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Passport applications during COVID-19

**Last updated 7:30pm EDT Saturday 28 March 2020 - Please monitor this page for updates**

Temporary Passport Arrangements during Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The Australian Embassy and our Consulates-General continue to offer passport services during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you have an expired Australian passport

If your Australian passport has expired and you have a direct flight to Australia (not via a third country), please contact us through the appropriate office listed on the Passport Locations page to discuss your options.

If you do not have a valid Australian passport, please follow the steps below to apply for a new passport.

Lodging passport applications

Wherever possible, we encourage you to apply for a temporary passport via mail.  Applications should be mailed to the office with jurisdiction over your state.  You should include:

  • ​A fully completed passport application form​
  • Two compliant passport photos
  • Photocopy of your most recent passport
  • B11 General Declaration explaining why you are unable to attend an interview
  • Credit card authorisation form for payment​
  • Airline tickets or other evidence of travel (if travelling within 3 weeks)
  • ​For clients submitting the PC8 Application for an Australian Passport Overseas form, you should also include photocopies of all required documents: proof of citizenship, birth certificates, name change documents (including for parents), and an ID combination. ​

Once we receive your application, we will email you with the time and date of your interview which will be conducted online using a link we send to you. Generally this will be within 1-2 business days of receiving your application.

Application fees for temporary passports​

Clients with scheduled travel within 3 weeks

US$124 plus $15 FedEx fee

An emergency passport will generally be issued within 2 working days of receiving a complete application. ​

Clients with travel after 3 weeks

A temporary passport will be issued in up to 3 weeks of receiving a complete application

  • ​Adults: US$286 plus $15 FedEx fee
  • Seniors: US$188​ plus $15 FedEx fee
  • 16 and 17 year olds: US$240​ plus $15 FedEx fee
  • 15 year olds and younger:  US$142​ plus $15 FedEx fee

Note:  For clients in this group, your application fee covers the cost of your temporary passport plus your replacement passport, provided you apply for the replacement in person at one of our offices before your temporary passport expires, and meet all requirements.  ​​​

Apply in Person – By Appointment Only

At this time, in-person appointments are reserved for urgent situations. Clients who make an appointment and who are interviewed at one of our offices will be issued with a full validity passport within three weeks, provided courier services in the Australia/US network continue to operate.  If you have urgent travel, you can also be issued with an emergency passport (see above).

See Where to Apply for appointment requirements at each location. ​ Normal fees apply. ​

For the safety of our staff and visitors, we ask that you do not bring anyone to your appointment or interview who is not required to attend.  If you are accompanied by friends or family members, they are welcome to wait outside our locations while you lodge your application. 

Photographs​​

Regardless of the type of passport applied for you must provide Australian-standard photographs.  Our website has a list of photographers who are able to provide acceptable photographs.​ You should call the photographer to make sure they are open.  If you cannot attend a photo studio, the best option is to take your photo at home and use the service provided by www.passportphotonow.com to have it sized and printed correctly.  The photos are mailed to you and expedited options are available. ​

Questions​

For questions regarding your application, please contact the office at which you lodged your application.