Australian Embassy




Information for Australian travellers to China -- Updated 27 April 2021  

Direct flights between China and Australia are limited. You may be permitted to enter China with a valid Chinese residence permit. If despite our advice you travel to China, you'll be required to provide negative COVID-19 test results prior to flying. There are multiple tests required within tight timeframes. Testing requirements may change at short notice. Australians who have been vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine produced in China and who meet other eligibility requirements should contact the nearest Chinese embassy/consulate to confirm visa eligibility and other travel requirements (see ‘Travel’). You'll be requested to undertake at least 14 days mandatory quarantine at a designated hotel or facility on arrival followed by additional COVID-19 prevention measures and testing determined by local authorities at your entry point and final destination in China. Measures may include an additional period of home quarantine. If you’re already in China, and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means.

As previously advised, authorities have detained foreigners on grounds of 'endangering national security'. Australians may be at risk of arbitrary detention.

We continue to advise: Do not travel to China  because of the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

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.

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.

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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. 

Registering with DFAT

You can register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) (Registration Portal) if you've been unable to return to Australia. Registering does not guarantee that we can facilitate your return to Australia. However, it does help us better understand who is seeking to return home, and allows us to assess your situation and provide information to you when it becomes available. Use the "Additional information" field to give as much information as possible about your circumstances. To find out more, read our Registration FAQs.




News and Speeches

Australia's continued leadership on HIV/AIDS
(09 June 2021) Media release from Foreign Minister Marise Payne.

WTO panel to be established in barley dispute
(28 May 2021) Joint media release from Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan and Minister for Agriculture Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud.

Statement on Dr Yang Hengjun

(21 May 2021) Media release from Foreign Minister Marise Payne.

Remarks, leaders summit on climate

(22 April 2021) Transcript from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Cutting emissions and creating jobs with international partnerships

(22 April 2021) Media release from Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, 1921-2021

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh passed away on 9 April 2021.

Joint Statement on the WHO-Convened COVID-19 Origins Study

(30 March 2021) The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom.

Joint statement on Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang 

(23 March 2021) Joint statement from Foreign Minister Marise Payne and New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Local Government and Associate Minister of Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.

OECD Secretary-General Selection

Mathias Cormann elected next secretary-general of the OECD.

The Spirit of the Quad

(13 Mar 2021) Quad Leaders' Joint Statement.

Joint statement on electoral changes in Hong Kong

(13 March 2021) Joint statement from Foreign Minister Marise Payne and New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Local Government and Associate Minister of Maori Development Nanaia Mahuta.

Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

(19 February 2021) Media release from Foreign Minister Marise Payne.

Declaration against the use of arbitrary detention in state-to-state relations

(16 February 2021) Media release from Foreign Minister Marise Payne.

Statement on Ms Cheng Lei

(08 February 2021) Media release from Foreign Minister Marise Payne.

Joint statement on arrests in Hong Kong

(10 January 2021)  Joint 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.

Hong Kong statement

(06 January 2021 ) Media release from Foreign Minister Marise Payne.






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 2021