Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Greece. Here you will find information on how to contact us, advice on the range of consular services available to Australian citizens, and information on visa and citizenship arrangements. There are links to sites where you can obtain information about social security and pension payments, trade and investment advice, and find general information about Australia.
If you wish to learn more about Australian foreign and trade policy, or our bilateral relationships with Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, to which the Embassy is accredited, I encourage you to explore our Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website: www.dfat.gov.au. If you are an Australian citizen planning to travel overseas I encourage you to check our website.
Accreditation to Romania
Since 15 January 2014, the Australian Embassy in Athens is now formally accredited to Romania and has full responsibility for all aspects of the bilateral relationship including with respect to consular issues.
Enquiries from Australian nationals and residents in Romania should be directed to the Honorary Consulate in Bucharest, or the 24-hour consular emergency service in Canberra on +61-1300-555-135. Enquiries from nationals and residents of Albania should be directed to the Australian Embassy in Rome.
Australian Federal Election
The Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 2 July 2016. It is now too late to enrol to vote for this election.
Online applications for a postal vote (for those already registered to vote) are available on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website at http://www.aec.gov.au/ . Your application for a postal vote must be received by the AEC by 29 June 2016.
The Australian Embassy in Athens will be open for in person pre-poll voting on weekdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm commencing Wednesday 22 June until Friday 1 July 2016. The Embassy will be closed for voting on weekends.
The Embassy will not be open for voting on Election Day.
17 Embassies support Athens Pride 2016
Diplomats support Athens Pride 2016
Diplomats from the Embassies of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the USA in Greece will once again be expressing their support for the Athens Pride festival and parade on June 11, 2016 by taking part in the day-long event.
The theme of this year’s Athens Pride “Women are Made Not Born/Men are Made Not Born” pays special attention to the challenges transgender people encounter. Our countries strongly support the rights of all LGBT people as part of our commitment to universal human rights.
Annual LGBT pride events take place around the world, usually in June. Pride events, along with the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) in May, serve to reaffirm the equality and dignity of all persons, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
ANZAC Day Commemoration in Athens
The Australian Embassy in Athens hosted the annual Anzac Day commemoration on Monday 25 April at 11:00 am at the Phaleron Commonwealth War Cemetery.
Anzac Day is an important occasion to honour the sacrifice and courage of the original Anzacs and of all our servicemen and women who have given their lives in times of war.
The commemoration was open to the public.
Wednesday 25 November 2015 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW), also known as White Ribbon Day.
White Ribbon is part of the world’s largest male-led movement to end violence against women.
On White Ribbon Day we remind ourselves of the global impact of violence against women and the devastating impact it has on individual women.
Violence against women is a significant violation of women’s human rights and severely limits a woman’s ability to participate in every day social and economic life. While it has profound and long lasting impacts on its victims, violence against women causes broader suffering among children, families, communities and society as a whole.
The Australian Government has made it clear that Australia has zero tolerance for violence against women.
Violence against women is unacceptable, anywhere, anytime. Take a stance to end violence against women. It requires our collective efforts so we can achieve lasting change in Australia and around the world. This is not just for the benefit of women and girls, but for all of us.
A message from Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls and Chair of Our Watch, the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and Their Children, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November 2015
Turn the World UN Blue – Australia in blue to celebrate 70 years of UN
On 24 October landmarks across Australia were illuminated blue – the official colour of the UN – to mark the global Turn the World #UNBlue campaign.
The UN’s 70th anniversary comes at a time when the world faces simultaneous conflicts, the global threat of terrorism, and an unprecedented number of people in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
Australia has been active across the UN’s agenda over the past 70 years, promoting Australian values such as democracy and human rights, and contributing to international rules to strengthen security. Australia’s contribution to the UN is good for Australia, for our region and for the international community.
The Turn the World #UNBlue campaign unites citizens globally by spreading the UN’s message and reminding us all of the important role the UN continues to play in international peace and security, development and the promotion of human rights.
Visit http://dfat.gov.au/news/news/Pages/united-nations-day-24-october.aspx for more information.
Ambassador John Griffin visits the Bucharest War Cemetery
As part of his official visit to Bucharest on 8-9 September, the Australian Ambassador to Romania, Mr John Griffin visited the Bucharest War Cemetery to pay his respects to the Australian servicemen who lost their lives in action in 1944, during World War II, in Romania.
Allan Ross and Raymond Sauerwald, 21 and 22 years of age respectively, both Flight Sergeants with the Royal Australian Air Force, will forever be remembered.
Honouring Women in War
On 31 August 2015, a group of sixty nurses from Australia and New Zealand embarked on a commemorative journey to remember the Anzac Nursing sisters of 1915.
This voyage, organised by researcher Ms Clare Ashton, will take the group to Lemnos where they will re-enact the August 1915 arrival of the Australian nurses.
Before departing from the port of Piraeus, the group assembled at the Phaleron Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery to honour the fallen and begin their journey.
Ambassador Griffin and Embassy staff were there to welcome the group and wish them well on their voyage.
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