Services for Australians Overseas
Assisting Australians within limits
One of the main functions of the Australian Embassy is to provide a range of services (within limits) to Australians. The Consular Section (telephone +966 11 250 0990; email firstname.lastname@example.org) is open between 0750 and 1545 hours Sunday to Thursday. An emergency after office hours service is available by calling the Embassy switchboard, +966 11 250 0900 for a recorded message and instructions about making contact. With most problems we can "help you to help yourself", by providing information, advice or guidance, or we will act on your behalf if that is required. We will do whatever we can to assist in the shortest possible time. Please bear in mind that in some countries, local bureaucratic or legal processes can be slow by Australian standards.
Travel information for Australians
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade offers the latest travel advisories and other traveller hints, including to the Embassy\'s countries of accreditation: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman and Yemen.
On-line registration for Australians overseas
We encourage use of this online registration service by Australians planning to reside overseas for extended periods, and those travelling to locations where there are security risks. Please register at www.smartraveller.gov.au
All passport applications completed online must be printed by the applicant and lodged at a passport office together with relevant supporting documents, fee, etc. There is currently no way of lodging an Australian passport application electronically (online).
Applications for passports can be completed and printed using the online passport service at www.passports.gov.au
All passport fees are payable in Saudi Riyals at the nominated exchange rate which changes monthly. Please contact the Embassy for the most current fee. Fees can be paid by bank draft or bank cheque, made payable to "Australian Embassy, Riyadh". Credit cards and personal cheques will not be accepted, and no other currency is acceptable. If paying by non-Saudi bank cheque please include an additional SR45 to cover international bank charges.
Increased passport fees will apply. Please contact the Embassy for the most current fee.
There will be a discrete application fee for emergency passports. Emergency passports will still be processed within two business days where possible and once all required documentation has been provided.
From 1 January 2016, child applicants aged 16 or 17 will be issued with a 10-year passport instead of the five-year passport currently issued to children under 18. Applications must still include parental consent, and they must be personally lodged by the applicant together with a parent. The application fee will be the same as for adults, reflecting the longer validity of the passport to be issued. For more information about child passport applications, check the passport website: https://www.passports.gov.au/
Children and persons aged 75 years and over are no longer eligible for frequent traveller passports.
Important Notes for lodging a passport (Adult and Child) from 1 July 2015
From 1 July 2015 the Australian Embassy in Riyadh will only be able to accept passport applications lodged in person, subject to the limited exceptions which will apply in extreme circumstances, such as war or natural disaster. Children do not have to attend the lodgement interview. However, at least one person with parental responsibility for the child must lodge the application in person and provide proof of their identity.
From 1 July 2015 a new overseas application fee (overseas surcharge) will apply to all full validity adult (including senior) and child passport applications lodged overseas. The ‘overseas surcharge’ is in addition to the standard application fee.
Additional application fees for an Australian passport overseas
75 years and over: $100.00
You will usually be required to pay the equivalent amount in local currency at the prevailing exchange rate.
All passport fees are payable in Saudi Riyals at the nominated exchange rate which changes monthly. Please contact the Embassy for the most current fee.
Persons requiring any of these services can call +966 11 250 0990, between the hours of 0745 - 1545, Sunday to Thursday to make an appointment.
The Embassy performs notarial acts, and charges for this service.
All notarial fees are payable in Saudi Riyals at the nominated exchange rate which changes monthly. Please contact the Embassy for the most current fee. Fees can be sent via the courier or by bank draft or bank cheque, made payable to "Australian Embassy, Riyadh". Credit cards and personal cheques will not be accepted, and no other currency is acceptable. If paying by non-Saudi bank cheque please include an additional SR45 to cover international bank charges.
The Embassy operates an appointment system for attestation and notarial services. Persons requiring any of these services can call +966 11 250 0993, between the hours of 0745 - 1545, Sunday to Thursday to make an appointment.
Living in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman or Yemen
- Useful contacts
- Citizenship, including the possible registration of a child born overseas as an Australian citizen
- Taxation issues
- International driving permits
- Renewal of an Australian driver\'s licence
- Birth, marriage and death certificates
- Police clearances from Australia
- Police clearances from Saudi Arabia
- Marriage overseas
- Authentications and apostilles
- Custody of children
Former residents of Australia
A gateway to information about Australian benefits, payments and services.
Returning to Australia
Handy information for Australians or residents returning from a holiday or moving back to Australia.