Travel Restrictions to Australia
The Australian Government has announced that as of 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. All travellers to Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities, in their port of arrival.
Click here for information from the Department of Home Affairs.
Information for Australian travellers to China - current as at 29 September 2020
Smartraveller advice is for Australians to not travel overseas at this time. Direct flights between China and Australia have significantly reduced. You may be permitted to enter China with a valid Chinese residence permit. If despite our advice you travel to China, you must provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to flying and you’ll be subject to 14 days mandatory quarantine on arrival. These requirements may change at short notice. Contact your nearest Chinese embassy/consulate or your airline to confirm. If you’re already in China, and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means. Authorities have detained foreigners because they're 'endangering national security'. Australians may also be at risk of arbitrary detention. If you or someone you know is in China and needs assistance, contact +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas or 1300 555 135 from within Australia.
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For Australians requiring urgent consular assistance, or those enquiring about or seeking assistance as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak:
24 hour Consular Support
+61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
1300 555 135 (within Australia)
+61 421 269 080 using SMS
Contact the Consulate during business hours
+86 20 3814 0111
For advice for international students travelling to Australia from mainland China, please click here:
Appointments for passport and notarial services
Appointments are required for all passport and notarial services and must be booked via acggz.setmore.com.
Passport appointments are available Monday to Friday. Each passport applicant requires a separate appointment. Families will require separate appointments for each adult/child applicant.
Appointments are not required for passport collection or for emergency consular/passport services.
Notarial services appointments are available Monday to Friday afternoons.
Please book your appointment as early as possible.
New Digital Assistant trial for Immigration and Citizenship Clients
The Digital Assistant is being trialled at a time of escalating demand and growing client expectations that information and services will be digital, personalised and available, anywhere, anytime, and on any device. It will provide a ‘self-serve’ option for clients that makes it easier and faster to find information on our website.
The Digital Assistant uses artificial intelligence-based software and a question and answer database to respond to client enquiries in an online chat window.
During the trial, the Digital Assistant will provide answers to the top 150 visa and citizenship questions the Department currently receives from clients. It will be displayed on our immigration and citizenship website pages at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au.
The Digital Assistant will work on all major desktop and mobile browsers including Internet Explorer, Chrome, iOS and Android.
The Department is asking clients use the Digital Assistant throughout the trial to allow the Department to test the feasibility of the service. The trial will further test our ability to manage the resource workload associated with keeping content delivered by the Digital Assistant up-to-date.
It will be closely monitored during the trial. If it proves successful, the intent is expansion to a full content Digital Assistant, anticipated to be brought into production later in 2020.
Consulate-General Opening Hours
The Consulate-General will be open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday except for public holidays.
Australians requiring advice or assistance from the consular section may call during business hours from 8:30 to 5:00 Monday to Friday.
- Passport Applications: Monday-Friday 9:00 – 12:00, to make an appointment please click here.
- Notarial Services: Monday-Friday 14:00 – 16:00, to make an appointment please click here.
Consulate Public Holidays
|Thursday||24 December 2020||Christmas Eve|
|Friday||25 December 2020||Christmas Day|
|Monday||28 December 2020||Additional Day|