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.
The Australian Embassy does not handle visa or other immigration enquiries.
For security reasons, we ask that you keep travel bags, including hand bags, to a minimum when visiting the Embassy.
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Victoria State Election
A Victoria State Election has been announced for 24 November 2018. Postal vote applications will be made available on the Victorian Electoral Commission website from 31 October 2018.
Voting facilities at the Australian Embassy in Portugal will not be available. Requests for voting applications must be made directly with the VEC.
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.
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 2018-19 opened on 2 July 2018 (it is in force from July-June every year). Australian applicants can apply now through the Consulate General of Portugal in Sydney:
Additional information can also be obtained here. For any queries on the program or visa requirements, you must contact directly the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA).
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Visiting the Australian Embassy
Australian Passport and Notarial Fees
The Australian Embassy Lisbon can provide a limited number of notarial and documentary services for Australians in Portugal.
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.
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 2018-2019 – applications under assessment
Applications to the Direct Aid Program (DAP) 2018-2019 for Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe are currently being assessed by the Australian Embassy in Lisbon. All those who have submitted applications on Smartygrants will be advised if they have been successful or not by the end of September.
Queries about the Program should be addressed to:
São Tomé and Príncipe
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.
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 here.
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
- Australian Embassy Public Holidays
- Frequently Asked Questions