Australian Embassy
United Arab Emirates

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.

Letters of No Objection

The Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai do 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 Notarial Fees

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



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.

Useful Information for Australians Living in the UAE

Returning to Australia


Australian Schooling Equivalency Information