The Embassy works on an appointment basis for all notarial and passport services. Click on the link below to book your own appointment. Book appointment
The Embassy provides a limited range of notarial services for a fee. These services are for Australian documents, or foreign documents intended for use in Australia. The embassy does not act as a notary public or JP. For information on the different types of notarial services offered by DFAT, please visit smartraveller http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents/overseas.html.
SERVICES WE PROVIDE :
Authentications and Apostilles
Overseas, we can only authenticate Australian public documents or foreign documents intended for use in Australia that have already been authenticated by the local foreign affairs department.
Laminated documents or those that are damaged cannot be accepted for authentication or apostille. Applicants may need to obtain a replacement from the issuing authority. Please visit smartraveller (http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents/overseas.html), or contact the Embassy for further details.
The Consular Section may only authenticate foreign documents translated by NAATI accredited translator.
You can locate their list of accredited translators at www.naati.com.au.
Certifying copies of original documents
Only Australian documents or foreign documents intended for use in Australia can be certified by DFAT.
To have your photo endorsed/certified, you must come in person to the Embassy and produce your photo along with a valid official photo ID (preferably your passport). Please be advised that the only wording we can use to endorse photo is "This is a true likeness of (your full name)".
The document must be prepared before your appointment. It is your responsibility to present the document to be witnessed in the correct form and to provide the correct instructions for witnessing. DFAT staff do not have the authority to provide legal advice.
Please do not sign the document before your appointment. When attending the Embassy to have your signature witnessed, you will also need to bring your current original identity document showing your photo, current name and signature.
The person making the affidavit must take an oath (a sworn commitment based on religious belief) or make an affirmation (a secular sworn commitment) that the contents of the affidavit are true and correct. It is generally an offence to swear to or affirm false information.
DFAT's role is to witness the affidavit and administer the oath or affirmation. It does not attest to the authenticity or truth of the content of the evidence or information.
It is your responsibility to provide the document/s in the correct form and to provide any additional witnessing/administering instructions which should have been provided to you. Please obtain clear instructions from your legal advisor or the entity requiring the affidavit before attending the Australian Embassy. DFAT does not provide legal advice and takes no responsibility for the correctness of the form of an affidavit.
DFAT staff do not have the authority to provide legal advice or to draw up legal documents. Nor can they guarantee the legal effectiveness of documents they witness. Check with your legal advisor if you have doubt.
Issuing of Certificates of no Impediment to Marriage (CNI)
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
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
Note: Sections 3-8 must be completed during your appointment at the Embassy in the presence of an the consular 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.
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.
You can find more information on CNIs, overseas marriage and its recognition in Australia on the Smartraveller website.
** Please make sure to bring completed forms to your appointment**
**The Australian Embassy may reschedule/postpone the appointment of clients with incomplete applications**
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.
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.
Notarial Service Fees
Administering an oath or receiving a declaration or affirmation: AUD $80
Witnessing a signature or seal on a form or declaration: AUD $80
Preparing a declaration or other document:AUD $80
Verifying and certifying a copy of a document or part of a document: AUD $80
Signing a document, or affixing a seal to a document or other article:AUD $80
Preparation and issue of an Apostille certificate: AUD $80
Preparation and issue of an Authentication certificate: AUD $92
Preparation and issue of a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage: AUD $161
Fees are paid in Egyptian Pounds (EGP) according to the exchange rate applicable at the time of lodging your documents.
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.
Online booking system (Setmore) Disclaimer.
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).