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Returning to Australia

Before you return as an australian citizen.

You need a valid passport or travel document to enter Australia.

If your Australian passport has expired

Find out how to get a passport when overseas on the Australian Passport Office website.

Before you return as a foreign national or a visitor to Australia

Before you return to or visit Australia, there are things you’ll need to keep in mind.

If your Australian visa is expiring or has expired

If you hold an Australian visa and intend to return to Australia, you need a valid visa. Check your visa’s expiry date and conditions before you go overseas. You will need a valid visa to re-enter Australia.

Find out more about getting a visa and what you can bring . The Department of Home Affairs has information about visas and how to check your visa details. These links will take you away from myGov.

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Check visa details and conditions, visa processing times, what health care costs to consider.

If you're visiting Australia from another country, consider if you need to pay for  health insurance. Find out about paying for health care  if you get sick or injured when visiting Australia .

Flying home

Learn about  flight safety and behaviour  before you board your flight.

If you’re returning by boat

You can find information about  entering and leaving by sea  on the Australian Border Force website.

Arriving at the airport

There are things you need to do before you can leave the airport.

Required documents

You need to present a valid passport or travel document and your completed Incoming Passenger Card.

Find out more about what  travel documents  you need to enter Australia on the Australian Border Force website.

Biosecurity screening

Australia has strict laws around bringing in items that are prohibited or pose a biosecurity risk. You must declare or dispose of any at risk items before going through biosecurity screening. There are harsh penalties if you give misleading information.

The Australian Border Force website has more information about  what you can bring into Australia .

If you're visiting Australia from another country, consider if you need to pay for  health insurance. Find out about paying for health care  if you get sick or injured when visiting Australia .

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You can find information about  entering and leaving by sea  on the Australian Border Force website.

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Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Australia.

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U.S. Embassy Canberra (The Embassy does not provide consular services.) Moonah Place Yarralumla, ACT 2600 Australia Telephone: +(61) (2) 6214-5600 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(61) (2) 411-424-608 Fax: +(61) (2) 6214-5970

U.S. Consulate General Melbourne 553 St. Kilda Road Melbourne, VIC 3004 Australia Telephone: +(61) (3) 9526-5900 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(61) (3) 9389-3601 Fax: +(61) (3) 9526-5968 Email:   [email protected]

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

You must have a valid U.S. passport and a visa or an approved Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter Australia. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an ETA. The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. Airlines and many travel agents in the United States are also able to apply for ETAs on behalf of travelers.

If you overstay your ETA or any other visa, even for short periods, you may be subject to exclusion, detention, and removal by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

If you are travelling on a valid U.S. ePassport (a passport that contains an electronic chip) and are 16 years of age or older, you are eligible to use Australia’s automated border processing system, SmartGate, upon arrival in Australia (SmartGate kiosks are available only at participating airports). There is no additional enrollment process or fee to use SmartGate. Visit the SmartGate website for more information and for a list of participating airports in Australia.

Visit the Embassy of Australia website for the most current visa information.  

HIV/AIDS restrictions. Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors and foreigners seeking permanent residence in Australia. Depending on the type of visa you apply for, the length of your stay, and your intended activities in Australia, you may be required to undergo a medical examination before the Australian Department of Home Affairs will issue you a visa.

If you are in the application process, and are found to be HIV positive, a decision on the application will be considered on the same grounds as any other pre-existing medical condition (such as tuberculosis or cancer), with the focus on the cost to Australia’s health care and community services.

Additional information about Australian immigration health requirements can be found here.

Please verify this information with the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. before you travel. 

Find information on dual nationality , prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

Terrorism: Terrorists have targeted, and could continue to target, Australia.

  • Australia has an alert system for possible terrorist attacks. The threat levels range from “not expected” to “certain.” The Australian National Security website has up-to-date information regarding the current terrorism threat level. You may also contact the Australian National Security Hotline at 61-1-800-123-400.
  • U.S. citizens in Australia should remain vigilant toward their personal security and exercise caution.
  • Australian law protects the right of individuals and groups to engage in peaceful protest and to publicly express their views. Demonstrations and political rallies are generally approved by local authorities and well publicized. However, please be cautious of any possible confrontation that could escalate into violence. You should attempt to avoid the areas of demonstrations and be careful within the vicinity of any demonstrations. You should stay current with media coverage of local events and always be aware of your surroundings.
  • You should be aware that robberies, burglaries, assault, and auto theft are common in Australia’s larger cities.
  • Foreign visitors in popular tourist areas are targets for pickpockets, purse-snatchers, and petty thieves. Most petty crime can be avoided if basic security precautions are taken.
  • Be careful when visiting bars or clubs in the entertainment areas of major cities, as “bar brawls” and other assaults sometimes occur. You should watch out for drink spiking when consuming alcohol with unfamiliar people.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

  • Report crimes to the local police at 000 and contact the U.S. Consulate in your district.
  • The local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
  • See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police.
  • Help you find appropriate medical care.
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent.
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms.
  • Provide a list of local attorneys.
  • Provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Provide information about Australian Victim Assistance programs.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution.
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home.
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport.

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. consulate in your district for assistance.

Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated, and rules and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage, and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance . 

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, imprisoned or deported.

  • It is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings, such as inside certain areas of Australian airports, near prisons, and at military bases.
  • Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Alcohol and Drugs:

  • Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking of drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect lengthy sentences and fines. Please see Australia’s Department of Health webpage for further information. 
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol can result in jail time.
  • Random breath testing of a driver's blood alcohol level is a common occurrence.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Potential Health Screening: Australian authorities have broad powers to prevent the entry of diseases and other materials into Australia that might pose a threat to its welfare. In the event of a public health emergency involving a communicable disease, passengers arriving in Australia may be subject to strict health screening measures, including testing, monitoring, and assessment for possible quarantine.

Customs: Australian customs authorities enforce very strict regulations concerning the importation from all countries of items such as agricultural goods, including plants and food products, and wood products, as well as very strict quarantine standards for animals and pets. Can you bring it in?

Contact the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C., or one of Australia's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements, and visit the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture website for additional information.

Natural Disasters:

Australia experiences a range of natural disasters, including bushfires, floods, and severe storms. These events are difficult to predict and can result in loss of life. You should be aware of conditions around you and monitor local weather and safety reports so you can take appropriate action when needed.

See our webpage for information on storm preparedness and response.

Safety Concerns:

Outdoor Recreation/Adventure

  • Be aware that Australian fauna can be dangerous. From jellyfish to crocodiles, sharks, poisonous insects, and snakes, the continent and its waters host wildlife that merit awe and respect in equal doses.
  • Visit the Wet Tropics Management Authority visitor information guide for information on Australian wildlife and marine life.
  • Take important safety precautions when swimming, such as swimming only between the flags where a lifeguard is present, and never swimming alone.
  • Further information on beach safety can be found on the Surf Life Saving website.

Follow recommended precautions when snorkeling and scuba diving and never dive alone. Over the past few years, there have been numerous deaths related to snorkeling and scuba diving incidents.

Faith-Based Travelers : See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Australia. Australian federal law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

As of December 9, 2017 Australia defines marriage as “the union between two people.” Australia grants temporary and permanent visas to same-sex partners of Australian citizens.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance

  • Australia enforces laws prohibiting discrimination against access to premises, facilities, and accommodation.
  • Many of the downtown areas of Australian cities were built in the 1800s. These areas often have narrow sidewalks crowded with pedestrians and tourists.
  • Most public transit, parking, streets, and buildings are accessible for disabled travelers.
  • Tourist spots at the beach or in the Australian outback can have varying degrees of accessibility.
  • Many accommodations and venues provide accessibility information on their websites.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers .

For emergency services in Australia, dial 000.

Ambulance services are widely available.

We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.

  • Excellent medical care is available in Australia.
  • Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services.
  • Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on overseas insurance coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.

Prescriptions:

  • If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of  Australia  to ensure the medication is  legal in   Australia .
  • Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Air Quality: Visit AirNow Department of State for information on air quality at U.S. Embassies and Consulates.

The U.S. Embassy maintains a list of hospitals and a link to the Australian National Health Services Directory at Medical Assistance - U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Australia (usembassy.gov) . We do not endorse or recommend any specific medical provider or clinic.

Medical Tourism and Elective Surgery

  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on Medical Tourism, the risks of medical tourism, and what you can do to prepare before traveling to Australia.

Pharmaceuticals:

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration are responsible for rules governing the transport of medication back to the United States. Medication purchased abroad must meet their requirements to be legally brought back into the United States. Medication should be for personal use and must be approved for usage in the United States. Please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Food and Drug Administration websites for more information.  

Adventure Travel

  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Adventure Travel .

Air Quality

Air pollution is a significant problem during certain months in Australia due to bush fires. Consider the impact seasonal bush fire season pollution may have on your health and consult your doctor before traveling.

The air quality varies considerably and changes with the season. It is typically at its worst in the bush fire season. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:

  • Infants, children, and teens
  • People over 65 years of age
  • People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
  • People with heart disease or diabetes
  • People who work or are active outdoors

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety:

  • Traffic operates on the left side of the road, and all vehicles use right-hand drive.
  • Use caution when crossing streets and when driving.
  • When crossing roads on foot, make sure you look carefully in all directions.
  • Seat belt use by drivers and all passengers is mandatory, and fines apply for not wearing them.
  • Motorcyclists must wear helmets.
  • Speed limits and laws are rigorously enforced. Speed limits vary throughout Australia and are measured in kilometers, not miles. Be aware that speed cameras are everywhere and you will be ticketed for driving over the speed limit.
  • Roads and streets are frequently narrower and less graded than U.S. highways.
  • Outside major metropolitan areas, most highways are two-lane roads with significant distances between destinations.
  • When driving in Australia, exercise caution while passing or merging with adjacent traffic.
  • If driving in rural areas, be alert to free-roaming animals, such as kangaroos, and "road-trains" (several semi-truck trailers connected together).
  • Passing road-trains is dangerous, and you should pull over to allow on-coming road-trains to pass to avoid being sideswiped.
  • If you have no experience with a 4-wheel drive vehicle, you should exercise common-sense when driving in the Australian outback.

Traffic Laws:

  • Each state/territory has different rules about using a foreign driver’s license and the conditions under which a visitor might have to get an international driver’s license. More information about  driving rules and regulations is available by state .
  • Texting or holding your phone while driving is against the law in Australia, but you can use a hands-free system to communicate while driving.
  • For specific information concerning Australian driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, mandatory insurance, and the rental and operation of motor vehicles in Australia, visit the  Australian Tourist Commission website.

Public Transportation:  Australia has an extensive and safe public transportation network consisting of buses, streetcars, ferries, trains, and subways. Metered taxis and ride sharing services are also prevalent. Use common sense safety practices, such as guarding valuables and remaining aware of your surroundings, on all public transportation.

See our  Road Safety page  for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Australia’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Australia’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Australia should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the  NGA broadcast warnings website  portal select “broadcast warnings”.

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  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
  • Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook .
  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Australia .  For additional IPCA-related information, please see the  International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA )  report.

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Passport services.

Are you planning to travel overseas this year? Renew or apply for your passport early as passport demand remains high.   You’ll need to allow at least six weeks to get your passport. Where possible, don't book flights without a valid passport. If you can't wait at least six weeks for your passport, you can use the priority processing service. If you've already booked your trip and need a passport, please call 131 232 to let the Australian Passport Office know your travel dates. For more information on how passport applications are prioritised, visit the Australian Passports Office website  or contact the office via their online enquiries form . 

You need a valid passport to travel overseas. If you're an Australian citizen, or a  dual citizen  wanting to travel as an Australian, you need a valid Australian passport. Every person travelling must have their own passport, including  children .

Your Australian passport is an important proof of your identity and citizenship.

Explore this page to learn the basics of:

How to get a passport

Passport validity.

  • Protecting your passport

Passport damage

Emergency passports.

  • ePassports and SmartGates

Dual citizenship and passports

Passport assistance overseas.

Be prepared. Check what to do before you go, and what you must do if something happens to your passport overseas.

The  Australian Passport Office , part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, issues Australian passports. You can complete your application online and lodge it at a participating Australia Post outlet, or at an Australian embassy or consulate overseas .

To get an Australian passport, you need to prove your identity and Australian citizenship. The steps in the application process are:

  • gather original documents
  • ask someone to be your referee or guarantor
  • complete your application
  • print your application
  • get passport photos
  • lodge your application and pay the fee

Start the process well before you travel. It can take time to gather what you need and apply. You'll have to pay an additional fee if you want to fast track your application.

For detailed information about how to get a new passport, or renew your passport, see the  Australian Passport Office website.

Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for six months after you plan to leave that country. Some airlines also impose this rule on their own initiative. It can apply even if you’re just transiting or stopping over. Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. You can receive conflicting advice from different sources. Getting it wrong can mean being stranded.

Check your passport’s expiry date before you travel. If you’re not sure it’ll be valid for long enough, consider getting  a new passport .

Protecting your passport and identity

Your passport is a valuable document. It's your proof of identity and citizenship overseas. You are responsible for ensuring your passport isn’t damaged, and it should be stored securely.

Some people may trick you into handing over your passport. It's attractive to people who want to use your identity to commit crimes.

To protect your passport:

  • always know where your passport is
  • keep it in a safe place
  • keep it dry

More tips and information for  protecting your passport .

If you've been the victim of identity theft, you can contact IDCARE for support.

Normal wear and tear to your passport shouldn't be a problem. More serious damage can stop you from travelling. It's important that:

  • there are no tears or cuts in the passport pages, especially the photo page
  • everything on the photo page is legible and clear
  • there are no marks across your photo or in the Machine Readable Zone (MRZ) on the photo page
  • no pages have been removed
  • there is no alteration or tampering

If you’re not sure about the condition of your passport, call the Australian Passport Office on 131 232 or contact your nearest Australian embassy or consulate overseas .  We may need to see your passport to assess it.

If you’re overseas and have a genuine and urgent need to travel, you can apply for an   emergency passport at an  Australian embassy or consulate overseas .

Emergency passports are only valid for up to 12 months and don’t have a chip. Because of this, there are restrictions on using them in some countries. Check the visa requirements of any country you plan to enter or transit via our travel advice.

You can apply for a new passport at the same time as you apply for an emergency passport, and collect the new passport when you get home.

SmartGates, eGates and ePassports

All Australian passports, except for emergency passports , are ePassports. An ePassport contains an electronic chip that helps to confirm your identity.

International airports in Australia, and some overseas, allow Australians with ePassports to use automated passport control machines. Australia calls these machines SmartGates. Other countries might call them eGates. They use facial recognition technology and your ePassport to check your identity and authenticate your passport.

The Australian Border Force is responsible for SmartGate operations in Australia.

Learn more about  using ePassports with SmartGates  from the  Australian Border Force .

If you're a dual citizen, you may have two passports. This can affect your ability to access consular help in some countries.

Australians, including dual nationals, should depart and enter Australia on their Australian passport. If you have a passport from another country, you can use that for travel once you have left Australia if you wish.

Consider which passport you want to travel on. Read our advice for  dual nationals .

Read the  Consular Services Charter  for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

What we can do

We can help you if your passport is lost, stolen or damaged while you're overseas.

We can issue a new passport, emergency passport or provisional travel document to help you get back to Australia.

If you need help overseas, call your nearest Australian embassy or consulate , or call our 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305.

If you're an Australian living overseas, we can process passport renewal applications. Contact your nearest  Australian embassy or consulate .

What we can't do

We can't give consular help to  dual nationals  who aren't travelling on an Australian passport in some countries. Consider which passport you travel on.

If you need an Australian passport, visit the  Australian Passport Office .

Final tips before you go

Prepare before you travel:

  • check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the date you will depart your destination
  • apply for a passport early, if you don't already have one
  • research entry and exit requirements in your destination country
  • apply for a visa, if required
  • if you're a dual national, research local laws and decide which passport you will travel on
  • Learn about  visas
  • Read key entry and exit requirements for all your  destinations
  • Get  travel insurance  before you go
  • See our  before you go checklist
  • What to do if your passport is lost, stolen or damaged overseas
  • See our advice for  dual nationals
  • Learn more about  travelling with children
  • Consular Services Charter
  • Find an  Australian embassy or consulate overseas
  • Learn more about  using ePassports with SmartGates  from the  Australian Border Force
  • See the  Australian Passport Office  (APO)'s 7-step guides on  adult  or  child  passport applications
  • Read the APO's advice on how to  renew your passport  and see their  frequently asked questions

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Many Australians hold two or more nationalities. If you're travelling to the country of your other nationality, find out how your citizenship can impact you.

Passport FAQs

Lodging an application, how long does it take to get a new passport.

You should allow at least 6 weeks to receive your new passport, although it may be faster. If you have an urgent need to travel, please see our Urgent Travel page.  

Do I have to lodge in person?

Adults using the one-page  PC7 Australian Passport Renewal Application  form can apply by mail or in person. 

Most applications to renew passports for children 15 years and younger can be lodged by mail.

All other applications must be lodged in person. This includes all first time applications, all applications for 16/17 year children, and all applications for adults using the 5-page PC8  Application for an Australian Passport Overseas  form.  

Please visit our  How to Apply page  for further instructions.

You can monitor the where to apply page of this website for announcements of outreach interviews in other states across the USA in case we happen to be coming somewhere closer to you.

Can I submit my application by mail if I live a long distance from an office?

No, unless your application is already eligible to be lodged by mail.  Please visit our  How to Apply page  for further information.  Distance from a passport office is not part of the criteria. 

Do I have to make an appointment to attend an interview?

Each office is different so please check your closest passport office location for details .

Does the Australian parent have to lodge a child passport application?

Either parent can lodge the passport application for a child. There is no requirement for the lodging parent to be an Australian citizen.

Does the child have to attend the interview?

It depends on the age of the child.  Children aged 16 and 17 years old must attend the interview with one parent.  Children aged 15 years and younger are not required to attend.

How long does the interview take?

Adult interviews usually take 10-20 minutes.  Child interviews usually take 15-30 minutes. 

If you are missing documents or your photos do not meet our requirements, you will need to return for a second interview. 

Does my child automatically become an Australian citizen if born to an Australian parent in the USA?

No.  You must apply for citizenship through the Department of Home Affairs (www.homeaffairs.gov.au).  You cannot lodge a passport application until the applicant has become an Australian citizen. 

RENEWING YOUR PASSPORT

Can i renew my passport before it expires.

Yes, you can renew your passport at any time.

Will my new passport have the same number as my old passport?

No, your new passport will be a new booklet and will have a new number.

Can I get more pages added to my existing passport?

No. You must apply for a new passport or a replacement passport (valid up to the same date as your existing passport.)

Do I need to renew if I'm not planning to travel?

No.  If you do not plan to travel and/or do not need a passport right now, you do not have to renew your passport before it expires. There is no penalty or fine if your passport expires. 

Renewing a passport is a personal choice.  However, you cannot leave the United States without a valid passport so if you have international travel planned, or need a passport for another reason, we encourage you to apply now.

What if I need to travel unexpectedly due to an emergency?

Please apply for an emergency passport as soon as possible.  We can generally issue an emergency passport in about 2 working days. If you need to travel more quickly, please call your lodging office to discuss your situation. 

Will I lose Australian citizenship if my passport expires?

No.  The status of your passport has no effect on your Australian citizenship. 

Will I need a longer application form if I let my passport expire?

It depends.  Adults may have to complete a longer form if their last passport was issued before 2006, or was lost/stolen, or they are changing the details on their passport.  Children complete the same form regardless of whether their passport is expired. 

What happens to my old passport?

Your current passport may still be valid when you apply for a new one but it will be cancelled on the date your new one is issued.  Once you’ve applied for a new passport, the Australian Passport Office recommends you don’t travel. This is because your current passport may be cancelled while you are overseas.

We do not cancel any visas inside your passport.  However, you should be aware that not all countries accept visas in passports that are no longer valid. Please check with the embassy of the country that issued your visa for specific advice. 

Can you help with replacing my foreign visa?

No.  We cannot assist you with any enquiries on foreign visas. You must contact the embassy of the country that issued the visa.

For US visas, we encourage you to consult with your visa sponsor and/or immigration lawyer for information about your particular situation. We also encourage you to contact U.S. immigration authorities:

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):  https://www.uscis.gov  or tel.: +1 800 375 5283. 
  • U.S. Department of State, Visa Services: https://travel.state.gov or tel.: +1 202 485 7600.

Will my US visa be valid in a cancelled passport?

We do not cancel US visas so in most cases the visa will still be valid.  However, you should contact US immigration to discuss your particular situation especially if your passport is damaged. You should not assume that a visa in a badly damaged passport is valid.

What if I may have lost my Australian citizenship?

All citizenship enquiries should be directed to the  Department of Home Affairs in Australia  on 011 612 6196 0196. You may be eligible to become an Australian citizen again if you lost your citizenship because of acquiring the citizenship of another country, or renounced or gave up your Australian citizenship.

Can you recommend any places that do Australian-style photos?

To assist clients living in the United States, we have provided details of photographers recently used by our clients with good results:  Map of photographers .

If you do not live near these photographers, you will need to find a local photographer and provide them with the Australian passport  photo specifications . You may wish to go to a shop that specialises in photos as its core business as our clients generally report that these shops are able to make the necessary adjustments to meet the Australian specifications.  However, there are many places capable of producing acceptable photos for Australian passports.  Each store is different so you will need to talk to your photographer to make sure he/she can take the type of photo you need.  Just because one particular store is able to produce a compliant photo does not mean that all photos produced by that chain will be acceptable. Check that the photographer uses studio lighting so that there are no shadows under your chin or behind your ear, and no flash reflection on your face. 

We do not guarantee the work of any individual photographer or store, so it is important that you check the photographs yourself to make sure they meet all requirements.

Why are my professionally-printed photos grainy or low resolution?

This is a common problem, usually caused when the photos are printed on an inkjet printer.  Please make sure your photographer is using a dye sublimation printer. 

The best way for you to check whether your photo is high resolution is to use a magnifying glass.  If you see stripes, grains, pixels or distortions, then the photo is not high resolution and will be rejected.

Please refer to the Australian Passport Office's camera operator guidelines .

Can I keep my glasses on for the photo?

No.  You must remove them for your passport photo, even if you wear them all of the time.   

What is the 'crown of head'?

The 'crown of head' is where the top of your skull would be if it were visible. It is not the top of your hair or the start of your hairline.  Picture yourself bald and measure your skull from the top of your skull to the tip of your chin.

Can I use a standard 2 x 2 photo?

Yes, provided the image inside meets our  photo requirements .

Should I trim the photos to the correct size?

No. We will do that for you.

COMPLETING AND PRINTING THE APPLICATION FORM

Why won’t the system accept my overseas address.

The Australian website cannot verify overseas addresses. This message is just a warning. As long you are satisfied that the address you have entered is correct you can proceed by pressing the 'next' button.  You should use your current US address for this section (unless you are a tourist passing through the United States).

What if I do not have A4 size paper?

It does not matter. Please print your online application onto US letter size paper. Be careful to shrink the images to fit onto letter size paper as we cannot accept an application form with the top or bottom of the pages cut off. 

Can I print out a blank form online?

No. Only completed applications can be printed from the website. If you require a blank application form, please contact the office where you will be lodging your application and one will be mailed to you. Blank forms cannot be faxed. 

Can I print my form in black and white?

Yes. You can print your form in either black and white or colour.

What if I don't have an Australian driving licence?

Section 16 of the adult application form asks you to list the details of your Australian driving licence if you are using them as part of your ID combination.  This section is optional.  If you do not have these documents, leave Section 16 blank. Remember that you will still need to submit a full  ID combination   with your adult application. For child applications, the lodging parent must submit government-issued photo/signature ID and proof of address.

What if all my original documents are in Australia or another country?

You have two options.  You can either have them sent to you in the United States so that you present them at your interview, or you can  have a friend/relative present the original documents on your behalf .

Should I sign my form in front of a Passport Officer?

No.  Please make sure all sections of the form are signed before you attend your interview.  We cannot witness your consent or act as your guarantor.

Can the Passport Office witness the parents' consent in Section 15?

No.  Please make sure your form is fully completed and witnessed before coming to the Passport Office for your interview.  We cannot witness your signature.

Do you accept notarised copies of documents at interview?

No. You must provide the originals of all documents required at your interview. 

The original documents can be  presented by a third party at any Australian passport office worldwide . They do not have to be presented at the same office where you are appearing for your interview. 

I have just done my passport application online. Did you receive it?

No.  It is not possible to apply for your passport electronically. If you have prepared your application online, you should print it and follow the instructions on our website about How to Apply. 

Can someone at the Passport Office be my guarantor?

What if i cannot find an australian citizen to be my guarantor.

You do NOT need an Australian citizen as a guarantor. You have two options:

  • a non-Australian who is currently employed in one of these occupation groups ; OR
  • a current Australian passport holder.

What if no one in the USA has known me for more than a year?

If you do not know anyone in the USA who can be your guarantor, then you will need to obtain a guarantor from your previous country of residence. You will need to send them the guarantor page from your application form plus one of your photos. Once they have filled in the documents as outlined on the application form, they must return the original documents to you so that you can submit them with your application. 

We cannot accept faxes or emails from your guarantor.  They must send the originals back to you for lodgement. If you need to travel in the next few weeks, please make sure you have the documents sent to/from your guarantor by courier so that you receive them in time to lodge your application.  

Does my Australian guarantor need 2 years remaining on their passport?

No.  The passport needs to have at least two years validity from when it was issued - i.e. it cannot be a temporary passport that was issued for under two years. It does not matter if there is less than two years validity remaining on the passport now, so long as there was at least two years when it was issued.   

Do I need a guarantor if I am just renewing?

If you are using the one page renewal form, called the Australian Passport Renewal Application (PC7), you do not need a guarantor. 

If you are using the Application for an Australian Passport Overseas (PC8) form, then you must provide a guarantor.

Does my guarantor need to be the same person that witnesses the parent’s signatures in Section 15 for child applications?

No, you can use a different person.

TRAVELING TO AUSTRALIA

Do i have to enter australia on an australian passport.

Yes, if you are an Australian citizen.  You are not entitled to a visa, even if you are also a citizen of another country. There is more information about this on the  Australian Border Force website  or you can call the Department of Home Affairs in Australia on 011 613 6196 0196.

Can I travel on a passport in which the name is different from my ticket?

Generally passengers travelling to/from the USA must have a passport that exactly matches the name on their airline ticket.  If you are concerned, you should contact your airline to see if they will carry you and the immigration department of all countries to which you are travelling to ensure you will be able to fulfil their immigration/customs requirements.

Does my passport need 6 months validity to travel to Australia?

Your Australian passport must be valid (not expired) on the day of your arrival in Australia.  It does  not  need to have six months remaining validity to enter Australia unless you are passing through a third country that requires it. 

If you are travelling to a different country, you can review the entry/exit requirements for your intended destination on Australia's  Smartraveller site  or contact the embassy of that country for specific advice. 

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Planning a trip to Australia? It's important to be aware of the country's passport requirements to ensure a smooth travel experience. In this article, we will discuss the implications of traveling with a passport valid for less than 6 months and provide you with essential information and tips to make your journey hassle-free.

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Australia has specific passport requirements for visitors entering the country. As a general rule, your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay. This means that if your passport is set to expire within 6 months of your arrival date in Australia, you may face difficulties at immigration.

Traveling to Australia with a passport that expires in less than 6 months can lead to potential issues. Immigration authorities may deny you entry into the country, or you may face difficulties during the immigration process. It is crucial to ensure that your passport meets the validity requirements to avoid any complications during your trip.

If your passport is set to expire soon and you have already booked your trip to Australia, it is advised to renew your passport before your departure. Contact your local passport office or embassy and follow their instructions on the passport renewal process. Remember to allow sufficient time for the renewal process, as it may take several weeks.

If you are unable to renew your passport in time or face unexpected circumstances, there are alternative travel documents you can consider. One option is an Emergency Travel Document (ETD), which can be issued by your country's embassy or consulate in Australia. However, it is important to note that an ETD may have limitations and could affect your ability to travel to other countries after leaving Australia.

  • Check your passport's expiration date well in advance of your trip to Australia.
  • If your passport is set to expire within 6 months of your intended stay, renew it before your departure.
  • Allow sufficient time for the passport renewal process, as it may take several weeks.
  • If you are unable to renew your passport in time, consider obtaining an Emergency Travel Document.
  • Ensure you have all necessary travel documents, such as visas or permits, in addition to a valid passport.

To ensure a smooth travel experience when visiting Australia, follow these tips:

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  • Double-check your travel documents well in advance of your trip.
  • Arrive at the airport early to allow sufficient time for immigration procedures.
  • Be prepared to answer any questions regarding the validity of your passport.
  • Stay updated on any changes to Australia's passport requirements by checking official government websites or consulting with your embassy or consulate.

Traveling to Australia with a passport valid for less than 6 months can lead to potential difficulties and complications. It is essential to ensure that your passport meets the validity requirements to avoid any issues during your journey. If your passport is set to expire soon, take the necessary steps to renew it or consider alternative travel documents. By being prepared and following the tips provided, you can have a smooth and enjoyable trip to Australia.

Frequently Asked Questions

While it is possible to travel to Australia with a passport that expires in less than 6 months, it is not recommended. You may face difficulties at immigration, and it is advised to renew your passport before your departure.

There are no general exceptions to the 6-month passport validity rule for entering Australia. It is always best to ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay.

If your passport is set to expire soon and you have already booked your trip to Australia, it is recommended to renew your passport before your departure. Contact your local passport office or embassy for guidance on the renewal process.

If you are unable to renew your passport in time, you can consider obtaining an Emergency Travel Document (ETD) from your country's embassy or consulate in Australia. However, an ETD may have limitations and could affect your ability to travel to other countries after leaving Australia.

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ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) ETA allows you to visit Australia as often as you wish in a 12-month period. Stay up to 3 months each time you enter Australia. Nationals of these countries are eligible for ETA: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (excluding official or diplomatic passports), United Kingdom (including British National Overseas), United States of America, and Vatican City.

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Tourist stream: varies according to one’s circumstances.

A transit visa is required even if you stay in the transit lounge and do not leave the airport.

However, some nationals can transit without a visa in Australia provided that: • You will arrive in Australia by aircraft. • You have a confirmed ticket to leave Australia to travel to a third country by aircraft within eight (8) hours of arriving. • You have a valid travel document to enter the country of destination. • You must not need to clear immigration or leave the airport transit lounge for any reason before boarding your onwards flight. If you need to clear immigration, for example to collect baggage or to board an onwards flight, you will need an Australian visa. • You are from one of these eligible countries: Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu and Vatican.

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Tourist stream: from 1 day to 37 days.

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ETA and Tourist stream: you can't stay in Australia longer by extending your ETA or Tourist stream visa. You must apply for another visa.

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Passport price to rise for second time in 14 months

Britons face paying 7pc more to update their travel ID from April 11

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Passport prices are set to rise for the second time in 14 months in a move that has been described as adding “insult to injury for holidaymakers”.

Britons face paying 7pc more to update their travel ID from Thursday, just over a year after a 9pc rise in February 2023.

The cost of applying or renewing an adult passport online will rise from £82.50 to £88.50.

This will push the British passport above Iceland as the fourth most expensive in Europe, behind Switzerland (£122), Denmark (£103) and Italy (£99.50).

Consumer expert Martyn James said the increase, which will see postal applications rise from £93 to £100, is “spectacularly bad timing”.

“It’s adding a bit of insult to injury – especially so if you’ve scrimped and saved to go on holiday,” he said.

“This isn’t like a broadband or mobile phone company who contract in price hikes in line with inflation plus a bit more.

“The Passport Office doesn’t need to introduce this price increase, and it’s spectacularly bad timing as we’ve all seen bills go up in April.

“It’s one of those costs that we all think ‘OK, I have to pay it’ - but what are we actually paying for? We’re not getting a super speedy service.”

The Home Office said that it does not make any profit from the cost of passport applications.

In 2010, the British passport was the most powerful passport in the world, however, it has since slipped down the rankings, according to the Henley Index, which ranks global passports based on the travel freedoms they allow.

The new blue British passport has been plagued by problems since it launched in 2020 with customers forced to wait up to 10 weeks due to processing backlogs. The Passport Office has since got a grip on its processing times and most applications are now processed within three weeks.

Thursday’s price rise means an online application for a children’s passport will now cost £57.50, while a standard postal application is to increase to £100 for adults and £69 for children.

Prices had been frozen at £75.50 for five years prior to the last increase in February 2023.

The Home Office said the new fees will “reduce reliance on funding from general taxation”.

A spokesman said: “The British passport is an invaluable document that allows millions of citizens to travel around the world.

“We are increasing the cost of applying for a passport to enable us to keep investing in our efficient and secure passport services and keep improving the quality of service British travellers expect.”

The new passport cost still falls shy of the price in the US, where renewals cost £103. Australia has the world’s most expensive passport, costing £180.

Separately, UK travellers have been falling foul of the 10-year rule change which came into play after Brexit.

EU countries no longer accept passports issued more than 10 years ago. They explicitly use the date the passport was first issued as the “starting” point, and so passports might be classed as expired. 

For example, if your passport was issued on June 1 2013, you cannot enter the EU post-June 2 2023, regardless of the expiry date on the document itself.

The Home Office said passport fees contribute to the cost of processing applications, consular support overseas, including for lost or stolen passports, and the cost of processing British citizens at UK borders.

It advises customers to apply in good time before travelling and not to book overseas trips without a valid passport.

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Cost of UK passports to rise for second time in 14 months to up to £100

Fee rises by 7% to £88.50 for adult online application, while applying by post will cost £100

The cost of a new or renewed UK passport is going up again for the second time in 14 months – rising by 7% to £88.50 for an adult online application from Thursday.

Thursday’s rise follows a 9% price hike to £82.50 in February last year. Before that increase, passport fees had not changed for five years and a standard adult online application cost £75.50, or £13 cheaper than this week’s new price.

Children’s passports will also cost more from Thursday, going up from £53.50 to £57.50 for an online application.

For those applying for the travel documents via a paper form sent in by post, there is an even greater increase, from £93 to £100 for an adult passport and £64 to £69 for a child. Passports are free for people born on or before 2 September 1929.

Which? said the increases may come as a shock to people due to renew these documents. Guy Hobbs, a travel expert at the group, told consumers on Wednesday that if they needed to renew their passport “today is your last opportunity to beat the price hikes”.

Hobbs said: “While these latest price rises may well reflect rising production or processing costs, the UK passport is now amongst the priciest in Europe – and travellers due to renew will likely be shocked by how much these little blue books now cost.

“Travellers should also be aware that from mid-2025 they will need to pay for an Etias [The European Travel Information and Authorisation System] to enter Europe.”

Etias, which is modelled on the US Esta scheme, means non-EU travellers will have to fill in a form and pay €7 (£6) before entering Europe’s passport-free zone. The fee will apply to everyone aged between 18 and 70 and is valid for multiple visits over three years. In most cases, approval is expected to be granted within minutes.

Delays caused by the pandemic meant that 360,000 customers had to wait more than 10 weeks to get their passports in the first nine months of 2022, according to the National Audit Office.

Passengers travelling to Europe are also being warned to watch out for changes that mean their passport could also be invalid even when it appears to be in date. Before Brexit, UK passport holders could travel in and out of the EU if they held a valid passport, even one that expired the day after their return.

However, now UK passport holders travelling to any EU country (except Ireland), plus the others in the Schengen area, could be denied boarding if their passport expires less than three months after their return date.

Post-Brexit rules also mean that EU countries no longer accept passports issued more than 10 years ago .

UK passports issued before September 2018 can have up to nine months added to the 10 years when they are renewed. This means some British travellers have been told they cannot enter the EU even though their passport has more than three months before the printed expiry date, because the document was issued more than 10 years ago.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The British passport is an invaluable document that allows millions of citizens to travel around the world.

“We are increasing the cost of applying for a passport to enable us to keep investing in our efficient and secure passport services and keep improving the quality of service British travellers expect.”

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