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


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I send my warm greetings to Muslims in Australia and all around the world who are celebrating Eid ul-Adha and performing the Hajj this year.

Muslim Australians are among the millions of pilgrims undertaking the annual Hajj, which honours the sacrifice and devotion of Abraham and serves as a reminder of the shared Abrahamic roots of Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

During the Eid ul-Adha holiday, Muslims of all ages and backgrounds commemorate the prophethood of Abraham through acts of charity and praying for those in need.

Australia is the most successful and harmonious multicultural society in the world.The Australian Muslim community plays an important role in strengthening our diverse social fabric.

I send my best wishes to everyone celebrating Eid ul-Adha.

Eid Mubarak and Hajj Mabrour.

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Prime Minister of Australia
24 September 2015


Australian Government Response to the Syrian and Iraqi Humanitarian Crisis

On 9 September 2015, the Australian Government announced it will accept an additional 12,000 refugees who are fleeing the conflict in Syria and Iraq. The places will be primarily for refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

The Refugee and Humanitarian Visa program is for people who are subject to persecution or substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of human rights in their home country. This is a non-discriminatory program which provides support to those most in need, this includes women, children and families of persecuted minorities.

The Australian Government is committed to working closely with the UNCHR to deliver the 12,000 additional refugee places. If the UNHCR assesses that you are a refugee whose life and freedom depends on urgent resettlement, they may refer your case to the Australian Embassy.

If you have a family member who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen, they may sponsor you through the Special Humanitarian Program (SHP). The SHP Visa is for people who are not refugees as defined in the Refugees Convention. It is for people who are subject to substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of Human Rights and have close links to Australia. Applications for the SHP should be lodged in Australia.

Further information on Australia’s offshore humanitarian resettlement program can be found at the following link:


The Direct Aid Program for the fiscal year 2015 – 2016 is now closed, we are no longer accepting applications. We will be assessing applications received and advise applicants in due course.

The Direct Aid Program (DAP) of the Australian Embassy is a flexible, small grants program which focuses on relieving humanitarian hardship and advancing developmental objectives in Lebanon. For more information click here.

Ambassador Agréé’s welcome

Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Lebanon. The site provides a range of information on Australia, the work of the Embassy, and the Australia-Lebanon relationship. I hope you will find interesting and informative.

Australia’s strong relationship with Lebanon is underpinned by the extensive people-to-people links between our two countries. According to the 2011 census, there were over 76,000 Lebanese-born residents in Australia, and we currently have an estimated 400,000 Australians of Lebanese ancestry. At the same time, approximately 20,000-25,000 Australian passport holders normally reside in Lebanon; a figure which increases by several thousand during summer.

The website includes information and links aimed at answering most of the commonly-asked questions about Australia, including on visas and immigration; Australian culture; business opportunities; international activities and government services.

You will also find links to relevant Australian Government websites; details of recent Embassy activities; announcements regarding upcoming events; and information on the Embassy’s Direct Aid Program (DAP), which aims to help relieve humanitarian hardship across Lebanon.

I would like to take this opportunity to recommend to all Australian citizens and permanent residents in Lebanon that they register with the Australian Government through Smartraveller at Registering is simple and beneficial. It means we can find you in an emergency, and we can also relay important information to you about elections, new travel advisories and other developments.

The Travel Advice for Lebanon is updated regularly. If you are an Australian living in Lebanon or planning to travel here, I strongly recommend that you subscribe through Smartraveller to receive free automatic email notification each time the travel is updated.

Thank you for your interest in Australia, and the work of the Australian Embassy.

HE Mr Glenn Miles


Australian alumni network

The Embassy is keen to stay in touch with Australian alumni in Lebanon.

If you studied at an Australian university, please send your contact details to

To help us send you information on events that may be of interest to you, please include a brief outline of what you studied and where you are working now.


Resettlement of Iraqis and Syrians in Australia's Humanitarian Programme

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

The offshore component of Australia’s resettlement programme comprises of two categories of permanent visas. These are:

Refugee – for people who are subject to persecution in their home country, who are typically outside their home country, and are in need of resettlement. The majority of applicants who are considered under this category are identified and referred by the UNHCR to Australia for resettlement. The Refugee category includes the Refugee, In-country Special Humanitarian, Emergency Rescue and Woman at Risk visa subclasses.

Special Humanitarian Programme (SHP) – for people outside their home country who are subject to substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of human rights in their home country, and immediate family of persons who have been granted protection in Australia. Applications for entry under the SHP must be supported by a proposer who is an Australian citizen, or an organisation that is based in Australia.

The resettlement of Iraqis and Syrians who have fled their home country remains a priority within Australia’s offshore Humanitarian Programme. The Australian Government is responding to the current crises in Iraq and Syria by providing targeted places in this year’s Humanitarian Programme. Full Article


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.



Information for Australian Citizens




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