Australian Embassy
United Arab Emirates

Passports

Applying for or renewing an Australian passport

Information about Australian passports, including how to apply for a passport, supporting documents and photograph requirements, is available on the Australian Passport Office website

We encourage Australians living overseas to regularly check their passport and maintain at least 6 months validity to avoid disappointment and delays when travelling. Some countries will not let you enter unless your passport is valid for six months.

If your passport is due for renewal or you would like to apply for a new passport, please:

Some applicants may be eligible to courier, deliver or post their application to the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi or the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai. Check your eligibility here.

Note that applicants aged 16 and over are generally required to present in person at their passport interview to lodge their application. For applicants 15 and below, a parent or person with parental responsibility for the child must lodge the application. 

quick guide to applying for a passport whilst overseas is also available. Priority processing is not available for applications submitted overseas. Allow at least 6 weeks to receive your passport.

Passport photos

This is what we require:

  • Two identical, good quality colour prints, less than six months old, produced using dye sublimation, not from an inkjet printer
  • No retouching of any kind (including removal of background, moles, wrinkles or scars)
  • Clear, focused image with no marks or 'red eye'
  • Plain white or light grey background that contrasts with your face
  • Uniform lighting (no shadows or reflections), with appropriate brightness and contrast to show natural skin tone
  • Face centred and looking at the camera straight on; not tilted in any direction
  • Hair off your face, so that the edges of your face are visible
  • Eyes open, mouth closed
  • Neutral expression (not smiling, laughing or frowning)

Photos have to be 35mm to 40mm wide and 45mm to 50mm high. The size of the face from chin to crown can be up to a maximum of 36mm, with a minimum of 32mm.

While the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi does not recommend or endorse any particular photo outlets or providers, Seven Stars Photo Studio in Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi have been advised by passport officers of the photo requirements for Australian Passports. We recommend you contact the studio prior to your visit to confirm their opening hours on the day, phone 026217408 or 056 586 9281.

Emergency passports

Emergency passports are not accepted for entry to the UAE.

If you're a UAE resident and lose your Australian passport while overseas, contact your nearest UAE embassy. They can give advice on re-entering. Do this before applying for an emergency passport.

Adult applicants

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to either complete and lodge a full application or a renewal application. Some applicants may be eligible to courier, deliver or post their application to the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi or the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai. Check your eligibility here.

Child applicants

All children (17 and under) are required to lodge a full application. Please visit How to get a child passport | Australian Passport Office (passports.gov.au).

Proof of Australian Citizenship must be presented if your child was born overseas.

Some applicants may be eligible to courier, deliver or post their application to the Australian Embassy in Abu Dhabi or the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai. Check your eligibility here.

Useful links

Guarantor guidelines

Photo guidelines

Apply for Australian Citizenship

Applying for a replacement Birth Certificate

UAE General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs 

Feedback

We welcome your feedback on our passport services.

Enquiries and Feedback | Australian Passport Office (passports.gov.au)

Fees at 1 January 2023

Application fees are payable by MasterCard, Visa or debit card in UAE Dirhams at the nominated exchange rate (subject to variations). Cash, personal cheques or payments in any other currency will not be accepted.

Fees are inclusive of an overseas surcharge and are subject to change.

Australian passports

Type

Validity

Fee (in AED)

Fee (in AUD)

Adult (aged 18 and over)

10 years

1148

471

Child (aged 16-17)

10 years

965

396

Child (aged 0-15)

5 years

573

235

Senior (75 and over)

5 years

756

310

Replacement passport

For applicants who have a full passport, but more than 2 years' validity remaining

Expiry date of current passport

497

204

Emergency passport overseas

Limited

497

204

 

Other travel documents

Type

Fee (in AED)

Fee (in AUD)

Certificate of Identity

497

204

Document of Identity

207

85

Convention travel document (titre de voyage)

497

204

Observation made after passport issue

39

16