Australian Embassy
Embassy address: Embassy Complex, Serail Hill, Downtown Beirut, telephone: +961-1-960600, fax: +961-1-960601. Consular and Passport fax: +961-1-960602. Visa Section telephone: +961-1-960670, fax: +961-1-960671


Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Beirut. This website provides you with information about Australia and Lebanon, and the services the Embassy is able to offer. Please feel free to contact us if you require further information or assistance.

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We regularly review and update our website to ensure its currency and usefulness. We would welcome any feedback on how it can be improved.

Lex Bartlem
Australian Ambassador


Foreign Minister's Visit to Jordan and Lebanon

The Hon Julie Bishop MP

In my first visit to Jordan and Lebanon as Foreign Minister I have highlighted Australia’s strong and continuing support for Jordan and Lebanon as they address the challenges caused by Syria’s tragic and continuing humanitarian crisis.

In Lebanon, where over one million registered Syrian refugees make up one fifth of the country’s total population, I met with UNHCR and UNICEF to discuss Australian support for those affected by the Syrian crisis.

During the visit I announced $20 million in funding from the Australian Government to be provided to the United Nations’ ‘No Lost Generation’ initiative to help build better futures for these children by improving their education and addressing the violence and displacement they have faced. Full Article


HE the Hon Julie Bishop MP with UNICEF and UNHCR representatives

HE the Hon Julie Bishop MP with HE President of the Republic, General Michel Sleiman



On Friday 25 April 2014, the Australian Embassy in Lebanon hosted a dawn service in Beirut to commemorate ANZAC Day.

The Australian Embassy was joined by citizens of Australia and New Zealand, as well foreign dignitaries and military personnel , at this important ceremony to remember all those who have died in war. ANZAC Day marks the landing of Australian, New Zealand, British and Allied troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in 1915. In the decades since, it has become the principal occasion for the remembrance of Australian and New Zealand service personnel who have lost their lives in military and peacekeeping operations around the world. Please click on the link to read the Anzac Day Commemorative Speech 2014.


HE Australian Ambassador Lex Bartlem laying a wreath HE Australian Ambassador Lex Bartlem and Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Wafic Rehaimi, at the cemetery


Australian Visa Application Centre has changed locations

The Australian Visa Application Centre has changed locations. See “How to Lodge an Application” on the following link.


Australia tougher than ever on illegal boat arrivals

Media release from the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, today said anti-people smuggling measures the Australian Government had introduced, including a ban on permanent protection visas for people who arrived before July 19 this year, demonstrated the strength of the Government’s resolve. Full article 


Australian Ambassador to Lebanon, Lex Bartlem, and Australian Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues, Craig Chittick, discussed ways to combat people smuggling with His Eminence Sheikh Malek Al Shaar, Mufti of Tripoli and the North, on 28 November 2013.

To read the National News Agency's interview with Ambassador Chittick about people smuggling from Lebanon, click here

To read the National News Agency's article about the Australian Envoy's meeting with His Eminence Sheikh Malek Al Shaar, Mufti of Tripoli and the North, click here.


Operation Sovereign Borders

A new Australian Government was elected on 7 September 2013, with Tony Abbott appointed Prime Minister. The new Government has introduced a tough new policy for managing unauthorised maritime arrivals by boat to Australia called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB). Full article


Zahle, September 2013

On 26 September 2013, in Zahle, the Australian Embassy hosted 70 Years On: Australia in the Liberation of Lebanon, a photographic exhibition that commemorated the contribution made by Australian troops in paving the way for Lebanese independence in 1943. 




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