Travellers from China required to undertake COVID-19 testing before travel
The Australian Government will introduce pre-departure testing for COVID-19 for people travelling to Australia from the People’s Republic of China including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau. From 12:01am on Thursday 5 January 2023, travellers will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test within the 48hrs prior to travel and show evidence of a negative test result when travelling to Australia. For more information, please visit the Department of Health and Aged Care's website here.
Updated Travel Advice – 9 January 2023
China's State Council has announced new measures to remove many COVID-19 restrictions and open its borders (see 'Travel'). To enter China, you need a nucleic acid test prior to departure. Travellers arriving in Australia from China will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test within the 48 hours prior to travel and show evidence of a negative test result. This applies regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status and includes Australian citizens. Other countries are implementing similar measures.
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
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
(06 February 2023) Media statement from Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell.
(19 January 2023) Media statement from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
(1 January 2023) Statement from Health and Aged Care Minister Mark Butler
(21 December 2022) Transcript of remarks from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
(21 December 2022) Media statement from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
(21 December 2022) Joint statement.
(21 December 2022) Remarks from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
(21 December 2022) Transcript of remarks by Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
(20 December 2022) Op-ed by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
(19 December 2022) Media statement from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong.
Embassy Opening Hours
Note: The Australian Embassy, Beijing is currently closed as per the above advice.
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.