Australian Embassy
United Arab Emirates

Welcome to the Australian Embassy, UAE


Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in the United Arab Emirates which contains a broad range of information on the services the Embassy provides. 

The information and links on this site are aimed at answering the most commonly asked questions about Australia. The site covers services for Australian citizens, as well as information on immigration, visas and citizenship.

The site also contains links to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Australian Government websites. These links are designed to assist those looking for information on Trade, Australian culture or Government services.

Australia and the UAE cooperate across a wide range of areas including trade, defence, security, aviation, education and health. You can find out more about the Australia-UAE relationship on the DFAT website.

We regularly review and update our website and would welcome feedback from visitors on how it can be improved. For regular updates on our work in the UAE, please follow me on Twitter @AusAmbUAE.

-  HE Arthur Spyrou, Australian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates

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Travel tips for your summer holiday

Are you an Australian resident in the UAE travelling overseas this summer?

Please ensure that your Australian passport has at least six months’ validity remaining, as this is an entry requirement for many foreign countries.  Remember that a child's passport is only valid for five years.  Passport applications can be lodged in Abu Dhabi and Dubai by appointment only.  Once an application is lodged successfully your replacement passport will be available for collection within 3 weeks.

For more information on passport requirements see the Australian Passport Office website.  For local fees and to make an appointment, see our Services for Australians page. 

When researching your holiday destination, please visit Smartraveller for the Australian Government’s latest travel advice.  We recommend registering your presence in the countries you visit on Smartraveller and subscribing to the travel advice to receive notifications of any updates.



Be informed and be prepared when you're travelling.  Visit the Smartraveller website and subscribe to travel advice updates to be the first to know government information when you are overseas.  We also encourage all Australians living in or travelling to the UAE to register their details on Smartraveller.  Your registration will help us contact you or your family in the event of an emergency. 

Public Holidays

In 2017, the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai will be closed for the following public holidays:


Sunday 1 January - New Year's Day

Thursday 26 January - Australia Day

Sunday 16 April - Easter Sunday

Monday 17 April - Easter Monday

Sunday 25 June* - Eid Al Fitr

Monday 26 June* - Eid Al Fitr

Tuesday 27 June* - Eid Al Fitr

Sunday 3 September* - Eid Al Adha (in lieu)

Monday 4 September* - Eid Al Adha (in lieu)

Thursday 21 September* - Islamic New Year

Thursday 30 November - Commemoration Day

Sunday 24 December - Christmas Eve

Monday 25 December - Christmas Day

Tuesday 26 December - Boxing Day


*Subject to change in line with sighting of the moon