Updated Travel Advice – 23 November 2022
China's entry requirements and procedures have changed. You'll be required to have a nucleic acid test prior to departure. You should confirm pre-departure requirements with your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate and your travel agency. You'll be subject to centralised quarantine at the first point of entry to China, with an additional period of home health monitoring that will be determined by the local authorities. 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. Control measures, 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.
Victorian State Election - 26 November 2022
If you are planning to be overseas between 14 and 26 November you can vote in the Victorian State Election, but voting in the Victorian State Election is not compulsory for voters overseas.
If you wish to vote, register to receive your postal vote ballot (you will not be able to vote in person overseas for this election) – please consult the Victorian Electoral Commission website: www.vec.vic.gov.au
You can apply for a postal vote from Wednesday 2 November, until 6 pm on Wednesday 23 November.
You will be able to drop your postal vote ballot off at the Australian Embassy, Beijing or mail directly to the Victorian Electoral Commission.
The Embassy will be open to receive your postal vote ballot from 14-18 and 21-22 November, 08:30 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 16:30.
Medibank Private/ahm and other recent data breaches – advice for foreign passport holders
22 November 2022
Medibank Private/ahm have advised the Australian Passport Office (APO) that no Australian Travel Document information was compromised in this breach.
Foreign passports for international students were compromised through this cyberattack. Medibank Private/ahm are contacting impacted customers directly.
If Medibank Private/ahm have advised you that your foreign passport information was compromised, you should contact the government that issued the passport for advice on what to do. This is also the case for all data breaches that impact foreign passport holders, including the recent breaches at Optus and Medlab.
Medibank/ahm impacted customers:
- Call Medibank on 134 148 (within Australia) or +61 3 9862 1095 (International)
- Contact Medibank’s 24/7 Student Health and Support line (Medibank international students call 1800 887 283 and ahm international students call 1800 006 745)
- Visit Medibank Cyber Event Updates and Support page medibank.com.au/cybersecurity
- Go to ID Care’s dedicated Medibank and ahm breach response plan.
- See the Australian Cyber Security Centre's Medibank Private alert.
Optus impacted customers:
- Contact Optus customer service directly on 133 937 (within Australia), or +612 8082 5678 (International), or go to their Passport Information (link is external) webpage.
- Go to our Frequently Asked Questions on the Optus data breach and passport information
- See the Australian Cyber Security Centre's Optus data breach (link is external) alert.
Medlab impacted customers:
Contact Medlab customer service directly on +61 1800 433 980, or go to their data breach web page (link is external).
News and Speeches
(15 November 2022) Media statement from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
(13 November 2022) Speech from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
(20 October 2022) Joint media release from Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong and Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell.
(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.