The Embassy is open from 8:00am to 4:00pm, Sunday to Thursday, except for public holidays. If you are an Australian citizen in urgent need of assistance when the Embassy is closed, please call 2232 2422 and follow the prompts.
The Australian Embassy in Kuwait works on an appointment basis for notarial services and passport applications. Refer below for further information. Please note that Embassy only takes appointments between 9.00 am and 12.00 pm.
In order to be granted access to the Embassy you will need to bring a valid government issued identification (that is an Australian passport or an Australian driver’s licence). There are no exceptions to this policy.
Consular Assistance: what we can and cannot do
The Consular Services Charter outlines the consular services and assistance that are provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. There will be circumstances in which our ability to provide consular support may be limited. These circumstances are outlined in this document.
The Australian Embassy in Kuwait has consular responsibility for Australians in Kuwait only.
The Australian Embassy in Kuwait can provide notarial services by appointment only.
We provide the following notarial services:
- Witnessing of Signatures (Please contact the Embassy for specific requirements relating to witnessing of signatures, as the requirements may vary depending on the form you wish us to witness.)
- Certifying a copy of a document
- Certificates of Non-Impediment to Marriage
- Legalisation of signatures and/or seals on Australian public documents (apostilles and authentications)
- Legalisation of signatures and/or seals on some Kuwaiti documents that are attested by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (authentications only). For more information on Kuwaiti documents the Embassy can authenticate, please contact us on +965-22322422.
- Issuing To Whom It May Concern letters to obtain police clearances from Kuwait for the purpose of immigration/return to Australia. The Embassy may be able to issue such letters to obtain police clearances from other countries, provided that they are for the purpose of Immigration/return to Australia, and the Embassy of the concerned country does not issue such letters.
- Issuing To Whom It May Concern letters to certify Australian passports.
With regards to educational documents, please note the following:
- Legalising originals of non-Australian educational documents: The Australian Embassy cannot attest original non-Australian educational documents. Please contact the Embassy of the issuing country. We are only able to make certified copies of these documents.
- Legalising Australian educational documents: You are required to attest your original Australian educational documents by an Australian notary public, or the central registration office of your university, or by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia, before the Australian Embassy Kuwait can attest your document.
Please note that if you intend to use these documents in Kuwait, you will have to specifically attest them with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia. This is because the Kuwaiti government will not accept educational documents unless they are attested by the department/ministry of foreign affairs of the issuing country.
The Australian Embassy Kuwait cannot authenticate originals of foreign documents. The only foreign documents we can authenticate are Kuwaiti documents that have been authenticated by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs (except educational documents as explained above). We are also unable to authenticate original commercial documents unless they have been authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia.
Please note that we are unable to authenticate original documents or make certfied/true copies of documents unless they are intended for use in Australia or for Australian purposes overseas. If you have a question regarding this, please contact us on +965-22322422.
Letters Certifying Australian Drivers' Licences for the Purpose of Obtaining a Kuwaiti Driver's Licence
The Australian Embassy Kuwait cannot issue letters to certify Australian driver’s licences. If you wish to obtain a Kuwaiti driver's licence through direct exchange of your Australian one, please contact the issuing State authority of your licence in Australia. We cannot confirm if State authorities issue such letters. However, if you are able to obtain a letter from the State authority certifying the correctness of the details on your driver's licence, you will be required to authenticate the letter by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia and the Kuwaiti Embassy in Canberra before it can be accepted by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Embassy cannot guarantee that this procedure would ensure that you obtain a Kuwaiti driver's licence. We encourage all clients to consult with Kuwaiti authorities first.
Authentication of Australian Documents for use in Kuwait
If you have Australian documents for use in Kuwait, please note that you are not required to authenticate them by the Kuwaiti Embassy in Canberra (with the exception of Australian National Police Certificates). The authentications of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia and the Australian Embassy Kuwait are sufficient for the documents to be accepted by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
We encourage all clients to confirm the specific requirements for their documents with the Kuwait authorities before making an appointment for notarial services at the Australian Embassy.
Authentication of Australian National Police Certificates for use in Kuwait
If you are required to present an Australian National Police Certificate for use in Kuwait (for employment purposes, etc), please note that you are required to authenticate the certifcate by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia, the Kuwaiti Embassy in Canberra and the Australian Embassy Kuwait before the certificate can be accepted by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Approved Translation Offices
For a list of Embassy approved translation offices in Kuwait, please click here.
Please note that if your original translations are done with offices other than those listed, they will need to be attested by both the Kuwaiti Ministry of Justice and the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the Embassy can accept them.
Important Note: The Embassy is unable to attest/certify copies of the Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPIC) identification form for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Please contact the Australian Medical Council (AMC) for other alternatives.
We provide these services by appointment only. Notarial fees are payable in KNET and credit cards only in Kuwaiti dinar at the nominated exchange rate (which is subject to variations). Personal cheques will not be accepted, and no other currency is acceptable.
Please bring two forms of photographic identification (for example: valid passport, driver’s licence, Kuwait Civil ID) and the original documents to the appointment.
As of 1 January 2017, fees for notarial services will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Other than notarial service fees, Australia does not charge for consular assistance provided for Australians.
For more information on the notarial service fees increase, please visit http://dfat.gov.au/news/media-releases/Pages/notarial-service-fees-to-increase-from-1-january-2017.aspx