Guide to Australian Embassies World Wide
Australia has one of the world’s largest diplomatic services, with embassies, consulates and high commissions in hundreds of cities. Their embassies serve both their own citizens and citizens of other countries wanting to travel to Australia. Some countries and territories don’t have their own embassy, high commission or consulate for Australia, if you’re country is one of these then you should use either the designated embassy serving your country or the nearest embassy.
Australia has embassies on all inhabited continents with a good spread of embassies across the world. Countries near Australia in South East Asia, Coastal Pacific Asia and South Asia almost all have embassies as many Australians visit or move to these countries, and many citizens of these countries become expats in Australia.
Europe also has Australian embassies in many countries, especially in Western Europe where all large countries have an embassy. Eastern Europe however is less well served with major countries such as the Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and the three Baltic states all lacking embassies. However nearby Poland, Turkey and Russia for instance have a diplomatic presence.
The Americas are also well served by Australian diplomatic missions, although most Central American and Caribbean countries don’t have their own dedicated embassy. Neither do some South American countries such as Colombia, Venezuela and Bolivia. However Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru among other South American countries do. In North America Mexico, the USA and Canada are the main missions but some Caribbean island nations also have diplomatic presences.
Africa is the least well served continent in terms of Australian Embassies and other diplomatic missions. Thankfully the diplomatic presence here is spread well geographically so the distances aren’t as great at they might be. In the North East Egypt is the main diplomatic presence, in the West Nigeria and Ghana, in the East Ethiopia and Kenya and in the South both South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Australian citizens seeking consular assistance should head to their nearest embassy. It’s important to first try to get in touch with the embassy by phone to book an appointment or to see if you can solve your issue without a visit. Common forms of consulate assistance include help when you or another Australian citizen becomes unwell or injured, as well as in event of trouble with local law enforcement. A more rare, but nevertheless important, function of consular assistance is in the event of civil unrest or other national emergency in the country where Australians are living. In these cases the embassy will try to provide a safe way for their citizens to get back to Australia, as well as providing advice on how to stay safe.
For those wanting to visit or move to Australia the embassy can help with visas and other enquiries. Some countries don’t require visas for their citizens to take short visits to Australia, so you might not even need to contact or visit the embassy. It’s important to check in advance though as turning up in Australia without a visa when one is required will likely lead to problems getting a visa in future. There are many times of visa available for different purposes, so it’s important that the visa you apply for it appropriate for your circumstances. Sometimes there may be more than one visa that could be used for your visit, in this case review carefully each visa and how your personal circumstances will affect your likelihood of being granted the visa.
If your an Australian citizen and don’t yet have a passport, or need to renew or alter your passport, then the embassy is one location that you can do this. If you are in Australia itself then you can do this from the Australian Passport Office. If you’re out of the country and your current passport has expired or need amending then it’s best to contact your local embassy to see if you can do this locally or if they can issue you with a temporary passport to get back to Australia.
Australian embassies and other diplomatic missions have another role that is often forgotten about by the general public. This involves economic and business affairs. Mainly this work involves promoting trade with Australia. Often this will be facilitated through arranging visits of those local business people interested in working with Australian companies to Australia, and visits by Australian company executives and salespeople to other countries.
The table below is a list of Australian embassies, consulates and high commissions around the world:
Cities with Australian Embassies and Consulates:
|St John's||Antigua and Barbuda||Consulate|
|Sarajevo||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Consulate|
|Rio de Janeiro||Brazil||Consulate|
|Bandar Seri Begawan||Brunei||High Commission|
|New Delhi||India||High Commission|
|Kuala Lumpur||Malaysia||High Commission|
|Ta' Xbiex||Malta||High Commission|
|Port Louis||Mauritius||High Commission|
|Yangon||Myanmar / Burma||Embassy|
|Noumea||New Caledonia (France)||Consulate-General|
|Wellington||New Zealand||High Commission|
|Port Moresby||Papua New Guinea||High Commission|
|Lae||Papua New Guinea||Consulate|
|Honiara||Solomon Islands||High Commission|
|Pretoria||South Africa||High Commission|
|Colombo||Sri Lanka||High Commission|
|Port of Spain||Trinidad and Tobago||High Commission|
|Port Vila||Vanuatu||High Commission|
|Vatican City||Vatican City||Embassy|
|Ho Chi Minh City||Vietnam||Consulate-General|