Ethiopia Document Attestation

Certify documents issued in Ethiopia for official use in Europe and abroad.

Certify documents issued in Ethiopia for international use
Authenticate Ethiopian documents including birth, marriage and death certificates, certificates of single status, criminal record certificates, elementary school and high school transcripts, General School Leaving Certificates, degrees from Ethiopian universities, medical certificates, court judgements, powers of attorney and affidavits, trade documents.

Ethiopian documents required for use abroad must be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then by the embassy of the recipient country in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia does not issue Apostille stamps.

  • Isarey offers a start-to-finish document legalization service in Ethiopia. We will arrange all required pre-certifications and submission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • We can obtain Ethiopian Police Clearance Certificates from the Federal Police Commission in Addis Ababa.
  • We work with all major embassies in Addis Ababa, including the embassies of Italy, Spain, France, the United Arab Emirates, India, China, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
  • Documents legalized in Ethiopia are delivered worldwide by secure courier.

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Ethiopian Documents that can be legalized

  • Marriage, death and birth certificates

    Ethiopian birth, death and marriage certificates issued by the Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa city administrations can be submitted directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for legalization, otherwise the certificates require prior certification by the respective regional office.
    Birth and marriage certificate issued by religious institutions require prior certification by the institution's supreme body in Addis Ababa.
    Death certificates issued by medical institutions require prior certification by the respective health bureau.
  • Police Clearance Certificates

    Ethiopian criminal record certificates must be issued by the Federal Police Commission in Addis Ababa.
    Isarey can obtain Ethiopian Police Clearance Certificates in on behalf of clients requiring legalization for use abroad. A set of fingerprints will be required. Please contact us for assistance.
  • Education Certificates

    Degree certificates from Ethiopian public universities must be signed and sealed by the office of the University Registrar.
    Diplomas and transcripts issued by private and non-governmental institutions must be authenticated by the Ethiopian Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA).
    General School Leaving Certificates (10th and 12th grade) require authentication by the National Examination Agency of Ethiopia.
    Once certified by the relevant authority, education documents can be legalized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embassy of the requesting country in Addis Ababa.
  • Notarized Documents

    Powers of Attorney, Affidavits, certified passport copies, contracts and other private documents certified by a notary in Ethiopia.
  • Trade and Investment documents

    Certificate of origin must be certified by the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce or Authorized Regional Chamber of Commerce. Documents related to quarantine and sanitation of export products must be certified by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • Trade documents

    Attest Ethiopian certificates of origin, certificates of free sale, commercial invoices, product health certificates, GMP certificates and other trade documents
  • Certified Translations

    To legalize translations at the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the translation must be done by a translation office with a valid Ethiopian translation licence and authenticated by the local documents authentication and registration office.
    Foreign embassies often have their own specific requirements to legalize translations and may not accept translations legalized by Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please contact us or check with the recipient embassy before proceeding with a translation.

Isarey provides document attestation services in Ethiopia to private, corporate and institutional clients worldwide. To find out about certifying Ethiopian documents for use in Europe and abroad, use our online quotation form or email us a scan or description of the documents you need to certify. We will get back to you directly with a quotation and details of how to proceed:

6 steps to certify document issued in Ethiopia

  1. Upload the documents you need attested or send them to us by email.
  2. Our experts will pre-check your documents to ensure that they are eligible for Apostille certification or consular legalization in the country where they are issued, and we’ll assist you locally in preparing them if required.
  3. We’ll send you a quotation with the total cost of the process (final price including all fees, certified translation when required and courier costs) and an estimation of how long the process will take to complete.
  4. We’ll arrange a secure courier to collect your original documents (where electronic versions are not sufficient).
  5. As soon as we receive your documents, we will confirm your order and proceed with the attestation process. Where appropriate, we will arrange certified copies for the attestation process so that we can return your originals directly.
  6. We return the attested documents to you by secure international courier.

Legalize Ethiopian Documents

Ethiopian documents can be certified for cross-border use through legalization

Consular Legalization

Legalization is a procedure used when an Ethiopian document needs to be certified for official use abroad. Each document requires a double certification: first by the authorities of Ethiopia and secondly by the authorities of the country where the documents will be used (the receiving country). This second certification, which is generally provided by the embassy or consulate representing the receiving country in Ethiopia, confirms the first certification and so validates the document for official use in the receiving country.

Documents Required for Germany
Ethiopian public documents cannot be legalised for use in Germany. The German Embassy may agree to carry out a document verification, but only upon a request issued by a German authority. Copies of Ethiopian public documents can only be authenticated if the authenticity of the original can be determined without a doubt, i. e. documents with security features such as drivers’ licenses or passports.
Ethiopian documents cannot be legalised. On request of German authorities, the Embassy can carry out a document verification. Private individuals cannot initiate a document verification. Verification of Ethiopian documents for use in GermanyExternal link (opens in new tab)
Certified Translation

Where Ethiopian documents are to be used abroad and where the receiving country has a different official language, certified translation may also be required. Isarey takes care of any certified translations required as part of the document attestation process, ensuring that translations are carried out and certified in accordance with local regulations.

Note that a certified translation on its own only provides assurance that the translation itself is accurate and true; it does not confirm the authenticity of the original document. The original document must be legalized for a certified translation to carry equivalent legal weight.

Ethiopia Document Resources

External resources and news about Ethiopian documents, apostilles and certification procedures.

Ethiopia Document Resources
Apostilles and Legalization
Authentication and Verifications of Documents - to use in Germany
Authentication and Verifications of Documents - to use in Germany
The certification of a signature is done by acknowledging or uting the signature before the consular officer. A name signature can only be authenticated if it is uted before the consular officer. In both cases, the personal appearance of the person whose signature, name signature or hand sign is to be certified is required.
Translation and legalization of documents - to use in Italy
In order to be enforceable in Italy, deeds and documents issued by the Ethiopian Authorities must be legalized by the Italian Embassy in Addis Ababa (Consular Office), after being legalized by the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The above links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; Isarey bears no responsibility for the accuracy, content or policies of external websites.

Get a Quotation for your Documents

We price each certification process individually, depending on the type and quantity of documents to be attested, the country of issue, the country of use and intended purpose, urgency, whether certified translations are required as part of the process and courier costs.

To receive a quote, you can upload your documents using our online quotation form or send us your documents by email. After reviewing your documents and requirements, we will get back to you with a quotation:

If you don’t have the documents available, just describe the documents you need to certify, and we will get back to you with an estimation of cost and delivery times.

Using our quotation form, your documents will be uploaded over a secure connection and immediately encrypted on our server. For added protection, you can upload password-protected files ( PDFExternal link (opens in new tab), Microsoft Office 365: Save a password protected document to prevent unauthorized people from opening it. Office DocumentsExternal link (opens in new tab), WinRAR Encryption Frequently asked question (FAQ) RAR foldersExternal link (opens in new tab)) and provide us with the passwords separately.

PERSONAL DATA: If your documents contain personal data belonging to people outside your household, please ensure that you are authorised to share this data before uploading your documents. If your documents contain sensitive personal data, such as biometric data, medical data or data on criminal convictions, please ensure that you indicate this when prompted, upon submitting your documents. For further information on our processing of personal data contained in uploaded documents, please see:
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