Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Portugal
Our contact details and other information about the Embassy are available under the About us in the menu.
Please be aware that if you plan to visit the Embassy, you must book an appointment and bring valid identification.
For security reasons, we ask that you keep travel bags, including hand bags, to a minimum when visiting the Embassy.
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By-election, Federal Division of Batman
A by-election for the Federal Division of Batman in Victoria will be held on 17 March 2018. Eligible electors overseas can apply for a postal vote. Enquiries can be made directly to the Australian Electoral Commission at www.aec.gov.au/batman or via email.
Frequent Traveller Passports
Australian citizens please note Frequent Traveller Passports are no longer available.
Passport Fees Increase - 1 January 2018
Australian Passport fees increased on 1 January 2018.
Australia's Foreign Policy White Paper
Australia is closely connected to the world. To ensure we benefit from our international links, the Government has developed a plan - the Foreign Policy White Paper.
Visit www.fpwhitepaper.gov.au to learn more.
Ambassador Peter Rayner's visit to Cabo Verde
Ambassador Rayner undertook a visit to Cabo Verde in December 2017.
Are you travelling to Australia?
The Australian Government has introduced additional aviation security measures for both international and domestic terminals at Australia’s major airports, aimed at addressing heightened security concerns in the aviation sector. The travelling public can expect to experience an increased level of security scrutiny at the airport but they should not be concerned about these precautionary measures. As the measures place an additional burden on the screening system, it may take a little longer than usual to get through the process.
- Passengers are advised to arrive at least 2 hours before domestic flights and 3 hours before international flights to allow time for security screening.
- Passengers should also limit the amount of carry-on and checked baggage they travel with as this will help to ensure security screening is efficient.
There are no changes to what can and cannot be carried on board the aircraft.
Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462) – Australia and Portugal
On 23 November 2014, the Work and Holiday Maker visa (subclass 462) became available for holders of Portuguese passports, aged between 18 and 30. For further information on how to apply, please click here.
The Work and Holiday program for 2017-18 reopened on 1 July 2017. Australian applicants can apply now. The allocation for Portuguese applicants is now exhausted. New applications can be made under the annual program from the 1 July each year.
Additional information can also be obtained here. For any queries on the program or visa requirements, you must contact directly the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Message from the Ambassador.
Australian Passport and Notarial Fees
The Australian Embassy Lisbon can provide a limited number of notarial and documentary services for Australians in Portugal.
Where local notaries can provide services, the Australian Embassy will not provide them.
In many cases, local notaries can provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently.
Beware of Employment Scams
The Embassy’s attention has been drawn to instances of fraudulent online advertisements for employment in Australia. If you are a Portuguese citizen, you can contact the office of the Secretary of State for Communities:
Please be aware that only the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is authorised to issue Australian visas. You are advised to verify the fraud alert on DHA’s official website:
Further information on internet scams is available from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website www.scamwatch.gov.au.
Direct Aid Program - Cabo Verde, São Tomé and Princípe and Guinea Bissau
The Australian Embassy in Lisbon manages the Direct Aid Program (DAP) in Cabo Verde, Sao Tome and Principe and Guinea-Bissau.
DAP is a flexible small grants scheme available to individuals, community groups and local and international NGOs, government entities, academic institutions, museums or other non-profit organizations working in development activities at community level and that involve the beneficiaries in the identification and implementation of the project. The projects focus on areas of: poverty alleviation, income generation, education, sanitation, health, human rights, good governance, rural development, gender equality, environment and ad hoc humanitarian relief.
To view projects that have been funded, please click here.
The Australian Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal does not process visa or citizenship applications. For clients resident in Portugal visa processing is undertaken electronically through the online ‘eVisa’ service, or by processing centres in Australia, or by an immigration office at another Australian Embassy.
For further information, including telephone and email contact details, please click on Information regarding Visas and Migration.
Travelling in Portugal
Petty Crime in Portugal continues to be a problem for tourists. Australians planning to travel to Portugal should read the following information
Global Heads of Mission Meeting, 28-30 March 2017
Australian ambassadors travelled to Australia for a Global Heads of Mission Meeting from 28–30 March in Canberra, state and territory capitals, and rural and regional Australia. Ambassador Peter Rayner travelled to Western Australia and met with community and business leaders who are forging ahead to strengthen Australia-Portugal bilateral and economic relations.
The meeting brought together for the first time our Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consuls-General to discuss foreign, trade and development policy objectives and the global environment in which we are seeking to achieve them. More information is available at http://dfat.gov.au/news/news/Pages/global-heads-of-mission-meeting.aspx
Ambassador Peter Rayner's visit to Braga
Ambassador Peter Rayner undertook an official visit to Braga on 5-7 December 2016. The Ambassador met with local entities and business, including Minho University, to further develop links between the region and Australia.
Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade & Investment
The Australian Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade & Investmenthighlight the Australian Government's foreign and trade priorities in this short video.
Other useful information
- Private companies promoting Australian visa services
- Notification of Australia's Yellow Fever Vaccination requirements
- Public Holidays 2018
- Frequently Asked Questions