Updated Travel Advice – 8 July 2022
China's entry requirements and procedures have changed. If you don't have a COVID-19 history, you'll need to take 2 nucleic acid tests - one 2 days prior to travel and another on the day of travel. Some airlines may also require a Rapid Antigen Test on the day of travel. Confirm pre-departure requirements with your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate and your travel agency. You'll be subject to at least 7 days centralised quarantine on entry to China, with an additional period of health monitoring that will be determined by the local authorities at the port of entry and final destination in China. Recent COVID-19 outbreaks have resulted in mass testing, residential lockdowns, closures of schools and suspension of public transport. Access to medical facilities and other essential services may be disrupted. Ongoing response measures can include mandatory regular COVID-19 testing and the requirement to show negative COVID-19 results to gain access to venues and public transport.
Positive cases are subject to the requirements of local authorities and may result in transfer to a designated medical or quarantine facility or additional testing. Further COVID-19 outbreaks throughout China are possible. Countermeasures, including flight suspensions, re-routing or increased quarantine periods, may be imposed with little or no warning. Stay informed of local conditions, particularly if you intend to travel within China.
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.
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For Australians requiring urgent consular assistance after hours, please telephone the Embassy main switch number on (010) 5140 4111 and press “1” and you will be transferred to the Consular Emergency Centre.
Alternatively, you can telephone the Consular Emergency Centre directly on 61 2 6261 3305
Consular and Passport services
The Australian Embassy is operating and continues to provide consular, notarial and passport services. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, preventative measures have been introduced for clients visiting the Embassy. Clients will be allowed to enter the Embassy by completing a Visitor Health Form, showing Beijing Health Green Pass and measuring temperature. We ask clients to wear facemasks when visiting the Embassy. At this time passport and notarial fees are payable in Chinese RMB by debit and credit cards issued by Chinese banks with the unionpay symbol and cash. We thank clients in advance for their understanding.
COVID-19 controls measures remain in place throughout China, and may affect your travel to access services at Beijing Embassy. You should check with authorities for any travel restrictions that may be imposed prior to travelling to Beijing Embassy.
To make an appointment for notarial and passport services please click here.
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For those wishing to express sympathy can do so via the online condolence book here.
Embassy closure during the National Day holiday period
The Australian Embassy, Beijing will be closed during China's National Day holiday period from 3 to 5 October, and will reopen on 6 October. For Australians requiring urgent consular assistance over the holiday period, please telephone the Embassy main switch number on (010) 5140 4111 and press “1” and you will be transferred to the Consular Emergency Centre. Alternatively, you can telephone the Consular Emergency Centre directly on +61 2 6261 3305.
News and Speeches
(24 September 2022) Joint statement from Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Liz Truss and President of the United States Joe Biden.
(24 September 2022) Joint readout from the Secretary of State of the United States and the Foreign Ministers of the Governments of Australia, India, and Japan.
(23 September 2022) Statement from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
(21 September 2022) Statement from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
(9 September 2022) Statement from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
(1 September 2022) Statement from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
(13 August 2022) Statement from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
(5 August 2022) Joint statement from the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Japan and the Secretary of State of the United States
(5 August 2022) Media release by Foreign Minister Penny Wong
(8 July 2022) Media release by Foreign Minister Penny Wong
(4 July 2022) Media release from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
(30 June 2022) Media release from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
(25 June 2022) Joint Statement from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
(27 May 2022) Media release from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
(26 May 2022) Joint statement from Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and United States President Joe Biden.
(6 May 2022) Media release from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Embassy Opening Hours
The Embassy 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.
Please note: Passport Applications: Monday-Friday 9:00 – 12:00 and Notarial Services: Monday-Friday 14:00 – 15:30 by making appointment.