Services for Australians Overseas
Security Message for Australian Citizens:
Due to ongoing domestic political tensions and unpredictable security situation in Zimbabwe, reconsider your need to travel to Harare. The Australian Embassy in Harare will reopen to the public on 17 November 2017. There is a heightened security presence in Harare, including armoured vehicles and increased military activity. Avoid demonstrations, rallies and large-scale public gatherings as they could turn violent. Also avoid political activity or activities which could be interpreted as political, including political discussions in public places. Monitor the media and other information sources.
Australians in need of urgent consular assistance in Zimbabwe should call the Embassy on +263 242 853 235 55 or +263 242 852 471. Reconsider your need to travel to Harare. Exercise a high degree of caution in Zimbabwe overall and pay close attention to the environment.
For the full text of the revised advice, please refer to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
The Australian Embassy strongly recommends all Australians travelling overseas, whether for tourism or business or for short or long stays, to register with Smart Traveller, with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The Australian Embassy in Zimbabwe can provide consular support to Australian citizens in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia and The Democratic Republic of Congo within limits.
Please refer to the Smartraveller website for a list of the full range services provided to Australians overseas.
Australian travellers are advised to check the Smartraveller website for country specific travel advice before arranging travel or travelling to their destination. We also recommend that you regularly check the Travel Bulletin for country or region updates that may affect your travel plans.
In case of emergency
If you are an Australian citizen in distress and requiring assistance in Zimbabwe, you can telephone the Australian Embassy or for after business hours assistance, the 24hr Consular Emergency Centre (CEC) in Canberra.
- Australian Embassy on +263 (0) 4 853 235 55 – please just follow the prompts and you will be connected with the 24 hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra – local call
- Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on + 61 2 6261 3305 – international call
In countries to which the Australian Embassy is accredited but not resident (Zambia, DRC and Malawi), other missions or individuals listed below can provide consular assistance for Australian citizens or you can contact the Consular Emergency Centre and they will either assist you directly or put you in contact with a consular officer in Zimbabwe.
Malawi and Zambia
If you are in Malawi or Zambia, please view the Honorary Consulates page for updated information on the Honorary consulates in relevant countries.
Travel advice for Malawi
Travel advice for Zambia
Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of Congo
If you are in the Democratic Republic of Congo or the Republic of Congo, please contact the Canadian Embassy in Kinshasa.
Travel advice for the Democratic Republic of Congo
Travel advice related information for the Republic of Congo
Travel information for Australians
Get the latest travel advisories and other traveller hints from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Please be aware that when you travel overseas you are required to obey the local laws and regulations. Being Australian does not exempt you from local laws, whether they relate to drugs or other matters.
If you encounter serious problems while you are abroad, you should seek assistance or advice from a consular official at the nearest Australian Mission. There are limits to the services Australian Consuls can provide and what assistance they can give you
Visa information for Australians
The issue of visas to Australian travellers is a matter for the government of the country to be visited. Visa fees and requirements may change with little or no notice. Visa information for Australians wishing to travel to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi or the DRC should therefore be obtained from the relevant authorities directly.
Changes in consular desk opening times and new online booking system introduced
Please be advised that from 1 November 2016, passport application interviews and notarial services at the Embassy in Harare are offered by appointment only. Please visit the online appointment booking page.
Please note that fees are subject to change at the beginning of each month. We are pleased to advise that the Embassy offers the use of an electronic point of sale machine for payment of relevant fees.
Passport applicants are advised that the turnaround time for procession full validity passports is now three weeks this is to cover processing, handling and delivery.
NOTE: AUSTRALIAN PASSPORT CHANGES
1 January 2016:
In accordance with the Australian Passports (Application Fees) Determination 2015, Australian travel document fees will increase as of 1 January 2016. Please make enquiries with the Australian Embassy in Harare for the latest fee information (Zimbabwe.firstname.lastname@example.org).
From 1 January 2016, 16 and 17 year old applicants will be issued with ten-year validity passports. These applicants must be accompanied by a person with parental responsibility to lodge their application in person (mail and courier applications are unable to be accepted).
Frequent traveller passports for children (under 18 years) and persons aged 75 years and over are no longer available.
1 July 2015:
From 1 July 2015 all Australian citizens must lodge their passport application in person. We are not able to accept applications by mail or courier. This helps us to protect you, by protecting the security and integrity of your Australian passport. Please contact us for further advice or to make an appointment to lodge your application.
Please note that child applications should be lodged in person by a parent or person with parental responsibility for the child. The parent or person lodging the application is not required to be an Australian citizen, but will need to bring photographic proof of their own identity to the appointment.
From 1 July 2015, an Overseas Application Fee will be applied to passport applications lodged outside of Australia. The fee for adult applications (including senior) will be US$78 and US$39 for minors in financial year 2015-16. The fee will not apply to emergency passport applications as the validity of these documents is limited.
On-line registration for Australians overseas
We encourage use of this online registration service by Australians planning to reside overseas for extended periods, and those travelling to locations where there are security risks.
More information for Australians overseas
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Returning to Australia
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