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 us on Twitter (@AusAmbUAE), Facebook (@AusEmbUAE) and Instagram (@AusEmbUAE).
Important changes to Smartraveller are coming
A new Smartraveller website will be launched in November. It will include a simpler system for getting travel advice updates and a new approach to registration.
Travellers have told us that what they want most from Smartraveller is timely travel advice. We’ve listened, and we’re working on a subscription service that will deliver the latest updates to your inbox and SMS critical alerts in a crisis.
As part of the update we no longer ask Australians to register their travel before departure.
From November, Smartraveller’s registration system will activate only when there’s a crisis overseas.
The service we provide to Australians in difficulty overseas is not changing.
You’re still welcome to register your travel with Smartraveller until November.
As always, we encourage Australians overseas to stay in touch with friends and family and let them know you’re safe.
If you need immediate assistance, you can call the Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas or 1300 555 135 from within Australia.
For more information on the changes, visit Smartraveller.gov.au/changes
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. For information on applying for a passport, visit the Australian Passport Office website.
For passport interview appointments, see Contact Us.
Once an application is lodged successfully your replacement passport will be available for collection within 3 weeks.
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 the Smartraveller website and subscribing to the travel advice to receive notifications of any updates.
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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 - 2019
In 2019, the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai will be closed for the following public holidays:
Tuesday 1 January - New Year’s Day
Sunday 27 January - Australia Day (in lieu)
Thursday 18 April - Good Friday (In lieu)
Sunday 21 April - Easter Sunday
Wednesday 5 June - Eid Al-Fitr
Thursday 6 June - Eid Al-Fitr
Tuesday 13 August - Eid Al Adha
Wednesday 14 August - Eid Al Adha
Thursday 15 August - Eid Al Adha
Sunday 1 September - Islamic New Year
Monday 2 December - UAE National Day
Wednesday 25 December - Christmas Day
Thursday 26 December - Boxing Day
Sunday 29 December - Additional Holiday (in lieu)
Public Holidays - 2020
Wednesday 1 January - New Year’s Day
Sunday 26 January - Australia Day (in lieu)
Thursday 9 April - Good Friday (In lieu)
Sunday 12 April - Easter Sunday
Sunday 24 May - Eid Al-Fitr
Monday 25 May - Eid Al-Fitr
Thursday 30 July - Eid Al Adha
Sunday 2 August - Eid Al Adha
Monday 3 August - Eid Al Adha
Thursday 20 August - Islamic New Year
Wedneday 2 December - UAE National Day
Thursday 24 December - Christmas Day (in lieu)
Sunday 27 December - Boxing Day(in lieu)
Monday 28 December - Additional Holiday (in lieu)