Welcome to the Australian Embassy in Riyadh
Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Riyadh. This site contains a broad range of information on the Embassy’s services. Here you will find information on how to contact us, advice on the range of consular services available to Australian citizens, information on visa and citizenship arrangements and other practical information on matters such as trade and visas. This site can direct you to an extensive array of information about Australia and the Australian Government.
Accreditation to Bahrain, Oman and Yemen
The Australian Embassy in Riyadh is formally accredited to Bahrain, Oman and Yemen and has full responsibility for all aspects of the bilateral relationship including with respect to consular issues.
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Latest News and Events
Australian Federal Elections 2016
An Australian Federal election has been called for Saturday 2 July 2016.
Eligible Australians living or visiting overseas are urged to ensure they are enrolled to vote.
Australian citizens currently living or travelling overseas can check their enrolment details online at www.aec.gov.au/check.
If you are an Australian citizen aged 18 years or older and are not enrolled, and you have been overseas for less than three years, you are eligible to enrol.
To enrol from overseas please visit the website of the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for the details you need to complete an 'enrol to vote for federal elections from outside Australia form' available at www.aec.gov.au/overseas.
Completed enrolment applications should be returned to the AEC before 8pm (AEST) on Monday 23 May. Forms can be scanned and uploaded at www.aec.gov.au/return, or faxed or returned by post to the reply paid Australian Electoral Commission address available on the form.
Once enrolled, overseas Australians will be able to vote in the 2016 federal election by post. Please note that the Australian Embassy in Riyadh has not been designated as an in-person polling station, so no voting facilities will be available. In the Gulf, in-person voting facilities will be on offer at the Australian Embassies in Abu Dhabi and Kuwait and at the Consulate-General in Dubai. For details, please check the websites of these missions, which can a be accessed through www.dfat.gov.au.
For more information on overseas voting and for a full list of overseas voting centres go to www.aec.gov.au/overseas.
From 1 January 2016 the following changes will apply:
- 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: passports.gov.au.
- Children and persons aged 75 years and over are no longer eligible for frequent traveller passports.