Australian Embassy



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 7 July 2020

Smartraveller advice is for Australians to not travel overseas at this time. China will not allow most foreigners to enter China. Direct flights between China and Australia have significantly reduced. If despite our advice you travel to China, you’ll be subject to 14 days mandatory quarantine. Quarantine requirements may change at short notice. If you’re already in China, and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means. If you stay in China, follow the advice of local authorities, monitor your health and take care to protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19. 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.

Click here for the current Travel Advice to China. Click here for exemptions to the Travel Ban. 

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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

Australia’s export sector continues to boom despite ongoing challenges

(4 August 2020) Media release from Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham.


Foreign investment Reforms – Consultation on Exposure Draft Legislation

(31 July 2020) Media release from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.


Update on international student visa arrangements

(20 July 2020) Media release from Acting Minister for Immigration and Minister for Education.


Extradition Treaty with Hong Kong

(9 Jul 2020) Media release from Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations.


Statement on Hong Kong

(1 July 2020 ) Media release from Foreign Minister Marise Payne.


Trading Australia towards the future

(17 June 2020) Speech by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham at the National Press Club, Canberra.


Australia and the world in the time of COVID-19

(16 June 2020) Speech by Foreign Minister Marise Payne at the National Security College, Australian National University.


Statement from Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham 

(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. 


Major reforms to Australia's foreign investment framework

(5 June 2020) Media release from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.


Joint statement on Hong Kong

(28 May 2020) Joint media statement from Foreign Minister Marise Payne,  Canadan 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.


Joint statement on Hong Kong national security legislation

(23 May 2020) Joint media release from Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Canadan Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne, United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State Dominic Raab.


World Health Assembly resolution on COVID-19

(19 May 2020) Joint media statement from Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Minister for Health Greg Hunt. 


The pandemic’s gender imperative

(11 May 2020) Op-ed by Foreign Minister Marise Payne for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s The Strategist website.


Anzac Day 2020

(23 April 2020) A message from Ambassador Graham Fletcher on commemorating Anzac Day 2020.


Statement on arrests of pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong

(19 April 2020) Media release from Foreign Minister Marise Payne.


Changes to foreign investment framework

(29 March 2020) Media release from Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.


Message from Graham Fletcher, Australian Ambassador to China 

(26 March 2020) Australian Ambassador to China Graham Fletcher gives an update about the current situation of the COVID-19 affecting Australians in China.


National Foundation for Australia-China Relations advisory board members

(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.

Embassy Public Holidays 2020