The Embassy’s Consular and Passport Section is able to provide notarial services such as witnessing signatures, legalising Australian public documents, certifying copies, and swearing oaths or affirmations for affidavits. You can find more information about these services on the Smartraveller website.
The Embassy works on an appointment basis for notarial services. For information on how to book an appointment, please see below.
Getting married in Egypt
According to Egyptian law, in order for non-Egyptians to undertake a legal marriage in Egypt, they need to conduct a civil marriage at the Foreigners' Marriage Office at the Ministry of Justice. The non-Egyptian party to the marriage is required to present a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) issued by their embassy in Egypt.
The Foreigners' Marriage Office requires further information that is not included in the CNI. To meet this requirement, the applicant must complete a Statutory Declaration that includes the required information and the Embassy issues a letter based on this declaration.
To obtain a CNI, the applicant needs to attend the Embassy in Cairo, at a prearranged appointment time (refer to “Booking an appointment” below), and bring the following documentation:
- Current Australian passport
- Partner’s ID/passport
- Completed CNI application form
- Note: The declaration on page 3 must be completed during your appointment at the Embassy in the presence of an Australian Consular/Diplomatic Officer
- Statutory Declaration with Sections 1 and 2 completed. Refer to this guide for the details that must be provided in Sections 1 and 2 of the Statutory Declaration.
- Note: Sections 3-8 must be completed during your appointment at the Embassy in the presence of an Australian Consular/Diplomatic Officer.
- In case of any previous marriages, the applicant and/or their partner must submit supporting documents to prove how the marriage was terminated (e.g. divorce certificate, death certificate)
There is no need to obtain the CNI or a Single Status Certificate from Australia.
You can find more information on CNIs, overseas marriage and its recognition in Australia on the Smartraveller website.
The CNI is usually issued within two working days from the time of lodging the application. You will then need to have it authenticated by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
You may approach the Foreigners’ Marriage Office for further information on the requirements for performing civil marriage. Their address is: 3 Lazoughli Square, Ministry of Justice's new building, Cairo and Tel: +2 02 2795 3587.
Under Sharia Law, a divorced female can only remarry after 3 months have passed from the date of her divorce. The date of the divorce is the latest date stated on an Australian divorce certificate issued by the appropriate judicial authority (i.e. when the divorce became absolute), and NOT a religious divorce certificate.
Skills assessment applicants who are seeking notarial services (i.e. certification or authentication of documents, witnessing of signature and certifying photographs) are seen by appointment only. Appointments are available 10:00 am - 1:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays. Documents can be collected on the following day allocated for providing such services.
To make an appointment you need to
- Refer to the attached notarial services document for detailed information on the available notarial services including their definition, cost and requirements. You must complete the form at the end of the document and present a printout of it when you attend the Embassy.
- Book an appointment (refer to “Booking an appointment” below).
Please note the following:
- Choose “Skills assessment related notarial services”
- If you arrive late for your allocated booking, or you have not completed your notarial services form correctly, your appointment may be forfeited and you may have to wait while on-time and prepared clients are served by Consular staff.
- If you have any translated documents related to your skills assessment application, please refer to the following information.
- If you are coming with someone else who also needs to obtain notarial services, please make sure to book a separate appointment for each person. Only one client will be served per appointment.
Authentication of translated documents
The Consular Section at the Embassy is unable to authenticate any documents translated by a local private translation service; however, we may provide certified true copies of these documents. While we do provide a list of accredited Egyptian translation offices, we are only able to recognise their work in the context of Australian passport applications.
Where should I get my documents translated?
According to the type of document that needs to be translated, you may approach the relevant government agency (e.g. Ministry of Justice, Civil Status Organisation) for translation of both Egyptian and non-Egyptian documents. The translated document may then be authenticated by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and subsequently by the Embassy.
Please note the Embassy is not in a position to advise whether the translated document will then be acceptable for use in Australia. Only the Australian agency where the translated document will be lodged can advise as to the requirements of the translation/legalisation.
Certain documents (e.g. educational certificates/transcripts) may be requested to be issued in/translated to English by the issuing authority.
You need to have your documents translated by a translator accredited with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI). You can locate their list of accredited translators at www.naati.com.au.
If the translated document is for use in Egypt, it should first be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Australia. You can find more information on this process on the Smartraveller website. Following this, it can be authenticated by either the Egyptian Embassy/Consulate in Australia or the Australian Embassy in Cairo.
Letters of No Objection
The Australian Embassy in Cairo does not issue personalised letters of no objection for Australian citizens in Egypt.
Instead, Australian citizens in need of a letter of no objection can download our universal letter of objection, free of charge.
Notarial Service Fees as of 1 January 2018
Notarial service fees will increase from 1 January 2018, following a recommendation from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Functional and Efficiency Review.
The new fee schedule takes into account the annual rate of inflation in Australia since fees were last increased, the growing cost of delivering notarial services and rising demand. The new fee schedule aligns with notarial service fees charged by commercial providers.
From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
For some services there are free alternatives available to clients in Australia, such as witnessing of documents by medical practitioners or police officers.
The fees on this schedule are in AUD. Fees are only accepted in Egyptian Pounds (EGP) according to the exchange rate applicable at the time of requesting the service. The fees in EGP are available on the appointment booking page.
Booking an Appointment
Before booking your appointment:
- You need to ascertain what type of notarial service you require
- You also need to ascertain whether there are any specific requirements (e.g. qualification of the officer who should perform the notarial act, certain wording to be used in certification, binding of affidavit documents, etc.) for performing that specific notarial act (refer to the Notarial Disclaimer below).
There is a brief description under each notarial service on our booking page; however, for further details (especially for legalisation of educational documents issued in Australia), you will need to refer to the Smartraveller website.
If you are coming with someone else who also needs to obtain notarial services, please make sure to book a separate appointment for each person. Only one client will be served per appointment.
To book an appointment, click here.
Please ensure that documents relating to notarial services you require from the Australian Embassy are presented in the correct form and that you provide the correct instructions for the notarial service you require.
If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to the notarial service you require, you should seek independent legal advice.
Please note that neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt guarantees the legal effectiveness of the notarised document or the accuracy of its contents. Fees paid for notarial services are non-refundable.