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.

The Embassy’s email address is:

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



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

The Australian Embassy invites citizens of Australia and New Zealand, as well as other members of the public, to join us at this important ceremony to remember all those who have died in war.

For more information or to register to attend, please contact the Australian Embassy via email ( or telephone
(+961 1 960 620).

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 Pledges $ 12 Million to Help the Syrian people

Media release from the Minister for Forgein Affairs

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced Australia will contribute an additional $10 million in humanitarian aid to help people affected by the conflict in Syria and $2 million to support efforts to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. Full article


Lebanese illegal arrivals return to Beirut from Manus Island

Media release from the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Two Lebanese nationals who came to Australia illegally by boat arrived in Beirut on 24 December after opting to return home voluntarily from Manus Island. Full article

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


Australian assistance for Syria reaches $100 million

Australia announced in July a further $21.5 million in humanitarian assistance for people affected by the deteriorating situation in Syria. This brings Australia’s total humanitarian assistance in response to the crisis in Syria to $100 million since June 2011. Australia remains one of the top ten donors to those in need in Syria and regional countries hosting Syrian refugees. Full article


Book Launch at LAU, November 2013


Ambassador Bartlem with Dr Paul Taber, Director of the Institute for Migration Studies, Lebanese American University, at the launch of Dr Taber's Arabic-language book   entitled Arabic Communities in Australia.

Remembrance Day, November 2013


Australia’s Ambassador to Lebanon, Lex Bartlem, signing the Book of Remembrance at the British Remembrance Day Service at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery at Qasqas, 9 November 2013.

Bombardier Nicholas Khoury, born in Australia to Lebanese parents, was the first Australian soldier to be injured in Lebanon in WW2. Nicholas died 80 miles from where his father was born.

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. 


Book Launch, November 2013

Ambassador Bartlem attended the book launch of Lebanon on Rail, by Eddy Choueri, at the Salon du Livre in Biel, on 10 November.





Information for Australian Citizens




small text  default text  larger text