Australian Embassy
United Arab Emirates

Services for Australians

Services for Australians

Consular Assistance

The Consular Services Charter outlines the consular services and assistance that are provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There will be circumstances in which our ability to provide consular support may be limited. These circumstances are outlined in this document.

The Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has consular responsibility for Australians in Abu Dhabi.  The Australian Consulate-General in Dubai has consular responsibility for Australians in Dubai and the northern Emirates. 

Seeking legal advice in the UAE

The legal and judicial system in the UAE differs significantly from Australia.  Civil and criminal laws and systems can seem complicated and cases can take a long time to resolve.   The Australian Embassy and Consulate-General cannot provide legal advice to Australians in the UAE, but can provide the following lists of lawyers who may be able to assist:

For more information about laws, see our travel advice

Notarial Services

The Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate-General in Dubai can provide notarial services by appointment only. See our Legalising documents page for essential information on the services we can provide.  Fees are applied for Notarial Services.

Please note that in many cases, authorities in the UAE require Australian documents to be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia and the relevant UAE Embassy or Consulate in Australia before they can be accepted. You will need to confirm the requirements for your document with the UAE authorities before making an appointment for notarial services at the Australian Embassy or Consulate-General.

Travel Information for Australians

The Smartraveller website, provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade offers the latest travel advisories and other traveller hints, including specific travel advice for the UAE.

Please subscribe to relevant travel advisories and bulletins on Smartraveller to ensure you receive an email notification each time they are updated.

We encourage you to register your details with the Australian Government through Smartraveller. This will help us to contact you or your family in the event of an emergency.


Information about Australian passports, including passport applications, compulsory documents and photograph requirements, is available on the Australian Passport Office website.

All Australian citizens must lodge their passport application in person. We are not able to accept applications by mail or courier. This helps us to protect you, by protecting the security and integrity of your Australian passport.

Please note that child applications should be lodged in person by a parent or person with parental responsibility for the child. The person lodging the application is not required to be an Australian citizen, but will need to present photographic identification for both parents at the appointment.

Passports will take up to three weeks to process from lodgement to delivery.  It is a good idea to plan the replacement of a passport well ahead of the expiry date and, if you need to travel, ensure you have sufficient time to replace passports and visas where needed. Remember that some countries require that passports have at least six months validity in order to permit entry or obtain a visa.

Passport fees are payable by credit card only in UAE Dirhams at the nominated exchange rate (which is subject to variations).  Cash and personal cheques will not be accepted, and no other currency is acceptable. 

Contact us to make an appointment to lodge your passport application:

Abu Dhabi: or +971 2 401 7500

Dubai: or +971 4 508 7100

If your UAE residency permit is in your expired passport

Please contact the UAE General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs for information about what to do if your UAE residency permit is in your expired Australian passport.  UAE immigration and residency requirements are subject to change, and the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Australian Consulate-General in Dubai are not able to provide advice on behalf of the UAE Government in this regard.

If you plan to lodge an application in Australia

You may wish to apply for replacement passports while in Australia. You can prepare forms and make appointments for interview ahead of departure if your time in Australia is limited. In Australia you can pay the priority processing fee and have your passport issued in 2 working days (allow additional time for delivery, if required).  Otherwise we recommend you allow up to three weeks to receive your new passport. The priority processing service is not available in the UAE.

Letters of No Objection

The Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai does not issue personalised letters of no objection for individual Australian citizens in the United Arab Emirates.

Instead, Australian citizens in need of a letter of no objection can download our universal letter of no objection in English and Arabic, free of charge.  This letter applies to all Australian citizens and should be used in place of personalised letters confirming the Australian Government has no objection to:

  • An Australian citizen travelling to or through any country permitted under Australian law, or apply for a relevant visa;
  • An Australian citizen sponsoring an Australian or non-Australian family member for visa purposes;
  • A residency permit for the United Arab Emirates being transferred from a foreign passport to an Australian passport.

Australian citizens do not require the approval of the Australian Government for any of the above.

Relevant authorities in the United Arab Emirates are aware of this policy. 

Current Passport and Notarial Fees

The Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai do not accept cash.  Fees can be paid by credit or debit card only.  We accept most major cards, except American Express.

Fees are subject to change on a monthly basis.

Passport fees from 1 June 2018:

Type Validity   Fee in AED

Adult (18+) including overseas surcharge

10 years



Child (16-17) including overseas surcharge

10 years



Child (0-15) including overseas surcharge

5 years



Senior (75+) including overseas surcharge

5 years



Replacement passport

For applicants who have a full passport, but more than 2 years' validity remaining

Expiry date of current passport



Emergency passport overseas





Other document types:

Type   Fee in AED

Certificate of Identity



Document of Identity



Convention travel document (titre de voyage)



Observation made after passport issue




Notarial fees from 1 June 2018:

Consular Act Fee in AED

Administering an oath or receiving a declaration or affirmation


Effecting, or attempting to effect, service of a document and issuing a certificate or affidavit of service or attempted service of a document


Witnessing a signature or seal on a form or declaration


Preparing a declaration or other document


Verifying and certifying a copy of a document or part of a document


Signing a document, or affixing a seal to a document or other article


Witnessing the execution of a will


Transmitting a document or other article through official channels


Transferring funds through official accounts, other than for the purposes of the realisation of a deceased estate


Preparation and issue of an Apostille certificate


Preparation and issue of an Authentication certificate


Preparation and issue of a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage


Useful Information for Australians Living in the UAE

Returning to Australia


Australian Schooling Equivalency Information