Australian Consulate-General

Travel Restrictions to Australia

The Australian Government has announced that as of 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. All travellers to Australia must undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities, in their port of arrival. 

Click here for information from the Department of Home Affairs.

Information for Australian travellers to China - current as at 7 July 2020

Smartraveller advice is for Australians to not travel overseas at this time. China will not allow most foreigners to enter China. Direct flights between China and Australia have significantly reduced. If despite our advice you travel to China, you’ll be subject to 14 days mandatory quarantine. Quarantine requirements may change at short notice. If you’re already in China, and wish to return to Australia, we recommend you do so as soon as possible by commercial means. If you stay in China, follow the advice of local authorities, monitor your health and take care to protect yourself from exposure to COVID-19. Authorities have detained foreigners because they’re ‘endangering national security’.  Australians may also be at risk of arbitrary detention. If you or someone you know is in China and needs assistance, contact +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas or 1300 555 135 from within Australia.

Click here for the current Travel Advice to China. Click here for exemptions to the Travel Ban. 

Facing difficulties departing China due to disruptions caused by COVID-19?

Click here to register your details in the Traveller Registration System.

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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


For advice for international students travelling to Australia from mainland China, please click here:


Appointments for passport and notarial services

Appointments are required for all passport and notarial services and must be booked via

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.


New Digital Assistant trial for Immigration and Citizenship Clients

The Digital Assistant is being trialled at a time of escalating demand and growing client expectations that information and services will be digital, personalised and available, anywhere, anytime, and on any device. It will provide a ‘self-serve’ option for clients that makes it easier and faster to find information on our website.

The Digital Assistant uses artificial intelligence-based software and a question and answer database to respond to client enquiries in an online chat window.

During the trial, the Digital Assistant will provide answers to the top 150 visa and citizenship questions the Department currently receives from clients. It will be displayed on our immigration and citizenship website pages at

The Digital Assistant will work on all major desktop and mobile browsers including Internet Explorer, Chrome, iOS and Android.

The Department is asking clients use the Digital Assistant throughout the trial to allow the Department to test the feasibility of the service. The trial will further test our ability to manage the resource workload associated with keeping content delivered by the Digital Assistant up-to-date.
It will be closely monitored during the trial. If it proves successful, the intent is expansion to a full content Digital Assistant, anticipated to be brought into production later in 2020.

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.

Please note:

  • Passport Applications: Monday-Friday 9:00 – 12:00, to make an appointment please click here.
  • Notarial Services: Monday-Friday 14:00 – 16:00, to make an appointment please click here.

Public Holidays 2020

Consulate Public Holidays

Thursday 24 December 2020 Christmas Eve
Friday 25 December 2020 Christmas Day
Monday 28 December 2020 Additional Day