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Indian Embassy clarification on how to get documents attested

Muscat - 

All Indian expatriates, resident in and in-bound to the Sultanate of Oman, are hereby advised to get documents issued in India attested/apostilled by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi or its designated authority with immediate effect.

This has become mandatory now that both Republic of India and the Sultanate of Oman are member states of the Apostille Convention (1961). 

The indicative list of documents issued in India which are required to be apostilled include birth/death/marriage certificates, driving licenses, Affidavits, Power of Attorney, documents and educational documents like degree, diploma, matriculation and secondary level certificates, etc.

The documents already attested by authorities in India/ Embassy of India Muscat are not required to be apostilled again.

The Ministry of External Affairs, India is the nodal Ministry for consular legalization and Apostille of documents for use abroad. The Attestation Cell in the Ministry of External Affairs will accept pre-authenticated  documents at the counter from 0930 to 1230 hours on all working days i.e. Monday to Friday.

The attested/apostilled documents will be returned same day between 1600hrs to 1730 hrs.

The service is being provided by the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi at the following locations:

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1)  Delhi

Ministry of External Affairs
 (Consular, Passport & Visa Division),
 Attestation Cell, Patiala House Annexe,
 Tilak Marg, New Delhi-110011.
 Telefax: 011-2338-7931
 Email: sooi@mea.gov.in, usexoi@mea.gov.in

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2)  Chennai

Ministry of External Affairs Branch Secretariat, 68, College Road, E.V.K. Sampath Mallaligai, 7th Floor, Numgambakkam, Chennai -600006.
 Phone: 044-28252200, 28251323
 Fax: 044-28251034
 Email: usbs.chennai@mea.gov.in

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3)  Hyderabad

Ministry of External Affairs Branch Secretariat, B-Block, Room No. 310-312,
 Andhra Pradesh Secretariat,
 Hyderabad-500022
 Phone: 040-23456051,
 Fax: 040-23451244
 Email: hobs.hyderabad@mea.gov.in

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4)  Kolkata

Ministry of External Affairs Branch Secretariat, 2, Ballygunge, Park Road,
 Kolkata-700019
 Phone: 033-22879701, 22802686,
 Fax: 033-22879703,
 Email: meacal@dataone.in

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5)  Guwahati

Ministry of External Affairs Branch Secretariat, House No. 307, Beltola, Basistha Road, Guwahati-781028.
 Phone: 0361-2229155, 2229156,
 Fax: 0361-2229157
 Email: hobs.guwahati@mea.gov.in

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6)  Goa

Passport Office, Goa
Phone: 0832-2437602(General)
Fax : 0832-2437603

 E-mail: rpo.panaji@mea.gov.in

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Procedure

All original documents requiring attestation/ apostille should be pre-authenticated by the designated agencies in the State from where the document has been issued.

The Ministry of External Affairs, India attests/apostilles the documents on the basis of the signature of the designated signing authorities of the State Government/Union Territory/Chambers of Commerce.

The details of the Regional Authentication Centre (RACs) in the States/UTs from where the documents should first be authenticated are at www.indemb-oman.org  under ‘Consular Services’. Only original documents are legalized/apostilled and not the photo copies.

In case of personal documents, Home Department/General Administration Department of respective States are the designated authorities for pre-authentication.

In case of educational documents, the documents should first be authenticated by the Education Department of the concerned State Government/Union Territory.

In case of commercial documents, these are to be pre-authenticated by the respective Chambers of Commerce in India before these can be attested/apostilled by the Ministry of External Affairs.

The following supporting documents are to be submitted along with the original document. (i) A Photo copy of the document to be attested/apostilled and (ii) A Photocopy of the Passport of the person whose document is required to be legalized/apostilled.

Fee for Apostille:  A fee of Rs. 50/- is payable by means of Postal Order drawn in favour of Pay & Accounts Officer (PAO), Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, for Apostille on each document.

Documents requiring attestation/apostillisation should be submitted personally or through an authorized representative at the counters of the above-mentioned offices. In no case, the documents may be sent for attestation/apostillisation by post/courier.

The documents apostilled by the Ministry of External Affairs of India and its designated authorities are no longer required to be submitted at the Embassy of India, Muscat for attestation.

Likewise, the documents issued by the authorities of the Sultanate of Oman to be used in India are required to be apostilled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman.

These documents include experience certificates, salary certificates, other commercial documents etc. Once the documents are apostilled by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, there is no need for further attestation by the Embassy of India, Muscat.

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