If you are an Australian citizen intending on, or are currently travelling or residing overseas, we encourage you to register your details on www.smartraveller.gov.au as part of your pre-travel planning, in addition to ensuring your travel insurance is up to date and your itinerary and contact details are provided to family or friends. For information about what consular assistance is available to you while overseas including what we can and cannot do for Australians overseas, please check the Australian Government's Consular Services Charter.
Our travel advice and country updates assess the level of risk in a particular destination so that you can make informed decisions about where and when to travel overseas. You can access the full range of travel information to help prepare for overseas travel on smartraveller.gov.au, including the travel advice for:
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For information about Australian passports, including to apply online or to report a lost or stolen passport, click here.
If you are looking for information on Australian visas, immigration or citizenship, or are enquiring about an application you have already lodged, please check our visa page or contact the Europe Visa Centre.
Living and Travelling Overseas (Services and Information)
Driving in Russia
Australians intending on driving in Russia require a translated and notarised copy of their current Australian driver’s licence. In addition, drivers must carry with them the original driver’s licence; passport (with a current Russian visa and migration card) and the vehicle’s registration and insurance certificates. It also recommended (although not mandatory) that you carry an international driver’s permit (check with your local motor club), the vehicle’s technical inspection card; a power of attorney authorising you to drive the car if the car is not in your name (or a rental certificate). Australians with Russian residency permits can drive on their current Australian driver’s licence for up to 60 days after arrival.
- Driving in Russia is on the right side of the road.
- Mostly all street signs are in Cyrillic (Russian script).
- Moscow’s traffic jams are notoriously bad, especially early in the morning and late afternoons.
Renewal of Australian Driver Licences
For information on renewing your Australian driver’s licence. please contact the transport authority of the state which issued your licence.
Australian Police Checks (criminal history records)
For information on obtaining Australian national police checks, known as a criminal history record or police clearances, please contact the Australian Federal Police (AFP)’s National Police Checks section
Australian Birth, Death and Marriage certificates
for information on, and to request copies of an Australian-issued certificate relating to a birth, death, marriage, changes of name, change of sex, adoption, or relationship registration; please contact the registration authority of the state which issued your certificate.
Social Security and Pension Payments
For information about Australian social security and pension payments, please contact Centrelink’s International Services (Department of Human Services).
Notarial Services and Document Legalisation Overseas
Documents relating to notarial services that you require from the Australian Embassy in Moscow must be presented in the correct form with the correct instructions for witnessing any signatures on the documents. 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 neither the Australian Government nor the Australian mission overseas guarantees the legal effectiveness of the document or the accuracy of its contents.
Notarial services available at the Australian Embassy in Moscow include:
- witnessing and taking of affidavits, oaths or affirmations
- witnessing you signing Commonwealth statutory declarations and other Commonwealth forms
- witnessing applications forms for, and issuing of, Certificates of No Impediment to marriage (CNI)
- witnessing notices of Intended marriage
- legalisation of signatures and/or seals on Australian public documents- Apostilles and Authentications
- certifying true copies of documents (that are either Australian or intended for use in Australia) or photographs (needed to accompany Australian forms)
For additional information on Australian notarial services, click here.
Witnessing Forms for Land or Property Transactions
Australian states and territories have rules in relation to land or property transactions in Australia. One of the rules is that a face-to-face interview must be conducted with the individual who is signing a property document and that the identification documents used to verify a person's identity must be presented. If you require a form to be witnessed and/or need identification documents certified, we can perform these functions for you. You should check with your Australian representative what is required before seeking our services. If you require verification of identity for a property transaction, you must attend an interview with original identification documents, client authorisation or mortgage and certification, and the subscriber or mortgagee's written instructions.
It is a requirement that written instructions from your legal representative in Australia be provided in addition to the documents you need witnessed or certified. Where instructions from your legal representative are not provided, the services will be declined.
Once all the correct documents are sighted and certified, we will provide you with a Certificate of Identity confirming that we have witnessed and certified your documents in accordance with the instructions from your legal representative.
Prior to booking an appoitnment, we recommend that you email us a scanned copy of the form with written instructions from your legal representative and relevant documents for preliminary check.
Getting Married Overseas
If you are an Australian citizen wishing to marry overseas (in Russia or CIS countries), local authorities may request that you have a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) issued. If you are getting married overseas you will need to confirm with the local Registry Office (in Russia- ZAGS):
- Whether or not the CNI is required
- Where it should be issued (ie in Australia or through an Australian mission overseas)
- If it needs any additional legalisation (authentication or apostille)
- If a 'Single Status Certificate' or 'No Record Result' issued by the Registry of Briths, Deaths and Marriages in your state or territory could be used instead of a CNI to ascertain your civil status
If you confirm that the Registry Office (ZAGS) requires a CNI, please download and complete the application form and provide an original or certified copy of your Australian passport and similar identity documents for your partner. We also require proof of dissolution of any previous marriages (such as a divorce or death certificate). Note that your application must be ready to be lodged with all supporting documents for the applicant and partner.
For additional information on document requirements for CNI, click here.
For a list of other document required by Russian authorities check with the local Russian marriage registry office (Zapis Aktov Grazhdanskogo Sostoyaniya or ZAGS) located at 17 Butyrsky Ulitsa, Moscow Tel: +74956851960 ot +74956857988).
Letters of No Objection
The Australian Embassy no longer issues personalised letters of no objection (LNO) or letters of clarifications for individual clients. If you were asked to provide an Embassy letter stating that the Australian Government does not object to you marrying a foreign national; adopting a foreign national; permanently residing in a foreign country; obtaining the citizenship of a foreign country; or registering the name of a newborn child without a patronymic name, you can download our universal letter of no objection in English and Russian, free of charge. This letter applies to all Australian citizens residing in or travelling through Russia or our countries of accreditation.
Australian citizens do not require the approval of the Australian Government for any of the above activities, if performed in accordance with Australian and local laws and regulations.
For those intending on getting married overseas and where a letter of no objection is refused, a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage should be applied for (attracts a fee - see above for additional information on how to apply).
Australian Government Hub
For information on other Australian government information or services, please check the Australian Government Hub at www.australia.gov.au