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Embassy and Consulates of the Commonwealth of Australia in China

See the official site to confirm details:

  • http://www.china.embassy.gov.au/
  • http://www.guangzhou.china.embassy.gov.au/
  • http://www.shanghai.china.embassy.gov.au/

Australia Embassy in Beijing

  • Website: http://www.china.embassy.gov.au/
  • Consular Districts: Municipalities of Beijing, Chongqing, Tianjin; Autonomous Regions of Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia and Tibet; Provinces of Yunnan, Shandong, Sichuan, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Qinghai, Liaoning, Jilin, Henan, Heilongjiang, Hebei, Guizhou and Gansu.
  • Address: 21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600 (中国北京东直门外大街21号 邮编:100600)
  • Working hours and days (holidays): 08:30 am–12:30 pm, 1:30 pm–5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays). The embassy is closed on the following Australian and Chinese holidays: New Year's Day, Spring Festival, Good Friday, Easter Monday/Anzac Day, International Labor Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Chinese National Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Additional APS Holidays. And there will be further notices if any adjustment is made.
  • Tel: +86–10–51404111, Tel for Emergencies: (+86)10 5140 4111
  • Fax: +86–10–51404204
  • Email: embassy.beijing@dfat.gov.cn

The Australian Embassy in Guangzhou

  • Website: http://www.guangzhou.china.embassy.gov.au/
  • Consular Regions: Fujian Province, Guangdong Province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Hainan Province, Hunan Province
  • Address: Floor 12, Development Centre, 3 Linjiang Road, Zhujiang New City, Guangzhou 510623(中国广东省广州市珠江新城临江大道3号发展中心12楼 邮编:510623)
  • Working hours and days (holidays): 08:30 am–5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays). For passport applications: 9:00 am–12:00 am, Monday to Friday. For notarial services: 3:00 pm–4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
  • The embassy is closed on Australian and Chinese holidays (the same as the Beijing Embassy), and there will be further notices if any adjustment is made.

  • Tel: (+86) 20 3814 0111
  • Fax: (+86) 20 3814 0112
  • Email: guangzhou.consular@dfat.gov.au

AustraliaEmbassy in Shanghai

  • Website: http://www.shanghai.china.embassy.gov.au/
  • Consular Regions: Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province, Anhui Province, Jiangxi Province and Hubei Province
  • Address: Floor 22, CITIC Square, 1168 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai 200041
  • (上海市南京西路1168号中信泰富广场22楼 邮编:200041)
  • Working hoursand days (holidays): 8:30 am–5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
  • For Passport applications: 9:00 am–12:00 am, 1:30 pm–3:00 pm, Monday to Friday.
  • For Notarial services: 3:00 pm–4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

The embassy is closed on Australian and Chinese holidays (the same as the Beijing Embassy), and there will be further notices if any adjustment is made.

  • Tel: (+86) 21 5292 5500
  • Fax: (+86) 21 5292 5511
  • Email: consular.shanghai@dfat.gov.au

Embassy/Consular Services

  • Applying for an Australian passport for minors and adults, including renewal, replacement, and temporary travel documents
  • passport
  • 3. Applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
  • 4. Applying for a first Australian passport for children born outside Australia
  • 5. Notarial services
  • 6. Getting married in China

1. Renewing/replacing a passport

A. Where to apply:

You can go to the passport offices in Beijing Embassy, Guangzhou Consulate or Shanghai Consulate to renew/replace a passport.

B. What's needed:

For renewal of recently expired passports: two recent colour passport photographs of yourself and your previous passport.For replacement of stolen or lost passports: a complete Australian Passport Renewal Application, a full adult passport application form, two recent colour passport photographs, attend an interview

C. How to apply:

You are required to transact your passport affairs between 8:30 am to 12:00 am and 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. No appointment is necessary. If you are in Beijing , Shanghai or Guangzhou, you should renew your passport in person. If you are in other cities, there is an option for renewal of your passports by mail. For mailed application, the passport holder must be over 18; complete supporting documentation is needed. You can’t renew a passport with a validity of less than 2 days. Replacing lost or stolen passports is not accepted by mail.

D. Fee and Payment method:

Fees are payable in Chinese RMB only (cash only). Personal, business and bank cheques will not be accepted for payment of passport fees. The fees will vary from time to time according to the exchange rate. Contact the Embassy or the Consulates-General for information about current fees. An additional fee will apply for lost and stolen passports.

The schedule of passport fee

A$CNY
The Issue of an Australian Passport (32 pages) Note: This fee includes Diplomatic and Official PassportsAdult $226.00 Minor $113.001,490 745
The issue of an ordinary Senior's Passport (32 pages)$113.00745
The issue of an Australian Passport (64 visa pages)Adult $340.00 Minor $170.002,250
1125
The Issue of a Frequent Traveller Senior's Passport (68 pages)$170.001125
An Observation made after the issue of a Passport$14.0090
The Renewal of a Convention Travel Document$11.0070
Priority Processing Fee$100.00660

Payment by mail

Payment by mail can be made in cash or by postal money order. You should send the postal money order to the Consular Section of Australian Embassy in Beijing (21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Beijing, 100600 北京市朝阳区东直门外大街21号).

If paying by postal order, you should consider that the funds paid may take up to two weeks to be forwarded by the Chinese postal service. The Embassy will begin processing your application after the fee has been received and the application approved by the Embassy/Consulate.

E. Processing time:

General speaking, it needs 10 working days (this does not include postal time) once the passport office has received all the necessary information. The Visa Section of the Chinese Public Security Bureau may also require several days to issue a replacement visa into your new passport.

F. Passport pick-up/receipt:

G. What to do if you don’t have a passport (temporary passport/visa?):

First, you should report the loss of a passport as soon as possible to the Australian Embassy or Consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai. Then get an official Lost Passport Report from the police station nearest to you. Immediately apply for a new Australian passport to replace the lost one. You are required to provide a filled-in application (PC8), two standard Australian passport photos, and submit the application during 8:30 am–12:00 noon, 1:30 pm–4:30 pm on a working day.

2. Adding Visa Pages to an Australia Passport

A. Where to apply:

You need to choose the Visa Office of the Embassy or Consulate-General which holds consular jurisdiction over the regions where you reside in. See the following information for reference:

Visa office of Australian Embassy in Beijing:Beijing municipality, Tianjin, municipality or Hebei province

  • Address: Australian Embassy, Immigration Section 21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Beijing, China
  • Working hours: 9:00 -12:00, Monday to Friday for general public and 14:00 - 16:00 Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri for approved couriers.

Visa office of Australian Consulate General in Shanghai: Shanghai, Chongqing, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi, Hubei, Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Henan, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai, Xinjiang and Tibet.

  • Address: Australian Consulate General Shanghai, Visa Office, Suite 401 Shanghai Centre 1376 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai 200040, China
  • Working hours: 8:30 am–12:00 am and 1:30 pm–3:30 pm, Monday to Friday excluding Wednesday afternoons. Please note you must bring your passport or photo ID, and pass a security check to enter the Visa Office.

Visa office of Australian Consulate General in Guangzhou: Guangdong, Fujian, Hunan, Guangxi, Yunnan, Guizhou, and Hainan.

  • Address: No.3 Linjiang Da Dao, Zhujiang New City, Tianhe District, Guangzhou ,China 510623
  • Working hours: 08:30 am–12:00 am, Monday to Friday

B. What’s needed:

Application form, passport and supporting documentation

C. How to apply:

You can transact your visa affairs in person. You are recommended to lodge your application by mail. No appointment is needed.

D. Processing time:

General speaking, it takes 5 working days from the day the visa office receives your application.

F. Adding extra pages to a child passport:

Contact the embassy/consulate for guidance.

G. Consulting e-mail address or phone number:

BeijingEmbassy:

  • E-mail: immigration.beijing@dfat.gov.au
  • Tel: (010) 5140 4424
  • Telephone Enquiry hours: 1:30 pm–4:00 pm, Monday to Friday

Shanghai Consulate:

  • E-mail: immigration.shanghai@dfat.gov.au
  • Tel: (021) 6279 8098
  • Telephone Enquiry hours: 8:30 am–12:00 am and 1:30 pm–3:30 pm, Monday to Friday

GuangzhouConsulate:

  • E-mail: visaenquiries.guangzhou@dfat.gov.au
  • Tel: (020) 3814 0250
  • Telephone Enquiry hours: 2:00 pm– 4:30 pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (Please note no telephone answering service on Wednesday afternoon)

3. Applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)

Contact the embassy/consulate for guidance.

4. Applying for a first Australia passport for children born outside the Australia

Referenced website:http://www.china.embassy.gov.au/bjng/Consular3_2.html

A. Where to apply:the passport offices in Beijing Embassy.

B. What's needed:The child’s birth certificate/Consular Report of Birth Abroad; a completed passport application form (PC8); the documents should be either original or a certified copy.

C. How to apply:You (one parent must attend a passport issuing office for an interview on behalf of the child) can apply for an Australian Passport through the Consular Office at the Australian Embassy. Mailed application is not accepted. No appointment is needed.

D. Processing time:Generally speaking, it needs 10 working days.

E. Fee and payment method: Fees are payable in Chinese RMB only (cash only). Personal, business and bank cheques will not be accepted for payment of passport fees.

5. Notarial Services

  • Referenced website:http://www.china.embassy.gov.au/bjng/Consular4_1.html
  • Working hours: The Australian Embassy will provide notarial services for clients between 2pm and 4pm daily.
  • Tel: (010) 5140 4111
  • Fax: (010) 5140 4230
  • Mail:pubaff.beijing@dfat.gov.au

A. Notarial services include: certification of copies of official documents; witnessing of signatures on documents; witnessing the execution of affidavits; taking statutory declarations; authentication of documents

B. Requirements for witnessing and certifying documents: Original documents (copies will not be certified); proof of your current name and signature (such as your passport)

C. Fee and payment method:

The fees for these services are paid in Chinese RMB currency (cash only), and vary from time to time according to the exchange rate. Contact the Embassy or the Consulates-General for information about current fees.

The schedule of Consular Fees

A$CNY
Marriage - Witness Statutory Declaration$20.00130
Marriage - Prepare a Certificate of No Impediment$90.00585
Administer an oath or receive a declaration$20.00130
Witnessing - Signature and/or Seal$20.00130
Verifying & Certifying - a copy of document or part of a document$30.00195
Legalisation of document$20.00130
Marking an exhibition to an affidavit or declaration in writing$10.0065
Uniting documents and affixing a seal to the fastener$20.00130
Witnessing the execution of a will$40.00260
Transfer funds through official accounts$40.00260
6. Getting Married in China, etc

Referenced website:http://www.china.embassy.gov.au/bjng/Consular3_1.html

If you are planning to be married in Australia, all enquiries should be directed to the marriage registry in the state in which you are intending to register your marriage.

Requirements for Marriage in China:

  • You should first contact the local Chinese marriage office in the area you are planning to get married to confirm their requirements.
  • An Australian Certificate of Single Status (obtaining by mail from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in the state in which you were resident in Australia);
  • A Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) (obtainable from an Australian embassy or consulate);
  • Marriage Certificate