Australian Embassy Madrid

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Besides being bilateral diplomatic representation of Australia and promoting the interests of the Australian government in Spain, the Australian embassy in Madrid also offers numerous and detailed information on consular statements and services, visa application, legislation of documents, Visa application and more. They also play a very important role in cultural affairs and contacts with the press.

The Consular Department of the Australian Embassy in Madrid

The consular department offers consular services to Australian citizens and permanent residents travelling or living Spain. The services offered include document legislation, passports and Australian Visas. However, the capacity of the Embassy to offer such services is subjected to local laws and conditions, the international laws governing consular work, and by the cooperation offered by both organizations and persons outsides the Australian government.

Both the two countries are co-signatories to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. This treaty allows for the simplification of the formal authentication process for such public documents. Nevertheless, the Privacy Act of 1988 has imposed a number of legal requirements on the ways in which the Australian government departments and Embassies including the Australian Embassy Madrid as well as government agencies may collect, use, disclose and store personal information about any particular individual with whom the Embassy have or have had dealings with.

Obtaining an Australian Visa from the Australian Embassy Madrid

All the decisions for granting an Australian Visa remain with the Embassy subject to the applicant lodging a valid application and meeting all the relevant criteria. There are different types of visas offered by the Australian Embassy in Madrid:

1. Tourist visa for people who visit Australia for sightseeing, holiday, social or recreational purposes, or to visit friends, relatives or for other short-term non-work purposes.

2. Sponsored Family Visitor Visa for those seeking to visit their family in the country for a stay period of not more than one year. However, a formal sponsorship by an Australian citizen or a permanent resident of the country is required.

3. Working holiday visas. These are available for people who are on work and holiday programs to encourage closer ties and exchange arrangements between Australia and Spain.

4. Student visa for Spanish students who are wishing to study in Australia as well as parents, guardians or relatives of students studying in Australia.

5. Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for short term visits of not more than three months. It is available to any passport holder.

6. eVisitors: Just like ETA, this is also an electronically stored authority for those wishing to visit the country for business reasons for up to 3 months.

Passport services

You can lodge a passport application in person to the passport department at the Embassy of Australia in Madrid. But before doing so it is advised that you find out the type of form that you need to use (either PC7 or PC8), carefully read the instructions for that particular form and review the checklist to avoid unnecessary mistakes, read the photo instructions before finally completing your Australian Passport application Form online. After filling in all the required information, you then proceed to print the form, sign it within the provided signature box and include the date.

Since 24th of November, 2012, travellers who need or request a Visa label to fly to Australia from Spain are required to pay a fee for it. This Visa label cost is called the Visa Evidence charge (VEC). You must note that you can only be allowed to apply for a Visa label if you have a current valid Australian Visa. The Australian modern Electronic Visa System does not require you to have a visa label placed in your passport when confirming your immigration entitlements and status in Australia. Rather, every time you check in to fly to the country, airline staff will have to use your passport to electronically confirm whether you have authority to travel to Australia prior to boarding the airplane.

Map of Australian Embassy Madrid

Address and Contacts

  • Address: Torre Espacio Paseo De La Castellana, 259D, Planta 24 Madrid 28046 Spain
  • Telephone: 91.353.6600 – Telephone (Int): +34.91.353.6600
  • Fax: 91.353.6692 – Fax (Int):: +34.91.353.6692
  • Online:  http://www.spain.embassy.gov.au