Australia is represented in the United Kingdom and Ireland by two offices: the High Commission in London and the Australian Embassy in Dublin. The Australian High Commission and embassy provide consular support to Australians in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The embassy in Ireland does not provide visa services, only the High Commission in London does. However, British and Irish citizens can easily apply for their Australia visa online.
Tasks of the High Commission in London
The High Commission in London is the main contact point for Australians in the United Kingdom. It also maintains relations between the British and Australian governments and represents Australia in various political and economical ways in the United Kingdom. The main tasks of the Australian High Commission consist of:
Consular assistance for Australians in the UK
The High Commission handles consular affairs for Australians in the UK. They can contact the office for the issuing of (emergency) passports, extracts, legalisation of documents or signatures and the making of certified copies.
Bilateral cooperation between the Australian and British governments
The High Commission looks after Australiaʼs interests in the United Kingdom and also contributes to the maintenance of relations between the Australian and British governments. The countries work together in areas such as human rights, climate change and counterterrorism.
Economic ties and agreements
The High Commission aims to strengthen economic ties between the United Kingdom and Australia. The United Kingdom is the second-largest foreign investor in Australia. In addition, the two countries have a number of key agreements in place in areas such as foreign policy, security and defence. These include the Mutual Recognition Agreements, Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and the International Tax Agreement.
Ireland embassy does not process visa applications
Irish travellers to Australia should keep in mind that the embassy in Dublin does not offer visa services. For visa-related matters, Irish citizens can contact the High Commission in London. As such, if you are planning a trip to Australia from Ireland, there is little reason to visit the embassy in Dublin. However, applications for an e-visa Australia (eVisitor) are not processed at the embassy, but are submitted online. E-visa for Australia are approved in 5 days on average and sent by e-mail. Travellers need to print the visa and take it with them on their trip. Once the application is approved and travellers have received the visa, no further visa-related actions are required.
The visa that can be applied for on this website (eVisitor Australia) is subject to certain requirements. Travellers who do not meet the requirements of the e-visa, for example because they want to stay in the country for more than 3 months consecutively or because they want to work for a company in Australia, should apply for a different type of visa. These can generally be applied for through the High Commission in London. Travellers who are not eligible for an e-visa can also contact the Global Service Centre (the help desk of the Australian immigration service).
Contact the High Commission
Travellers who do not meet the requirements for the Australia e-visa and who need a visa that cannot be applied for online can contact the High Commission in London.
|The High Commission in London|
|Address||Strand, London WC2B 4LA, United Kingdom|
|Phone||(+44) 20 7379 4334|
|Fax||(+44) 20 7240 5333|
Address of the High Commission in the UK
|The Australian Embassy in Ireland|
|Address||47 - 49 St Stephenʼs Green, Dublin 2, D02 W634, Ireland|
|Phone||+353 1 664 5300|
|Fax||+353 1 678 5185|
Address of the Australian embassy in Ireland