Apostilles of documents, witnessing signatures or certifying photocopies
The Consular section of the Australian Embassy in Lisbon operates by appointments only from 10am - 11.30am and 2pm - 4pm, Monday to Friday. The Embassy is closed on the following public holidays.
Apostille of The Hague (Apostila de Haia)
Australia and Portugal are co-signatories to The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation of Foreign Public Documents, which allows for the simplification of the formal authentication process for public documents.
An apostille is a statement placed on a public document that verifies the country of origin of the document, the identity of the signature/seals/stamps which appear on the document, and the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted.
The Australian apostille is placed on the original Australian document and is now available at the Australian Embassy in Lisbon. You will need to confirm with the relevant authorities in Portugal whether they require an apostille on an Australian document in order to recognise a public document.
Please contact the Embassy to confirm if your Australian document can be legalised with an Apostille of the Hague
Please click here for further information.
Witnessing signatures on documents and statutory declarations
Australian Embassy consular officers can witness signatures on documents. You will be asked to provide original identity documents, such as your passport or driver’s licence.
For statutory declarations, please complete the statutory declaration (do not sign) and have it ready for an officer to witness at the Australian Embassy in Lisbon.
For a copy of a blank statutory declaration form, please click here.
Please note that a fee will be charged for the above services.
Should you require the services of a consular officer to witness your signature, please contact the Embassy to verify if the consular officer will be on duty on the day that you wish to come to the Embassy.
Certifying photocopies of documents
Australian embassy consular officers can also certify photocopies of documents, in either English or Portuguese or in another language, confirming that the photocopy is a true copy of an original document sighted. It is an Australian requirement that you bring the original(s) document(s) to be photocopied.
Should you not wish to come to the Embassy in person, you may send the original document(s) to be certified via registered mail or courier to the Consular Section at this Embassy. Please attach a note to the document(s) indicating you require a certified copy, in English or Portuguese and your full return address, including the postcode and a mobile telephone number for us to return your original document(s) and the certified copy by mail.
Please note that a fee will be charged for this service.
N.B Please ensure that the document(s) relating to the notarial act(s) you require from the Australian Embassy are presented in the correct form and that you provide the correct instructions for witnessing any signatures on the document(s). If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to witnessing signatures on a particular document you should seek independent legal advice. Please note, by witnessing a signature on a document(s) neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal guarantees the legal effectiveness of the document(s) nor the accuracy of its contents.
The following link provides further information regarding overseas notarial services for clients:
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