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. To learn more about Australian foreign and trade policy, or our bilateral relationships with Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, to which the Embassy is accredited, you can explore the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website: www.dfat.gov.au. If you are an Australian citizen planning to travel overseas, check out the Smartraveller website.
Appointments for Passport and Notarial Services
Visa, Citizenship or Customs enquiries
The Embassy is unable to provide assistance with obtaining Australian citizenhsip and visa enquiries. For more information visit the Home Affairs website. To speak with an officer from the Department of Home Affairs, you will need to call their Global Service Centre (GSC) +61 2 6196 0196 from 9am - 5pm local time from Monday to Friday.
PASSPORT DEMAND AND APPOINTMENTS
There is an unprecedented demand for Australian passports, with the Embassy experiencing a surge in requests for passport appointments and information on processing times. The record demand has caused delays in the processing of passport applications in the Australian Passport Office.
It is recommended that you plan for a minimum of eight to ten weeks to receive your passport after submitting your application. Child and first-time adult applications can take longer to process, we recommend you allow more time for these applications. If you are lodging as a fmaily or group, applications can be authorised at different times and passports may not be received in one group. Unacceptable photographs and errors in your application will cause additional delays.
Before you book your travel, we suggest you check here for passport appointment availability and add at least six to ten weeks onto that date.
COVID-19 - Visiting the Embassy in Athens
Face masks are mandatory for all visitors entering the Embassy. You will be required to have your face mask on before you enter the Embassy, while you are waiting and at the counter when being served.
We are monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and actively following the latest medical advice and official reports issued by the Greek authorities. During this constantly evolving situation, the safety of Australian citizens, and our Client Services and Embassy team remains our highest priority. We ask that you stay up to date with the measures being implemented across Greece, Bulgaria and Romania, and most importantly, follow the advice of local authorities.
For Australians in Bulgaria & Romania
Our Honorary Consuls in Bulgaria (Sofia) and Romania (Bucharest) may only be able to offer limited assistance.
If you need urgent consular or passport assistance please phone the Embassy in Athens directly on +302108704000. This number is open for calls 24 hours, 7 days a week to ensure you are assisted. Please note that between 4pm and 8am (Central European time) there may be additional waiting times when the number is redirected to our call centre in Canberra.
AUSTRALIA-BULGARIA 50 YEARS OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
On 5 April 1972, Australia and Bulgaria established formal diplomatic relations. 50 years later, our nations enjoy a strong, warm friendship. One that is grounded in close community links, growing economic ties, and a shared commitment to democracy, the rule-of-law and free trade.
As a tribute to our warm friendship, we are publishing a series of historical photos and archive documents.
OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
The Australian Government encourages Australian enterprises operating overseas and multinational enterprises operating in Australia to observe the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The Guidelines provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct in a variety of areas, including:
- human rights;
- employment and industrial relations;
- combating bribery, bribe solicitation and extortion;
- consumer interests;
- science and technology;
- competition; and
The Australian National Contact Point (AusNCP) promotes the use of the OECD Guidelines and contributes to the resolution of issues relating to their implementation, including facilitating access to conciliation services.
DIRECTOR IDENTIFICATION NUMBER
Are you an Australian company director, based in Australia or resident overseas? If so, you are required to apply for a director identification number (director ID). Find out more.
RECOGNITION OF AUSTRALIAN DRIVER LICENCES IN GREECE
As of 5 November 2021, Australian driver licences are recognised in Greece. Individuals who hold a valid Australian driver licence no longer need to also have an International Driving Permit to be able to drive in Greece. A measure that will greatly benefit thousands of Australians living in or visiting Greece annually.
The Greek law stating the recognition of Australian driver licences is Law 4850, Article 25, Para 3, published in Greek Government Gazette A 208 – 05.11.2021.
ANZAC DAY Commemorations 2022
This year, the Australian Embassy will mark ANZAC Day through the commemorations on Lemnos island which Ambassador Arthur Spyrou will also attend.
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ambassador Spyrou will also lay a wreath privately, with the New Zealand Honorary Consul, at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Phaleron Cemetery in Athens.
Lest we forget.
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Work and Holiday arrangement between Australia and Greece
A new Work and Holiday arrangement with Greece came into effect on 1 July 2019, allowing more young people to explore, work and study in Australia. Young adults from Greece can apply for a subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa from this date.
- Applications must be lodged online via ImmiAccount. Information about the subclass 462 Work and Holiday visa, and how to apply, can be found at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-462/first-work-holiday-462
- All applications must include a Letter of Support from the Greek Government as well as evidence of meeting the English language, education, and financial requirements.
- The Visa Application Charge must be paid at the time of lodgement.
- The Australia-Greece Work and Holiday program has 500 places per program year (1 July to 30 June). Once 500 visas have been granted to Greek citizens, you will not be able to lodge an application until 1 July the following year.
- Important information, including updates on when programs are complete, is available on the Australian Embassy Berlin website at http://germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Visas_and_Migration.html.