Notarial and documentary services guide for Qatar
Documents, certificates, letters and notes available at the British Embassy Qatar.
The British Embassy in Doha issues a range of legal documents for British nationals. An appointment must be made for each service. If there is no specific formal requirement for a notarial service or certificate to be provided by the British embassy; local notaries or lawyers can sometimes provide these services more conveniently, quickly and cheaply.
It is essential to check with the relevant authority (town hall/registry office/tax authorities/foreigners office, etc) either in the UK, Qatar or a third country, where the consular certificate or service will be accepted. Only the relevant authority can confirm which service you will require. This information cannot be verified by the British embassy.
Fees for consular certificates and documents are paid at the embassy on the day of the appointment and can be paid by credit card, debit card or in cash. Refunds will not be given for certificates or notarial services that are not accepted by the requesting authority.
If you cannot find what you are looking for in the list below please see the Our services section at the British embassy website.
Book an appointment
You are required to make an appointment for all services. Please follow the links after each service to make an appointment.
For all notarial and documentary services (except verifying a stamp/seal), you must produce the following documents.
- Your original, valid British passport
Proof of your physical residential address in Qatar. This can be in the form of :-
- Original rental contract / agreement / hotel letter
- Letter from your employer / sponsor confirming your address
- If you are living with your parent / spouse a copy of their passport and rental contract will be acceptable.
The services we provide
Preparing a Document in English
The embassy can provide some standard Foreign and Commonwealth Office approved letters. When making an appointment for this service, please state what type of letter you require and the embassy will advise whether we can assist with your request. All letters will be written in English.
Customers must provide evidence for the letter requested, proof of address and proof of identity.
Notice of Marriage and Consular Marriages
Know what your options are if you would like to get married overseas.
If you are getting married in the UK then you should contact the registrar in the county where the marriage will take place. It is not possible to process any paper work overseas, it will need to be completed in the UK.
Marriage in Qatar
It is possible to get married in the State of Qatar under local facilities such as the churches and the Sharia law court. There are no civil ceremonies performed in Qatar. The embassy conducts marriages only in exceptional circumstances.
Marriages in Qatar normally require a completed marriage affidavit signed and stamped at the British Embassy. You will have to check with the local authorities that this certificate meets your needs.
Customers must provide their passports, birth certificates and decree absolute (if applicable).
Refunds of consular fees are not given for certificates or notarial services that are not accepted by the requesting authority. Fees for consular services are paid at the embassy on the day of the service and can be paid by credit card, debit card or in cash.
For the current fee in Qatar please see our consular fees information.
Proof of address and identity
For all documentary and notarial services (except verifying a stamp/seal) you must produce your original, valid British passport.
We will need proof of your physical, residential address in Qatar. This can be in the form of the following:
- Original rental contract / agreement / hotel letter
- Letter from your employer/ sponsor confirming your address
- If you are a spouse/child and cannot provide either of these a signed letter from the person that is providing your accommodation with a copy of their passport and rental contract ( if applicable) will be acceptable
You must send in copies for the purposes of confirming your appointment, but you must bring the original documents when you come to the embassy.
The British embassy no longer handles applications for renunciation and naturalisation or registration as a British citizen. All applications are now handled by the UK Border Agency.
From 01 October 2013, the British Embassy in Doha no longer provides notarial and documentary services to Commonwealth citizens in countries where they do not have any diplomatic representation, unless there is a clear UK connection to the document or service.
From 17th November 2013 the British Embassy in Doha will no longer issue Visa Recommendation Letters to British Nationals applying for visas to travel to any country. Visa officers are requested to accept a British passport as evidence of a person’s identity and nationality. If required, we have produced a Visa Recommendation note which can be used as necessary.
The Department of Work and Pensions has made changes to who can witness a ‘Proof of life certificate’. This website now reflects the list of people who can countersign a passport photo.
Services provided by other authorities
We have provided a list of local lawyers that may provide the following services:
- witnessing signatures or administering declarations on powers of attorney.
- witnessing signatures or administering declarations on wills.
- witnessing signatures or administering declarations on company documents.
- witnessing signatures or administering declarations on name change deed polls and similar documents.
- certified photocopies of British passports, UK educational documents (including those issued in the UK by a recognised institution and listed in the Legalisation Office website), British driving licences, British divorce decrees and foreign documents including passports, educational documents and ID documents.
- certifying your identity for British banks, building societies and other institutions.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998 (which may be viewed at www.ico.gov.uk. Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.
This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCO and the British embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.
Published: 4 April 2013
Updated: 23 January 2014
- Preparing a notice of marriage and Solemnising a consular marriage sections have been deleted
- Registering a birth, Registering a death and Emergency Travel Document sections were removed.
- First published.