UAE: Consular services for Indians, Pakistanis, Filipinos – all you need to know

Consular services
These are all the consular services you can avail of in the UAE
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Dubai: The UAE has a dynamic expatriate population calling the country their second home. India, Pakistan and Philippines, through their embassies and consulates, provide a range of services from issuing visit visas to their countries, to issuing passports to their nationals or even providing financial and marital counselling.

Important note: Visa services may get affected by COVID-19 regulations in the country. Reach out to the embassy or consulate before you start a visa application process.


Visa services

Some Indian consular services, like issuing of visit visas to non-Indians, are managed by BLS centres, which have 16 different locations across the UAE. The visa is normally delivered in three to four working days, in case the applicant is a UAE national or a UAE resident. However, in case of non-residents and those belonging to certain categories, the issuance of visa will depend on certain additional clearances, which may take longer, according to the Indian Consulate website.

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File photograph of a performance at the Indian Consulate by the youth members from Bochasan Vasi Akshar Purshottam Swaminarayan Sansta (BAPS)

Passport services

These are some of the passport services offered at the Indian embassy and consulate:

1. Issuing a fresh passport, or re-issuing a passport

2. Re-validation of Passport

3. Diplomatic/Official Passport

4. Emergency Certificate (EC) (An outpass, which is issued to an Indian national without a valid Indian passport)

5. Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) (from India)

6. Surrender (Renunciation) Certificate (for surrendering Indian passport – Under Indian law, Applicants of Indian Origin, who have acquired foreign citizenship, are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship.)

7. Registration of Birth & Issue of Passport to new born child

Attestation Services

The Consulate General of India in Dubai provides attestation services to Indians and foreigners. The services are facilitated through an outsource agency – IVS Global Services – which attests documents like:

• Housemaid’ affidavit to state no relationship (which is a requirement for Indian nationals hiring a domestic worker who is also an Indian national)

• Education / transfer certificate

• Other documents (such as court affidavit, surety bond, indemnity bond etc.)

Medical Tourism in India

You can apply for a visa for medical tourists, with the consulate also providing services, which facilitate the entire trip, including coordinating through Medical Value Travel Facilitators and providing access to tourism portals that educate medical tourists of procedures.

Marriages, marital counselling

The Indian Consulate also solemnises marriages, when one of the individuals is an Indian citizen. The consulate also provides support on couples facing marital issues, or to women who may have been deserted by their NRI spouses due to domestic violence or any other fraudulent behaviour.

Where to go?

Consulate General of India

Al Hamriya, Diplomatic Enclave

Sector W-59/02, Diplomatic Area,

Off the Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street (Previously known as Airport Road)

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The service centre has 16 different locations, and you can reach out to them to find out one most convenient to you.

Call Center Number (Abu Dhabi) : 04 387 5667

Call Center Number (Dubai): 04 387 5777

The Mall, World Trade Centre

Khalifa Bin Zayed The 1st Street (Airport Road)


File photograph of Pakistani expatriates at Pakistan Consulate in Dubai celebrating the country’s Independence Day. Picture used for illustrative purposes only.

The Pakistani community can avail of the following consular services from the Pakistani Consulate and the Pakistan Embassy:

Passport and visa services

The following visa services are provided by the Pakistani consular affairs:

• Issuing of visas to Pakistan

• Applying for National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and Pakistan Origin Card (POC), Foreign Exchange Remittance Card or Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) card.

• Registration of Birth of a Child of a Citizen of Pakistan Born Abroad.

• Issuing of Machine Readable Passport (MRP)

• Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) and Emergency Travel to Pakistan

Attestation services

• Attestation of Documents/Execution of Power of Attorneys

• Driving licence attestation

• Educational Documents (Issued by Pakistani Schools in UAE)

• Marriage Certificates

• Character certificates

• Character Certificate

• Unmarried Certificate Affidavit/Union Council Certificate

• CNIC Cancellation Form

• School Leaving Certificate

• Secondary School Certificate

• Higher Secondary School Certificate

• Succession and Guardianship Certificate

• Special Power of Attorney from Pakistan to person Abroad

• Power of Attorney from Abroad to a person in Pakistan

• Documents relating to Commerce/Trade

• Attestation of Photocopy of Passport

• English translation of all above mentioned documents

• Documents issued by National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA)

According to the Consulate General of Pakistan’s website, the consulate in Dubai only countersigns the attestation done by other authorities. It does not attest either the contents or the genuineness of the document. The Consulate, thus, verifies the signatures of concerned attesting authorities. These documents include:

1. Documents issued by various Authorities of Central, Provincial and Local Governments in Pakistan.

2. Documents verified/attested by authorities in UAE, which are intended to be presented in Pakistan. These must be countersigned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the UAE.

Documents not accepted for attestation

The following documents in original as well as the copies of these documents are not attested by the Consulate General of Pakistan, according to its website:

• Visa Note/Invitation Letters for Foreigners

• Documents related to Immoveable Property (i.e. Registries of the Plots and Agriculture Land)

Where to go?

Bur Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Telephone No: 04 3973600, 04 3970412

Plot No. 2, Sector W. 59 Diplomatic Enclave

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


File photograph of Filipino expatriates celebrating the country’s Independence Day at the Consulate in Dubai. Picture used for illustrative purposes only.

The Philippine Embassy and Consulate provide several support services to the Filipino community in the UAE, including:

• Issuing of passport and travel document

• Notarisation and authentication of legal documents

• Birth/repatriation of remains

• Marriage and Civil registry

• Assistance to nationals

Where to go?

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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