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Health Alert – U.S. Mission Australia (April 9, 2020)
April 9, 2020

Location: Australia

Event:  The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Australia are closed April 10-13 in observance of local holidays.  The next Alert will be released on Tuesday, April 14, unless local conditions warrant immediate messaging.

The Australian government has stressed that during the Easter period, places of worship must remain closed to the public. Services will be streamed and only clergy and those formally involved in services or streaming are permitted to attend.  Everyone should stay home unless you are: shopping for essentials, receiving medical care, exercising or travelling to work or education.

Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 17, 2020, the U.S Mission to Australia began limiting our consular operations.  Effective April 9, we are no longer able to offer routine passport and citizenship services.

In an emergency, our consulates can assist with an emergency passport for an adult or a minor, which can serve as proof of identity and citizenship.  For emergency passport services for U.S. citizens in Australia, please contact the consulate closest to your current location (see below for contact information).

If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service, you should expect significant delays receiving your passport and your citizenship evidence documents.  The consulate at which you applied will be in touch with you about the status of your passport or citizenship document, such as a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).  Starting April 9, passport and citizenship applications received by mail will be returned to the applicant. 

If you do not require a passport for emergency travel, you must wait until we resume normal operations to apply. 

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