Australian Embassy
United Arab Emirates

Consular and Notarial Services

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. In some circumstances, outlined below, our ability to provide consular support may be limited.

The Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi has consular responsibility for Australians in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.  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.   While the Australian Embassy and Consulate-General cannot provide legal advice to Australians in the UAE, the following lists of lawyers may be able to assist you:

For more information about laws, see our travel advice

Notarial Services

The Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate-General in Dubai provides notarial services by appointment only. See our Legalising documents page for important information on the services we can provide.  Fees for notarial services are outlined in the table below.

In some cases, Authorities in the UAE will only accept Australian documents that have been authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia and then the relevant UAE Embassy or Consulate in Australia.

In these cases, if you choose to pursue a notarial service from either the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi or the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai, this is done at your own risk.

It is your responsibility 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.

When attending your appointment, you will be expected to bring the instructions for the exact service you require, as specified in the Setmore appointment booking website.

Below is the list of notarial services currently offered at the Australian Embassy Abu Dhabi and Consulate-General in Dubai:

  • Witnessing affidavits, powers of attorney, wills and other court documents
  • Witnessing statutory declarations for all states and territories (EXCEPT Queensland, New South Wales, and the Commonwealth)
  • Witnessing statutory declarations for Queensland, New South Wales, and the Commonwealth
  • Witnessing a signature or seal on a form or declaration
  • Property – Verifying identity and/or witnessing a signature or seal on a form or declaration
  • Verifying and certifying a copy of a document or part of a document
  • Legalising Documents – Preparation and issue of an Authentication certificate or Apostille certificate
  • Preparation and issue of a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI)

The Home Affairs office at the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai can witness the signing of a statutory declaration in relation to an Australian visa or citizenship application or Form 888 by appointment only.  Please refer to the FAQs for the details of how to make an appointment.

For all other visa and citizenship enquiries, visit the Visas and Citizenship page.

Fees for Notarial Services

Consular Act Fee in AED

Administering an oath or receiving a declaration or affirmation

186

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

186

Witnessing a signature or seal on a form or declaration

186

Preparing a declaration or other document

186

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

186

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

186

Witnessing the execution of a will

186

Transmitting a document or other article through official channels

186

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

186

Preparation and issue of an Apostille certificate

214

Preparation and issue of an Authentication certificate

214

Preparation and issue of a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage

377

 

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.

Travel Information for Australians

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

You can also subscribe to email notifications: we will send these to you when travel advisories and bulletins for your travel destination are updated.

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. 

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