The Australian Government is now operating in accordance with the Caretaker Conventions pending the outcome of the 2022 federal election.
The next federal election will be held on 21 May 2022. If you are still in Australia, you can pre-poll vote from 9 May 2022.
The AEC recommends overseas voters cast a postal vote in this election. If you plan to be overseas at the time of the election, make sure you check your enrolment and request a postal vote as soon as possible on the AEC website.
Australians in China are encouraged to vote via postal vote, which can either be posted to the AEC directly, or mailed or dropped off to the Consulate. To send in your postal vote, please send to:
Australian Consulate-General Guangzhou (Consular Section)
Level 12, Development Centre
No.3 Linjiang Road
Zhujiang New City, Guangzhou 510623
To drop off your postal vote, please drop it off at the Consulate during our regular business hours (8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday) from 9-20 May 2022.
Postal votes must be returned as quickly as possible to ensure they are received by the AEC in time to be counted.
If you cannot participate by postal vote, in-person voting will be available at the Consulate at the following times:
PRE-POLLING: Wednesday 18 May to Friday 20 May 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
ELECTION DAY: Saturday 21 May 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
You must present a green health code and photo identification to enter the Consulate-General building. If you are feeling unwell, or have COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend. Only eligible voters and their children will be allowed entry.
Please note overseas voting services, including our ability to hold in-person voting, may change at short notice due to local COVID restrictions. Please check our website regularly for details of available services, opening dates and times and any specific requirements or arrangements for entry.
Information on Travelling to Australia
Australian citizens and permanent residents, New Zealand citizens and international travellers should visit the Department of Home Affairs COVID 19 and the border website for the latest information on Australia’s border arrangements including step by step guide to enter Australia
Before you travel to Australia, check to see if you me meet Australia's definition of fully vaccinated for international travel purposes as your vaccination will determine what you need to enter Australia.
If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, this also impacts your eligibility to leave Australia.
To meet Australia’s vaccination requirements and be considered a ‘fully vaccinated’ traveller for the purpose of Australia’s border arrangements, you need to provide evidence that you either:
- meet Australia's definition of fully vaccinated for international travel purposes
- are a child under the age of 12
- are a child aged 12 to 17 years who will be travelling with at least one adult who is fully vaccinated; or
- cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
For further information on vaccination requirements, see Vaccination and testing
Doses of Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV only count towards being fully vaccinated if the traveller is under 60 years of age on arrival in Australia. The TGA is continuing to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines that may be recognised for the purposes of inbound travel to Australia in future. Information on the latest approved and recognised vaccines is available on the TGA website.
Information on accessing the COVID-19 vaccine overseas can be found here.
Updated Travel Advice - 6 April 2022
Recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Shanghai and other large cities have resulted in city-wide residential lockdowns, closures of schools, businesses and suspension of public transport. Access to medical facilities and other essential services has also been disrupted. Further COVID-19 outbreaks throughout China are possible and countermeasures including flight suspensions and re-routing, and mass testing may be imposed with little or no warning. Stay informed of local conditions, particularly if you intend to travel within China. Pre-departure testing requirements for China have changed (see 'Travel').
As previously advised, authorities have detained foreigners on grounds of 'endangering national security'. Australians may be at risk of arbitrary detention
Exercise a high degree of caution in China overall due to the impacts of COVID-19.
Other levels apply in some areas.
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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
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.
Australian Visa and Citizenship Applications
The Department of Home Affairs (HA) are trialling a Digital Assistant to answer your visa and citizenship questions. The Digital Assistant will make it easier and faster for you to find what you need on their website. You can access the Digital Assistant from the Digital Assistant tab on the bottom right hand side of the screen on most Immigration and Citizenship pages.
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.