Information on Travelling to Australia
Australian citizens and permanent residents, New Zealand citizens and international travellers should visit the Department of Home Affairs COVID 19 and the border website for the latest information on Australia’s border arrangements including step by step guide to enter Australia
Before you travel to Australia, check to see if you me meet Australia's definition of fully vaccinated for international travel purposes as your vaccination will determine what you need to enter Australia.
If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, this also impacts your eligibility to leave Australia.
To meet Australia’s vaccination requirements and be considered a ‘fully vaccinated’ traveller for the purpose of Australia’s border arrangements, you need to provide evidence that you either:
- meet Australia's definition of fully vaccinated for international travel purposes
- are a child under the age of 12
- are a child aged 12 to 17 years who will be travelling with at least one adult who is fully vaccinated; or
- cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.
For further information on vaccination requirements, see Vaccination and testing
Doses of Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV only count towards being fully vaccinated if the traveller is under 60 years of age on arrival in Australia. The TGA is continuing to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines that may be recognised for the purposes of inbound travel to Australia in future. Information on the latest approved and recognised vaccines is available on the TGA website.
Information on accessing the COVID-19 vaccine overseas can be found here.
Updated Travel Advice - 8 July 2022
China's entry requirements and procedures have changed. If you don't have a COVID-19 history, you'll need to take 2 nucleic acid tests - one 2 days prior to travel and another on the day of travel. Some airlines may also require a Rapid Antigen Test on the day of travel. Confirm pre-departure requirements with your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate and your travel agency. You'll be subject to at least 7 days centralised quarantine on entry to China, with an additional period of health monitoring that will be determined by the local authorities at the port of entry and final destination in China. Recent COVID-19 outbreaks have resulted in mass testing, residential lockdowns, closures of schools and suspension of public transport. Access to medical facilities and other essential services may be disrupted. Ongoing response measures can include mandatory regular COVID-19 testing and the requirement to show negative COVID-19 results to gain access to venues and public transport.
Positive cases are subject to the requirements of local authorities and may result in transfer to a designated medical or quarantine facility or additional testing. Further COVID-19 outbreaks throughout China are possible. Countermeasures, including flight suspensions, re-routing or increased quarantine periods, may be imposed with little or no warning. Stay informed of local conditions, particularly if you intend to travel within China.
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.
Other levels apply in some areas.
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For Australians requiring urgent consular assistance, or those enquiring about or seeking assistance as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak:
24 hour Consular Support
+61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
1300 555 135 (within Australia)
+61 421 269 080 using SMS
Contact the Consulate during business hours
+86 20 3814 0111
Appointments for passport and notarial services
Appointments are required for all passport and notarial services and must be booked via acggz.setmore.com.
Passport appointments are available Monday to Friday. Each passport applicant requires a separate appointment. Families will require separate appointments for each adult/child applicant.
Appointments are not required for passport collection or for emergency consular/passport services.
Notarial services appointments are available Monday to Friday afternoons.
Please book your appointment as early as possible.
Online Condolence Register
For those wishing to express sympathy can do so via the online condolence book here.
Australian Visa and Citizenship Applications
The Department of Home Affairs (HA) are trialling a Digital Assistant to answer your visa and citizenship questions. The Digital Assistant will make it easier and faster for you to find what you need on their website. You can access the Digital Assistant from the Digital Assistant tab on the bottom right hand side of the screen on most Immigration and Citizenship pages.
Consulate-General Opening Hours
The Consulate-General 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.