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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Australian Ambassador to Portugal
On 19 July 2019, Australian Ambassador to Portugal, Ms Claire Rochecouste, presented credentials to HE the President of the Portuguese Republic, Prof. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
Direct Aid Program 2019-2020 – Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe
The deadline for submitting applications closed on 4 August 2019.
The Direct Aid Program (DAP) is a small grants program managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that works directly with communities in developing countries. It focuses on supporting small-scale aid activities that deliver practical and tangible results.
DAP supports local community efforts towards poverty reduction and engages a wide range of partners including non-government organisations, community groups, educational institutions, health facilities and local governments.
DAP projects cover a range of sectors such as education, health, water and sanitation, environmental protection, women's empowerment and gender equality, supporting people with disabilities, economic livelihoods, food security and human rights.
In 2017-18 Australia supported 843 DAP projects in 130 countries with a total funding of AUD 22 million. Projects helped people with disabilities, provided small-scale infrastructure, encouraged community income generation and improved people’s health.
Through helping people in need, Australia demonstrates that it is a supportive and trusted partner in addressing global aid challenges in partner countries, including Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe.
Queries about the Program should be addressed to:
Cabo Verde: email@example.com
São Tomé and Príncipe: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Total funding allocation for the 2019-2020 Direct Aid Program is subject to approval.
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.
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.
The Work and Holiday program for 2019-20 opened on 1 July 2019 (it is in force from July-June every year).
For further information on how to apply, please click here.
For any queries on the program or visa requirements, you must contact directly the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA) as follows:
- using the online enquiry form at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au
- calling no. +61 2 6196 0196, Monday – Friday, from 9am – 5pm (mainland Portugal time).
Australian applicants can apply now through the Consulate General of Portugal in Sydney.
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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.
Eligible travellers visiting Australia can consider visa options such as an ETA (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/electronic-travel-authority-601) or an eVisitor visa (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/evisitor-651
EU nationals transiting through Australia on their way to another country for less than 8 hours may be able to transit without a visa. Find out more at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/transit-771/travellers-eligible-to-transit-without-visa
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.
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
Other useful information
- Private companies promoting Australian visa services
- Notification of Australia's Yellow Fever Vaccination requirements
- Australian Embassy Public Holidays
- Frequently Asked Questions