How to Obtain a Birth Certificate Translation in Qatar

Understanding the Importance of Birth Certificate Translation in Qatar

For expatriates living in Qatar, or those involved in official procedures requiring international recognition of personal documents, obtaining a translation of a birth certificate is often necessary. Whether it’s for visa applications, school registration, marriage registration, or legal matters, having an accurately translated birthnativity certificate that is recognized by local authorities is crucial.

Step-by-Step Guide to Getting a Birth Certificate Translated in Qatar

Step 1: Prepare the Original Birth Certificate

Before initiating the translation process, ensure that the original birth certificate is ready and in a condition to be clearly scanned or photocopied. If the birth certificate was issued outside of Qatar, verify that it has been properly legalized or attested by the relevant authorities from the country of issue, which includes the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country and the Qatari Embassy present there. The quality or legibility of the copied certificates, or having the wrong paperwork, can delay the procedure significantly.

Guide: Ministry Of Public Health Birth Registration System User Manual

Step 2: Choose a Certified Translation Service

It is important to select a reputable and certified translation provider. In Qatar, translation services must receive accreditation from the Qatar Ministry of Justice. Certified translators handle legal document translations, ensuring their validity in government and legal proceedings. Do some research, ask for recommendations from expats or locals, or check reviews to choose a reliable service provider.

Step 3: Translation Process

Once you have selected your translation service provider, submit your original or legalized copy of the birth certificate for translation. Provide clear information regarding the type of certification required (e.g., certification for use in educational institutions might differ from that for employment purposes). The translator will translate the document into Arabic, the official language of Qatar, or any other required language. This process usually takes a few days, depending on the provider’s schedule.

Step 4: Certification of the Translated Document

After translation, the document needs to be certified for official use. This certification confirms that the translation is accurate and complete by the translation service provider. They will stamp the translated document with their official seal. Make sure this step is complete, as local authorities may not accept uncertified translations.

Step 5: Legalization of the Translated Document (if required)

In some cases, especially when dealing with international or governmental bodies, further legalization of the translated document might be required. This could involve getting an attestation from the Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs to verify the authenticity of the translation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a birth certificate translated in Qatar?

The duration varies depending on the translation service provider. Typically, it can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week. It’s advisable to factor in extra time for unexpected delays or additional attestations if required.

What is the cost of translating a birth certificate in Qatar?

Costs can vary widely depending on the urgency, language, and specific requirements such as attestation. Generally, translation services charge per page. Prices may range from 100 QAR to several hundred QAR. It is better to get an estimate from the translation service beforehand.

Is an online translation sufficient for official use?

Normally, an online translation is not sufficient for legal or official purposes in Qatar. A certified translator must perform official translations and include the proper seals and certifications to ensure acceptance by governmental or legal entities.


Obtaining a properly translated and certified birth certificate in Qatar is essential for various official tasks and integration into the local bureaucratic systems. By ensuring that you have all necessary documents in order, selecting a certified translation service, and understanding the requirements for certification and possibly further legalization, you can streamline this process significantly, ensuring compliance with local regulations and facilitating a smoother adaptation in Qatar.

RCH can assist you in obtaining the necessary stamps and seals from the relevant authorities, ensuring that your documents are recognize legally in Qatar. Contact us to save your time and effort by managing the entire attestation process on your behalf, allowing you to focus on other important tasks.