Australian Embassy
Finland and Latvia
Australian Ambassador H.E. Mr Bernard Philip


Pending Approval

Issue of Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI)

The law of some countries (including Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia) require that, before a foreigner may marry within their jurisdiction, he or she must obtain a certificate issued by the authorities of the country to which he or she is a resident, stating that those authorities do not know of any impediments to the marriage. Such a certificate is known as a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) or a Nulla Osta Certificate. CNIs are issued administratively to:

(a) Australian citizens, and
(b) Citizens of other countries who are domiciled in Australia.

If you wish to apply for a CNI, please ascertain whether the authorities in the country concerned require the CNI to be issued by the Australian Embassy/Consulate in that country or whether a CNI issued by another Australian Embassy/Consulate or by a DFAT office in Australia would be accepted. In general, the Australian Embassy in Stockholm issues CNIs for Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia.

Further information on CNIs is available on the smartraveller website.

How to apply for a CNI

Please complete the CNI application form. When completing the form, please note the following important points:

* Your signature must be witnessed on the form by a recognised witness as stated on the form. Please note that Honorary Consuls are not authorised to witness signatures. If you lodge your application in person at the Australian Embassy in Stockholm, your signature may be witnessed by a Consular Officer at the Embassy

* You must also complete the partner details section of the form.

* If either of you have been married before, you need to include the original divorce/death certificates

* You need to include your original passport as well as your partner’s passport as we need to verify personal details included in the CNI application.

By appointment:

To make an appointment for a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage at the Australian Embassy in Stockholm, please call + 46 8 613 2900. Please bring your completed CNI application form, original divorce/death certificates (if applicable) as well as your original passport and your partner’s original passport to the appointment. Please note that we do not accept copies. Your signature may be witnessed by a Consular Officer at the Australian Embassy. Please be prepared to pay the fee in cash. Please see “Consular Fees” for current fees and payment details.

By mail:

Please send your completed CNI form (with your signature witnessed) together with your original passport, your partner’s passport and original divorce/death certificates (if applicable) to the following address:

Notarials Section
Australian Embassy
Box 824
SE-101 36 Stockholm

Your original documents and CNI will be returned to you by mail. The Embassy strongly recommends you request your documents to be returned by registered mail (additional charges apply). Please pay the fee using Internet banking, bankgiro or a bank transfer. Please see “Consular Fees” for current fees and payment details.

Note: If you for some reason do not want to send your original supporting documents (passports or divorce/death certificates) to us, you may present your original documents at our Honorary Consulates (in Finland, Estonia and Latvia). The Honorary Consul will sight your original documents and forward copies directly to the Embassy in Stockholm. The copies are strictly for our use only and will not be returned to you (no charge apply).

Contact details for Honorary Consuls in Finland, Estonia and Latvia:

Helsinki, Finland (Ms Anja Aalto)
Phone: +358 10 42 04 492
E-mail: [email protected]

Tallinn, Estonia (Mr Mati Peekma)
Phone: +372 6 50 93 08
E-mail: [email protected]

Riga, Latvia (Mr Sergejs Trenins)
Phone: +371 67 320 509
E-mail: [email protected]


The following disclamer relates to all notarial services performed by the Australian Embassy in Sweden:

"Please ensure that the documents relating to notarial services you require from the Australian Embassy are presented in the correct form, and that you provide the correct instructions to our staff (for example, on how your signature must be witnessed on the documents).

If you are unsure of the legal requirements relating to the notarial service you require, you should seek independent legal advice.

By providing a notarial service such as authenticating a document, providing a certified copy of a document or witnessing a signature on a document, neither the Australian Government nor the Embassy in Sweden endorse, verify or make any statement as to the accuracy, truth, legality or otherwise of the contents of the document or the purposes for which the document may be used.

Neither the Australian Government nor the Embassy accept liability for any loss damage or injury arising out of the use of, or reliance on, the document or its contents."