The Australian Passport Office (APO) is currently seeing strong demand for passports. For this reason, it is advising its customers to apply for or renew their passport well ahead of their planned travel dates. The APO is therefore recommending, at least for now, that they allow up to fourteen weeks to get a new passport.
Passport applications are required to be lodged by appointment on Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 12:00. Appointments can be made online via https://embassybeijing.setmore.com/. Applications must be lodged in person at the Australian Embassy Beijing. An appointment is not required to collect a passport or to lodge an application of emergency passport.
Passport Fees are payable in Chinese RMB Chinese by debit and credit cards issued by Chinese banks with the unionpay symbol and cash. The fees may vary from time to time according to movements in the exchange rate.
Additional Information for non-renewal passport applications:
1. We do prefer an Australian passport holder to be your guarantor, but non-Australian citizen whose occupation is one of the following is also acceptable:
· Lawyer: Lawyers Qualification, Current Justice Dep’t work licence, Currently practising
· Doctor: Health Department Licence, Currently practising
· Teacher: Public Kindergarten/School teachers, At least five years continuous service, Currently teaching classes – Not administration staff
· Accountant: Qualified CPA, Currently practising
· Police Officer: Public Security Bureau officer, At least five years continuous service, Currently practising
· Dentist: Health Department Licence, Currently practising
· Judge: Official Judge of a People’s Court, Currently practising
2. For Chinese Birth Certificate, we additionally require an official English translation which was made by either a Chinese Notary Public or a qualified translation company. For other courtiers’ Birth Certificate which are issued in non-English language, we also require an official English translation.
3. For child application, the lodging parent needs to come with original passport which can show name, photo and signature (signature in the application form should be the same as the passport shows); in addition, an extra ID or document that proves residential address which has been put in the parent consent page of the application form.
Personal information provided to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is protected by law, including the Privacy Act 1988. We may collect, use and disclose your personal information, including to overseas recipients where we reasonably believe it is necessary, to provide you with consular assistance. Important information about the privacy of your personal information is contained in our Consular Privacy Collection Statement, which you should read and understand. Copies of the Statement are available at http://www.dfat.gov.au/dept/consular/privacy.html or by requesting a copy from the Department.