Australian Embassy
Cabo Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea Bissau

Notarial Services

Please ensure that documents relating to the 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 Portugal guarantees the legal effectiveness of the notarised document or the accuracy of its content. Fees paid for notarial services are non-refundable.


The Australian Embassy in Portugal provides a limited range of notarial and documentary services for Australians in Portugal. In many cases, local notaries can provide services at rates which are set by the local Portuguese Notary Society.  In some cases, accessing these services may be more convenient than travelling to the Australian Embassy.


Notarial Services Overseas

Please visit smartraveller before booking an appointment to learn about the different types of notarial services we offer and requirements before we can perform them.

Notarial Service


Can I send my documents by registered mail?

Apostille of The Hague (Apostila de Haia)


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.

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.

The Australian apostille is placed on the original Australian document. 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 us to confirm if your Australian document can be legalised by the Embassy with an Apostille of the Hague.

The Australian Embassy in Portugal is unable to attach an Apostille to documents issued in Portugal.

Yes. You can request this notarial service by mail or an in-person appointment.

Witnessing signatures on documents and statutory declarations


Australian Embassy consular officers can witness signatures on documents. You will be asked to show valid identification, such as your passport or driver’s licence.

For statutory declarations, please complete the statutory declaration form (do not sign) and have it ready for an officer to witness at the Australian Embassy in Lisbon.

No. You must make an in-person appointment.

Certifying true copies of documents


Australian Embassy consular officers can certify photocopies of original Australian documents and original foreign documents intended for use in Australia. 

A certified copy of a document confirms in English that the photocopy is a true copy of an original document sighted. It is an Australian requirement that you provide the original(s) document(s) to be certified.

Yes. You can request this notarial service by mail or an in-person appointment.

Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI)

Australian Embassy consular officers can issue Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI), if you require one.

Yes. You can request this notarial service by mail or an in-person appointment.


Notarial Service Fees

The Consular Fees Act 1955 (Cth) and the Consular Fees Regulations 2018 (Cth) set out the fees charged for notarial services.

A fee is required to be charged per service performed. For example, a seperate fee will be charged for each document requiring certification. If you require the witnessing of the signatures of two seperate clients on one single document, two fees will required to be charged. All fees are non-refundable.

Notarial Service Fees - April 2024





Administering an oath or receiving a declaration or affirmation $85 €52
Witnessing a signature or seal on a form or declaration $85 €52
Verifying and certifying a copy of a document or part of a document $85 €52
Signing a document, or affixing a seal to a document or other article $85 €52
Witnessing the execution of a will $85 €52
Preparation and issue of an Apostille certificate or Authentication $98 €60
Preparation and issue of a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage $171 €104


We accept EFTPOS/Multibanco and credit card (Visa or Mastercard).


Book an appointment

Notarial services are offered by appointment only. Please bring your valid passport or ID card and the original documents to the appointment.

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Sending Documents by Registered Mail


If requesting a notarial service by registered post, ensure you include a cover note detailing what notarial service you require, your name and contact number and return address. Documents should be addressed to:

Australian Embassy Lisbon

Avenida da Liberdade, 200, 2nd floor
1250-147 Lisbon

Returning your documents to you by registered mail will incur a 3 euro fee.

Payment can be made by one of the following methods:

  1. Credit card payment - please note that due to exchange rate variations, the processing fee can vary from month to month. If you choose to pay via credit card, you will be charged the applicable fee corresponding to the date we undertake the notarial service.Please complete the Credit Card Authorisation Form
  2. Bank transfer - contact the Embassy for account details

Transfer of funds from an international, non-Portuguese bank account can incur additional transfer fees. All fees incurred with the transfer of monies from these accounts are the sole responsibility of the client/sender.



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on + 351 21 310 1500 or [email protected].


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