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 attended to at a client service counter adjacent to the main entrance of the Embassy. We ask clients to wear facemasks when visiting the Embassy. At this time we can only accept cash for payment of notarial and passport fees. 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.
Travel Restrictions to Australia
The Australian Government has announced that as of 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. All travellers to Australia are required to quarantine at a government designated hotel in their city of arrival for 14 days.
Click here for information from the Department of Home Affairs.
Information for Australian travellers to China - current as at 18 September 2020
Smartraveller advice is for Australians to not travel overseas at this time. China will not allow most foreigners to enter China due to COVID-19. Direct flights between China and Australia have significantly reduced. 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 novel coronavirus outbreak in China, 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
(10 August 2020) Joint media statement from Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne, New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters, United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State Dominic Raab, and United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
(4 August 2020) Media release from Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham.
(31 July 2020) Media release from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
(20 July 2020) Media release from Acting Minister for Immigration and Minister for Education.
(9 Jul 2020) Media release from Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations.
(1 July 2020 ) Media release from Foreign Minister Marise Payne.
(17 June 2020) Speech by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham at the National Press Club, Canberra.
(16 June 2020) Speech by Foreign Minister Marise Payne at the National Security College, Australian National University.
(8 June 2020) Australia is the most successful multicultural and migrant society in the world. The Chinese Australian community is a significant and valued contributor to that success story.
(5 June 2020) Media release from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
(28 May 2020) Joint media statement from Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne, United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State Dominic Raab and United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
(23 May 2020) Joint media release from Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne, United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State Dominic Raab.
(19 May 2020) Joint media statement from Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Minister for Health Greg Hunt.
(11 May 2020) Op-ed by Foreign Minister Marise Payne for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s The Strategist website.
(23 April 2020) A message from Ambassador Graham Fletcher on commemorating Anzac Day 2020.
(19 April 2020) Media release from Foreign Minister Marise Payne.
(29 March 2020) Media release from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
(26 March 2020) Australian Ambassador to China Graham Fletcher gives an update about the current situation of the COVID-19 affecting Australians in China.
(27 February 2020) Media release by Foreign Minister Marise Payne announcing the appointment of Advisory Board members for the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations.
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.