Updated Travel Advice – 3 June 2022
China’s entry requirements have changed. If you haven’t previously been diagnosed with, or recovered from COVID-19, 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 departure test requirements with your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate and airline requirements with your travel agency. Recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Shanghai, Beijing and other large cities resulted in mass testing, residential lockdowns, closures of schools, businesses and suspension of public transport.
Access to medical facilities and other essential services was disrupted. Ongoing response measures can include mandatory regular COVID-19 testing and the requirement to show negative COVID-19 results to gain access to some venues and other public areas. 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 and countermeasures including flight suspensions and re-routing 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.
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News and Speeches
(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.