Services for Australians
Voting in the Australian Federal Election: 2 July 2016
The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 2 July 2016.
Early (in-person) voting will be offered at the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Australian Consulate-General from Monday 20 June 2016. Election arrangements including voting times will be published on this page and updated regularly.
In the meantime, you can find information relating to being overseas at election time on the website of the Australian Electoral Commission.
Please also refer to the Smartraveller bulletin on the Federal Election 2016.
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 and Qatar. The Australian Consulate-General in Dubai has consular responsibility for Australians in Dubai and the northern Emirates.
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 and Qatar require Australian documents to be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia and the relevant UAE or Qatar Embassy or Consulate in Australia before they can be accepted. You will need to confirm the requirements for your document with the UAE or Qatar 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 to the Embassy's countries of accreditation, the UAE and Qatar.
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 6 months validity in order to permit entry or obtain a visa.
Passport fees are payable in cash or by credit card in UAE Dirhams at the nominated exchange rate (which is subject to variations). Personal cheques will not be accepted, and no other currency is acceptable.
All passport applications lodged overseas from 1 July 2015 will incur an additional overseas application fee of $100 for adults (including seniors) and $50 for children, payable in UAE dirhams at the nominated exchange rate (which is subject to variations).
Once we open our Embassy in Qatar, passport services will also be available in Doha. Until then applicants from Qatar should contact the Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
Contact us to make an appointment to lodge your passport application:
Abu Dhabi: email@example.com or +971 2 401 7500
Dubai: firstname.lastname@example.org or +971 4 508 7100
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 or Qatar.
Letters of no objection
Please be advised that from 1 September 2015, the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai will no longer issue personalised letters of no objection for individual Australian citizens in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
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 or Qatar 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 and Qatar have been made aware of this change.
Current Passport and Notarial Fees
Passport fees for May 2016:
|Type - 34 Page||Validity||AUD||AED|
|Adult (18+) including overseas surcharge||10 years||356||987|
|Child (16-17) including overseas surcharge||10 years||305||845|
|Child (0-15) including overseas surcharge||5 years||178||493|
|Senior (75+) including overseas surcharge||5 years||229||635|
|Frequent traveller (18+) including overseas surcharge||10 years||484||1341|
Other document types:
|Certificate of Identity||153||424|
|Document of Identity||51||141|
|Convention travel document (titre de voyage)||153||424|
|Observation made after passport issue||15||42|
Notarial fees for May 2016:
|Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage||90||249|
|Witnessing a signature||20||55|
|Declaring an Oath, Affirmation or Affidavit||20||55|
|Witnessing the execution of a will||40||111|
|Certifying a copy of a document||30||83|
|plus if the consular act includes:|
|typing of a document - for each page||20||55|
|copying of a document - for each copy of each page||2||6|
|Preparing a declaration or other document|
|first 50 words, or part thereof||30||83|
|each subsequent 50 words or part thereof||20||55|
Useful information for Australians living in the UAE or Qatar
- Useful contacts numbers
- Taxation issues
- Birth, marriage and death certificates
- Renewal of an Australian driver's licence
- Marriage overseas
- A gateway to information about Australian benefits, payments and services
Returning to Australia
- Handy information for Australians or residents returning from a holiday or moving back to Australia.
- Taking cats and dogs to Australia