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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.

Travel advice:

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.

More information:

Medibank/ahm impacted customers:

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

Virtual meeting with China’s Minister of Commerce

(06 February 2023) Media statement from Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell.


Detention of Dr Yang Jun

(19 January 2023) Media statement from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.


Travellers from China required to undertake COVID-19 testing before travel

(1 January 2023) Statement from Health and Aged Care Minister Mark Butler


Press conference following Foreign and Strategic Dialogue

(21 December 2022) Transcript of remarks from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.


Meeting with China’s State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi

(21 December 2022) Media statement from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.


Australia-China Foreign and Strategic Dialogue Joint Outcomes Statement

(21 December 2022) Joint statement.


Opening remarks at the Australia-China Foreign and Strategic Dialogue

(21 December 2022) Remarks from Foreign Minister Penny Wong.


Doorstop on arrival in Beijing

(21 December 2022) Transcript of remarks by Foreign Minister Penny Wong.


Principles behind Whitlam's China vision still drive us

(20 December 2022) Op-ed by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.


Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and the People's Republic of China

(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.

Embassy Public Holidays 2021


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