Notary Public Services – Medical Certificates for the Middle East

Notary public services for Medical Certificates to other countries

As an experienced notary public, we are often approached by clients wanting to notarise their medical certificates for use in countries around the Middle East.

While each case can differ, sometimes the notarised documents are sent directly to the intended destination country and other times, our clients must go through the process of notarisation, authentication by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and legalisation by the relevant foreign office (which can sometimes be in Canberra).

As part of the process for notarising medical certificates for the Middle East, we generally contact the issuing doctor to verify the information provided in the certificate – which also means that the verification and subsequent notarisation process can take a little longer than normal. If you are fortunate, and the doctor or the relevant medical centre are readily available this requirement can be completed while you wait. But if not, we will provide you with an indication of processing time and contact you once we have been able to verify and notarise the medical certificates.

To obtain visas or work permits to some Middle Eastern countries, clients have been asked to provide a medical certificate with verification of the issuing doctor against the records held by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA).

AHPRA regulate health practitioners such as:

  • Chiropractic
  • Dental
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Optometry
  • Osteopathy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry, and
  • Psychology.

If you need a notarial certificate confirming the details of the health practitioner and the medical certificate, the relevant foreign office should be able to provide you with a ‘template’ in order for us to prepare that notarial certificate to the satisfaction of your visa or work permit requirements.

Understanding the various requirements at every stage will reduce the risk of unexpected delays in the processing of your medical certificate at all stages. If you do not know or you are unsure, please check with the relevant foreign office or your counterpart in the intended destination country to confirm (in writing if at all possible) the requirements for notarisation, authentication and legalisation or apostille. Proceeding in an incorrect manner may not only waste the cost of the process, but can substantially delay the completion of the process.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

Whether you're notarising a document for the first time or the hundreth time, the requirements, processes, and terms can be confusing and daunting - or just a pain and a hassle (especially if you need an apostille, or to authenticate or legalise as well). Don't worry! We're here to simplify it, explain it, and help you with what you need to achieve it.

Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our notary public services. We've also created a flowchart to help explain notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what's next?

Visit our Notary Fees page for a free quote for our notary public services or just call us on +61 2 9687 8885 to speak with our friendly team about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We're a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries, our low-cost fixed fees and service offering, and our availability to help on short notice. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, we help clients from across Sydney and beyond with personal, professional and timely notary public services.

Ern Phang, Notary Public
Ern Phang
Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, a boutique law firm in Parramatta and a leading provider of quality notary public services to satisfied clients across Sydney.

Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.

All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct at the time of publication. Only rely on information and advice specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.