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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.
Battle of Crete Commemorations
Memorial services to mark the Battle of Crete were held in the Municipalities of Rethymno and Chania, honouring all those who served and fought in Crete during the second World War. Services at the Rethymno Greek-Australian War Memorial, at the Souda Bay Commonwealth Cemetery and at Maleme were attended by officials and local community members. The Australian Embassy’s First Secretary and the Australian Defence Attaché in Southeast Europe were present and laid wreaths to commemorate the fallen. Every year, during the Battle of Crete Commemorations, the Australian Embassy presents highest ranking students in Crete with two scholarships on behalf of the Returned & Services League (RSL).
Australian Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour visits Volos, Greece
As part of its 2015 World Voyage, STS Young Endeavour visited Volos 4-6 April 2015. A reception was hosted on board the ship on 5 May by the Australian Ambassador Mr John Griffin and the ship’s Commanding Officer, LCDR Gavin Dawe, which was attended by approximately 60 people, among them the Mayor of Volos, as well as Prefecture Representatives and local community members. During the ship’s twelve month circumnavigation of the globe, crews of Royal Australian Navy personnel and more than 200 young Australians will have the chance to join and train with the ship. Part of Young Endeavour’s journey was to attend the Anzac Centenary Commemorations in April 2015 and to participate in the 2015 International Tall Ship Races in the North Sea.
Anzac Centenary Commemorations in Athens
Photos by Carlo Raciti, CR photography
The annual commemoration for Anzac Day was held at the Phaleron Commonwealth War Cemetery and was attended by many prominent guests and community members. The service was supported by the Hellenic Defence Forces and two contingents from the Australian naval vessel HMAS Success. The memorial service was followed by an informal reception at the Ambassador’s Residence, where the Embassy showcased an audio-visual and photographic exhibition of materials from the Gallipoli campaign, courtesy of the Australian War Memorial and the State Library of NSW.
Among many visiting Australians who wished to mark the Centenary of Anzac in Greece, a Cadet contingent visited Athens and Lemnos to attend the ceremonies. The Australian Ambassador hosted an afternoon tea at the Residence to honour their participation and efforts to further strengthen the bond between Australia and Greece.
Visit of HMAS Success to Athens
Photos by Carlo Raciti, CR photography
To mark the Centenary of Anzac and to acknowledge the special role played by Lemnos in the Gallipoli campaign, HMAS Success took part in official commemorations in Lemnos and Athens. The visit to Greece by HMAS Success, a battle tanker, was the first such visit since 2005. She carries a crew of 235 and has been deployed in the Middle East region since December 2014, conducting operations under the Combined Maritime Forces and under NATO.
A reception was hosted on board HMAS Success on 23 April in Piraeus, by the ship's Commanding Officer Capt. Justin Jones, RAN and the Australian Ambassador Mr John Griffin.
ANZAC Centenary Commemorations on Lemnos
This year marks one hundred years since the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) took part in the Gallipoli campaign launched in April 1915. The island of Lemnos played an important role as a staging point and hospital station in the Gallipoli campaign.
In recognition of this, a significant Greek and Australian military, government and community presence took part in commemorations on the island from 17-20 April 2015 to mark the Centenary of Anzac.
The Australian delegation was led by H.E. Ambassador, John Griffin, and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett. To acknowledge the special role played by Lemnos in the Gallipoli campaign, a Royal Australian Navy vessel, the HMAS Success, visited Lemnos to take part in the official commemorations.
Discussion on Hannah Kent's 'Burial Rites' novel
Ambassador to Greece Mr John Griffin was among the speakers during a discussion on the book Burial Rites (2013) of the Australian novelist Hannah Kent. This event was organised by the Bookworm reading club and took place at Syntagma Square (Public), Athens on 22 April 2015. The speakers and more than fifty participants -including Greek-Australian authors, intellectuals and journalists - exchanged views on the book and contemporary Australian literature.
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