Australian Embassy
Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan, Central African Republic, African Union, IGAD, UNECA

Passport, consular and notarial services

Looking to renew or apply for your Australian passport overseas?

The Australian Embassy continues to offer passport services during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please follow the steps below to renew or apply for your Australian passport while overseas. All applications must be lodged in person. 

Step 1. Fill out your application form online at the global website: 

Step 2. Print your form and sign it. Make sure all sections are signed before your interview. 

Step 3. Obtain two passport photos. Carefully check the photo specifications as poor photos are the most common reason an application cannot be accepted. Write your full name on the back of one photo. Photo guidelines are available here:

Step 4. Using the online appointment system - - book an appointment. Due to reduced staffing during COVID-19, appointments will only be available on Monday morning or Tuesday morning. After you have booked an appointment, you will be provided with payment information. Payment should be made by local bank deposit in Ethiopian Birr. 

Step 5. At least 24 hours before your appointment, please provide your completed forms and all required documents to the Embassy Guardhouse between the hours of 8am-4pm Monday to Friday. 

Step 6. Attend your appointment. Bring your receipt showing you have lodged payment with the bank as instructed. Please read carefully the instructions below on visiting the Embassy during COVID-19. You must have an appointment to visit the Embassy and you will be required to wear a mask during your visit.

Step 7. Allow up to 3 weeks to receive your new passport. You will be called or emailed when it arrives and you are required to collect your passport from the Embassy.  If you are unable to collect your passport in person please contact us and we will provide information on how to nominate someone else.

Appointments at the Australian Embassy

To make a passport, consular or notarial appointment at the Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa, please schedule your appointment online before visiting the Embassy.

Applicants with extraordinary circumstances requiring urgent service should first check the calendar for available appointments and, if none are available, email [email protected] for assistance.

Visiting the Embassy During COVID-19

  • You must have an appointment to visit our offices.
  • If you have a fever, cough or any COVID-19 symptoms, please reschedule your appointment.  Please do not attend our offices if you are ill or if you have had recent exposure to someone who is ill.
  • Please do not bring friends or family members to your appointment.  If you are applying for a child passport, both parents are welcome to attend. 
  • Please arrive as close to your appointment time as possible.  
  • You must bring and wear a mask.  We will ask you to remove your mask briefly to confirm your identity.
  • You may be asked to wash and/or sanitise your hands when entering the Embassy.

Notarial services

Notarial services available at the Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa include:

  • authentications
  • apostilles
  • certifying copies of original documents
  • witnessing of signatures on certain documents
  • the taking of statutory declarations
  • the administering of affidavits, oaths and affirmations
  • certificates of No Impediment to Marriage.

It is the responsibility of the consular client to know which service is required, and to present supporting documents if required. 

You can find more information about notarial services and document legalisation overseas here.

Consular assistance

Consular officers provide a wide range of services for Australian citizens overseas. These include: issuing passports; assisting citizens in trouble; providing lists of local hospitals and lawyers; witnessing signatures and other notarial services; and providing the latest consular travel advice. For a full list of what we can and cannot do for you please have a look at the Consular Services Charter page.

Consular officers are not able to advise on host government processes. Australians should approach Ethiopian or other regional government offices directly, or via their Embassy in Australia.

All consular services for Australian citizens in Djibouti, South Sudan and the Central African Republic are delivered by the Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.