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.
Early (in-person) voting will be offered at the Australian Embassy in Athens from Monday 20 June 2016 to Friday 1 July 2016. The Embassy will be closed on weekends and on election day.
Australians can vote at the Embassy Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
For security purposes, voters will be requested to present an identity document (eg passport, driver’s licence) when attending the Embassy.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Voters at distant locations or those who are unable to attend the Embassy in person may vote by mail. Information on how to vote by mail may be found at the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website, http://www.aec.gov.au/election/pva/ . The AEC must receive the postal vote application by close of business on Wednesday 29 June 2016. The AEC may also be contacted by telephone for assistance on +61 2 6160 2600.
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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