Australian Embassy in Micronesia

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The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is a nation lying around 2,900 kilometres to the north of Australia at its nearest point and which is comprised of four separate states and roughly 607 different islands. These states are Yap, Chuuk, Kosrae and Pohnpei and the Australian embassy to the FSM is located on Pohnpei Island, Pohnpei which is also the location of the capital of Palikir. The embassy itself, however, is located in nearby Kolonia which is instead the capital of Pohnpei state having ceased to be capital of the FSM in 1989.

Not every country has an embassy in all of the countries with which it has relations and Australia is no exception to this rule. As such, embassies in one state will sometimes be required to handle business pertaining to nearby states and this is the case with the embassy in Micronesia. This embassy not only handles relations between the citizens of Australia and Micronesia but also with the Republic of Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands, the United States Territory of Guam and the Commonwealth of North Mariana Islands (CNMI)

The Australian Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia is Mr Martin Quinn who has had a long career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade including plenty of experience in the wider region. He has also, in the past, been Australia’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, a Political Counsellor at the Australian Embassy in Seoul, First Secretary in Indonesia and Third Secretary in Thailand. He is a family man with a wife and four children and his alma mater is Sydney University.

Part of the purpose of the embassy in Micronesia is to provide consular assistance to any Australian citizen who is in the FSM or any of the other countries mentioned above. For instance, if there were any form of accident or a citizen were to pass away in one of these countries then the Embassy exists to help provide advice of what steps to take going forward. They may, on occasion, help with making arrangements to retrieve a body or to inform the next of kin of a deceased person.

Alternatively, Australian citizens living in one of these countries who need their passport renewed can do so by either visiting the embassy or contacting them by telephone to obtain an application form. All citizens of the Federal States of Micronesia, plus the Marshall Islands etc., require visas to visit Australia whether for tourism or to go and work there. In order to be able to apply for a visa they may need to visit the embassy in person or simply forward them a form. The embassy exists to provide advice and assistance to those people of these countries who plan on visiting Australia so if you would like to learn more about the process then simply contact them by telephone, email or letter for help. However, many Australian visa applications are now available online for greater convenience and to save all parties involved time and money.

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Address and Contacts

  • Address: H & E Enterprises Building, Kolonia, Pohnpei, Micronesia
  • Telephone: 320 5448
  • Fax: 320 5449
  • Online: http://www.fsm.embassy.gov.au/phpi/home.html