Travellers from China required to undertake COVID-19 testing before travel
The Australian Government will introduce pre-departure testing for COVID-19 for people travelling to Australia from the People’s Republic of China including the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau. From 12:01am on Thursday 5 January 2023, travellers will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test within the 48hrs prior to travel and show evidence of a negative test result when travelling to Australia. For more information, please read the factsheet on the Department of Health and Aged Care's website here.
Updated Travel Advice – 9 January 2023
China's State Council has announced new measures to remove many COVID-19 restrictions and open its borders (see 'Travel'). To enter China, you need a nucleic acid test prior to departure. Travellers arriving in Australia from China will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test within the 48 hours prior to travel and show evidence of a negative test result. This applies regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status and includes Australian citizens. Other countries are implementing similar measures.
As previously advised, authorities have detained foreigners on grounds of 'endangering national security'. Australians may be at risk of arbitrary detention.
Exercise a high degree of caution in China overall due to the impacts of COVID-19.
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For emergency passport or consular support, please contact the numbers below.
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1300 555 135 (within Australia)
Medibank Private/ahm and other recent data breaches – advice for foreign passport holders
22 November 2022
Medibank Private/ahm have advised the Australian Passport Office (APO) that no Australian Travel Document information was compromised in this breach.
Foreign passports for international students were compromised through this cyberattack. Medibank Private/ahm are contacting impacted customers directly.
If Medibank Private/ahm have advised you that your foreign passport information was compromised, you should contact the government that issued the passport for advice on what to do. This is also the case for all data breaches that impact foreign passport holders, including the recent breaches at Optus and Medlab.
Medibank/ahm impacted customers:
Call Medibank on 134 148 (within Australia) or +61 3 9862 1095 (International)
Visit Medibank Cyber Event Updates and Support page medibank.com.au/cybersecurity
See the Australian Cyber Security Centre's Medibank Private alert.
Optus impacted customers:
Contact Optus customer service directly on 133 937 (within Australia), or +612 8082 5678 (International), or go to their Passport Information (link is external) webpage.
Go to our Frequently Asked Questions on the Optus data breach and passport information
See the Australian Cyber Security Centre's Optus data breach (link is external) alert.
Medlab impacted customers:
Contact Medlab customer service directly on +61 1800 433 980, or go to their data breach web page (link is external).
2022 Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition Opens in Chongqing
Every year in July, the Australian community organises a wide range of activities to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples and to deepen understanding of the Australian Aboriginal community. To celebrate this year's NAIDOC Week (3-10 July 2022), the Australian Consulate General in Chengdu and the Chongqing Library will host the 2022 Australian Aboriginal Art Exhibition "Australian Impressions" and "Yuendumu Doors” in Chongqing.
This exhibition will be open to the public free of charge at the Chongqing Library from 10 June to 10 July 2022. (more)
Australian Summer Business Reception in Chengdu – 23 June 2022
On the evening of 23 June 2022, the Australian Consulate General in Chengdu hosted the 2022 Summer Business Reception. Ms Adelle Neary, Consul General of Australia in Chengdu, Mr Zhang Yechu, Deputy Director of Sichuan Foreign Affairs Office, Ms Wu Zhijuan, Deputy Director of Chengdu Foreign Affairs Office, and about 100 guests from various industries attended the reception. (more)
International Women's Day Dinner: "Gender Equality for a Sustainable Tomorrow."
On the evening of June 10, 2022, the Australian Consulate General in Chengdu belatedly held an International Women's Day Dinner. The theme was " Gender Equality for a Sustainable Tomorrow". Thirty outstanding female representatives and male friends from government, consulates, schools, businesses and social organizations attended the dinner. (more)
On 22 May 2022 the Australian Consulate-General in Chengdu, in conjunction with Tourism Australia, held a special Australian-style indoor picnic to celebrate International Biodiversity Day. (more)
University Graduation Celebration in Chengdu
Congratulations to University Graduates of 2020 and 2021!
On the evening of 17 December 2021, AustCham China, together with the Australian Consulate General in Chengdu and the New South Wales Investment and Export Service Bureau, organised a special graduation celebration for the 2020 and 2021 students who were not able to return to Australia to participate in their graduation ceremonies. More than 170 graduates, family and friends from over 14 Australian universities attended. The fun-filled celebration provided a valuable opportunity for graduates to celebrate their academic achievements, reminisce about their time at university, and spend time with family and friends. More
Appointments for Passport and Notarial Services
Please make appointments for passport and notarial services using the Consulate’s online booking system. Passport service appointments for Australian Citizens are available between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon, Monday to Friday. Notarial service appointments are available between 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only.
If you are unable to make an appointment within the advertised hours, you can either call 028 - 6268 5200 or send an email to [email protected] to schedule an appointment. Passport enquiries, emergency passports or consular enquiries do not require appointments. Click here to make a booking.
Clients should arrive 5 minutes prior to appointments for security screening. If you arrive late for your appointment you may need to wait until an officer is available. Bookings can be made 3 weeks in advance. We request that you do not book more than one appointment at a time. Please refer to your notification email if you need to amend or cancel your appointment.
If you have specific enquiries about the requirements of each type of notary services, please click here.
If you have specific enquires about the requirements for passport applications, please click here.
Notice of New Digital Assistant Online Chat for Visa and Citizenship Enquiries
The Department of Home Affairs (HA) are trialling a Digital Assistant to answer your visa and citizenship questions. The Digital Assistant will make it easier and faster for you to find what you need on their website. You can access the Digital Assistant from the Digital Assistant tab on the bottom right hand side of the screen on most Immigration and Citizenship pages.