News

  • Discontinuation of frequent traveller passport

    We’re discontinuing the 66-page frequent traveller passport.  Demand has fallen sharply, as more countries issue electronic visas and stop using border stamps. 

    Existing 66-page passports will remain valid until they expire.  But you won’t be able to apply for a new one after 30 November 2017. 

    You’ll have to get a standard 34-page passport instead.  You can pay the full fee and get 10 years’ validity.  Or if your passport has filled up but won’t expire for more than two years, you can pay less for a 34-page ‘replacement passport’ that covers the remaining validity of your old passport.

    Until 31 December 2017, the fee for a 34-page passport with 10 years’ validity is $277.  The fee for a 34-page replacement passport (with the same expiry date as your old passport) is $175.

    If you are overseas, you can apply for a replacement passport at your nearest Australian diplomatic mission from 1 December 2017.  If you are in Australia and require a replacement passport, you will be able to use our online application.

    17 November 2017
  • Travelling overseas during the summer holidays?

    Check the expiry date on your passport – remember many countries refuse entry if you have less than six months validity from the date you depart that country.  If you need a new passport before Christmas/New Year apply as soon as possible.  Allow at least three weeks to receive your new passport.  If you need a passport in a hurry ask about the priority service.

    06 November 2017
  • Appointment system for legalising documents in Australia

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade legalises signatures or seals that appear on Australian public documents (apostilles and authentications) and issues Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage (including witnessing the signature on the form).  Services in Australia are by appointment only.  You can make an appointment by calling 1300 935 260. Legalisation requests can also be lodged by mail.  For more information see smartraveller.gov.au

    05 June 2017
  • Passport scams

    Australians should be aware of passport scams that request people to scan and email their passport details, or to apply for a new passport at no cost because of a security breach. These scams are attempts by scammers to trick you into giving out personal information and in some cases money. The department will never ask you to email a photo or a scan of your passport to renew your passport or request money by email. If you receive a passport scam email or something that you suspect may be a passport scam email:

    For more information about scams, see Scamwatch.

    13 December 2016