Australian Consulate-General
Shanghai, China


New Visa Waiver Program for Australians – From 1 July 2024

  • China has included Australia in its visa waiver program from 1 July 2024. If you hold an ordinary Australian passport, you can enter China without a visa for no more than 15 days for the purposes of conducting business, tourism, visiting family and friends or transiting.
  • Holders of official and diplomatic passports will still need to apply for a visa before travelling to China.
  • You may be permitted to enter China if you're a foreign national holding a valid residence permit for work, personal matters or reunion.
  • Go to for more information about travelling to China.


Update regarding "Same Holder Letter" service

From 17 Novemeber 2023, the Australian Consulate will no longer issue a "Same Holder Letter", the service is replaced by the Australian
Consulate's issuance of a passport letter. To obtain this letter and stamp, please come in person between 0930 -1130 on a business day.

Passport Letter Sample


Appointments for passport and notarial services

Appointments are required for all passport and notarial services and must be booked via Appointments will only be kept for 15 minutes. If you are not able to arrive in time, please make new bookings.

Passport appointments are available Monday to Friday. Each passport applicant requires a separate appointment. Families will require separate appointments for each adult/child applicant.

Appointment times are normally booked-out up to 4 weeks in advance. Allow a minimum of 6 weeks to receive your new passport. Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Appointments are not required for passport collection or for emergency consular services. Passport can be collected between 0930 -1130 on a business day.

Notarial services appointments are available Tuesday to Thursday afternoons. 

Please book your appointment as early as possible.


Applying for an Australian Passport

General passport information.

Shanghai Consulate specific passport information – including proof of address requirements for applicants/parents.

Passport appointments are available Monday to Friday, please make your booking at

It will take more than six weeks from the day you successfully finalise your application until your passport is ready for collection. For more information, please click here.  


Notarial Services

You must bring identification containing both your signature and photograph (ie your passport) so we can verify your identity and signature on any documents you sign.

Bring clear instructions from your lawyer detailing exactly which pages must be witnessed by the Consulate.

General notarial services information (including witness of signature, affidavit, certified copies, CNI, authentication).

Shanghai Consulate specific notarial information.

Notarial appointments are available Tuesday to Thursday afternoons and should be booked more than two weeks in advance using The applicant needs to present in person to the Australian Consulate General Shanghai.

Alternative Shanghai notarial service providers can be found here.


Australian Visa and Citizenship Applications

Online Visa and Citizenship applications do not require certified copies.

Visa and Citizenship applications submitted in China and on paper can have copies of documents certified by Chinese citizens whose occupation is listed here.

Visa and Citizenship applications submitted outside Australia do not need statutory declarations to be witnessed at an Australian Embassy or Consulate. If your visa/citizenship application requires a witnessed declaration/form, please read the witnessing instructions on the declaration/form. The Department of Home Affairs (HA) can generally accept statements witnessed according to the legal practices of the country in which you make the statement.

All Australian Visa and Citizenship questions must be directed to the Department of Home Affairs. Online enquiries can be submitted here.

The Department of Home Affairs (HA) are trialling a Digital Assistant to answer your visa and citizenship questions. The Digital Assistant will make it easier and faster for you to find what you need on their website. You can access the Digital Assistant from the Digital Assistant tab on the bottom right hand side of the screen on most Immigration and Citizenship pages


Travel Advice for China

Visit the Australian Government's Smartraveller website for up-to-date travel advice for China.

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Consulate Public Holidays

Year 2024

Monday 1 January 2024 New Year's Day
Monday 12 February 2024 Chinese New Year Holiday
Tuesday 13 February2024 Chinese New Year Holiday
Wednesday 14 February2024 Chinese New Year Holiday
Friday 29 March 2024 Good Friday
Monday 1 April 2024 Easter Monday
Wednesday 1 May 2024 Labour Day
Monday 10 June 2024 Dragon Boat Festival
Tuesday 1 October 2024 Chinese National Day
Wednesday 2 October 2024 National Day Holiday (Golden Week)
Thursday 3 October 2024 National Day Holiday (Golden Week)
Wednesday 25 December 2024 Christmas Day
Thursday 26 December 2024 Boxing Day
Friday 27 December 2024 Additional Public Day


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