems getting the birth registered. You may also be subject to a fine. After obtaining a passport for the child, you will also need to regularise your child’s visa status with immigration. You have 120 days from the date of birth to do this. You will be subject to a fine if you do not do this within the designated time.

Sending your application by Recorded delivery or Courier

Please note that this service is for Birth Registrations and Legalisation only. If you send a notarial service to our office we will return this to you without prior notice. We will not be held responsible for any fees incurred by postal. All notarial services must be performed in person at the Embassies by appointment. For information on booking an appointment for notarial services please check our Website.

Birth Registration

You must send the original requested supporting documents with birth registration form, credit card authorisation form and a signed parents’ consent form.

All Birth Registration Applications for the UAE should be sent to the following address:

You can pay by credit card only. We cannot accept debit cards.

Consular-Birth Registration Consular Section British Embassy - Dubai Al Seef Road P O Box 65 Dubai Telephone: +971 4 309 4444 Fax consular: +971 4 309 4257

It takes about 5 working days for the birth to be officially registered from the date the payment is taken.

You may send us the documents via any preferred courier company of your choice. Below mentioned are a few courier companies for your assistance:

Company Name SkyNet Worldwide Express Telephone: 04 2825999 / 04 282 6555 Email or Email Website

FedEx Telephone: 800 33339 / 04 2183860 Website

UPS Telephone: 04 339 1939 Website Email

SkyCom Telephone: 04 294 2378 Email

CompEx Telephone: 04 258 6998 Website

Airborne Telephone: 04 257 9900

SkyExpress Telephone: 04 2680634 Email

TA Express Telephone: 04 258 8555 Email

Emstar Telephone: 04 2850010 Email or Email Website

Eurostar Telephone: 04 262 9408 Email

First Flight Courier Telephone: 04 2627766 Email Website

CCS Telephone: 04 286 2990 Email or Email

Empost Telephone: 600 56 5555 Website Website

Aramex Telephone: 600544000 Website

The Embassy can only receive deliveries during official opening times at the main security gate between 0800-1300 hours. Please note that you will need to include an airway bill and courier packaging for your pre-paid return delivery with your application. The Embassy is not responsible for returning your documents. We will only enclose the documents in the provided courier packaging and airway bill and contact you via email when the documents have been processed and ready for collection advising you to schedule the pickup from your preferred courier company. If a return delivery has not been arranged your documents will be filed awaiting you to arrange collection.

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