Australian Embassy
Egypt
Also accredited to Eritrea and Sudan

Notarial Services

Notarial Services

Due to the high demand for services, the waiting time for appointments with the Australian Embassy in Cairo may be prolonged.

The Embassy works on an appointment basis for notarial services. Click on the link below to book your own appointment. Book appointment

The Australian Embassy in Cairo can provide a limited range of notarial and documentary services for a fee. These include:

  • Legalisation of an Australian public document (Authentication of apostille)

  • Authenticate foreign documents intended for use in Australia that have already been translated into English and authenticated by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Certifying copies of Australian documents or documents intended for use in Australia

  • Witnessing signatures on Australian forms

  • Witnessing the signing of Australian Statutory Declarations

  • Witnessing the making of an Australian Affidavit

  • Issuing a Certificate of no Impediment to Marriage (CNI)

Disclaimer

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) uses third-party software (Setmore) to manage the Embassy’s appointments. Your personal information (including your name and contact details) will be collected by DFAT via Setmore to book your appointment and for related purposes. By proceeding with this booking, you are consenting to the collection of this information by Setmore on DFAT’s behalf for these purposes. If this information is not collected, DFAT’s ability to arrange your appointment will be limited. Your personal information will be handled by Setmore in accordance with Setmore’s Privacy Policy, and by DFAT in accordance with DFAT’s Privacy Policy.

In response to COVID-19, changes have been made to our services.  These changes are intended to protect you (our clients), our staff and the wider community.

Please read the following information/general instructions concerning booked appointments and accessing the Embassy:

  • Note that the Embassy may cease public appointments at short notice in light of measures being applied by this office or the Egyptian authorities in response to COVID-19 concerns.

  • Note that the Embassy may need to reschedule your appointment at short notice to accommodate other urgent requests or due to staff availability. Please be respectful to staff if you are contacted in this regard.

  • Arrive at the time of your appointment. You may not be permitted to enter the building before your scheduled time.

  • The Embassy reserves the right to admit only the clients applying for/renewing their passports or requesting a notarial service.  Additional visitors (other family members or friends) will not be admitted.  This is for security reasons and also to prevent visitors crowding the Embassy’s waiting area due to COVID-19.  If there is a genuine reason to accompany another person(s), please advise the Consular Section by email prior to the date of your appointment with the reason and provide the other persons personal details (full name and ID card/passport’s details).  Our email address is: [email protected]

  • Avoid bringing children to the appointments (except passport applicants over the age of 16 years).

  • You must wear a mask. Please bring your own mask to be worn during your visit at the Embassy.

  • Hands to be sanitised or washed upon your arrival at the Embassy (hand sanitiser will be available on site).

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” using the link above), 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, divorce court order, death certificate,).

  • Divorce court orders requires verification, this can be done through forwarding the source email (email sent by the Federal Circuit Court of Australia) to our email address [email protected]. Alternatively, if the original electronic document is accessible through the online web portal https: www.comcourts.gov.au, and we will ask you to log on to this portal using your mobile device/Laptop.

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.

Divorced females

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.

No objection Letter

The Australian Embassy in Cairo no longer issues Letters of No Objection for Australians citizens in Egypt, Sudan, and Eretria.

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

To Download the letter, please click here.

  • Travelling to or through any country permitted under Australian law or to apply for a relevant visa.

  • Pursuit of all types of education (i.e., school, university, and post graduate studies)

  • Purchasing, transferring, exporting, and registering motor vehicles.

  • Obtaining/replacing / renewing driving license.

  • Obtaining work permits.

  • Obtaining, renewing Egyptian residency.

  • Burying deceased Australian citizens in Egypt.

  • Confirmation of domicile.

Relevant authorities in Egypt, Sudan, and Eritrea have been made aware of this policy.

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?

In Egypt:
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.

In Australia:
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.

Notarial Service Fees

Administering an oath or receiving a declaration or affirmation: $74

Witnessing a signature or seal on a form or declaration: $74

Preparing a declaration or other document: $74

Verifying and certifying a copy of a document or part of a document: $74

Signing a document, or affixing a seal to a document or other article: $74

Preparation and issue of an Apostille certificate: $85

Preparation and issue of an Authentication certificate: $85

Preparation and issue of a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage: $150

Fees are paid in Egyptian Pounds (EGP) according to the exchange rate applicable at the time of lodging your documents.

Notarial Disclaimer

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.