Australian Embassy

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and appointments at the Embassy

The health and safety of Australian overseas is our highest priority. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not taking public appointments at this time. Our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need, if you require urgent assistance, please contact us during office hours by phone on +961 1 960600. If you need to seek consular assistance afterhours, you can call the same number and be transferred to our Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra. You can also email us at [email protected] and we will respond to your email during office hours.

Visit Smartraveller for the Australian Government's travel advice for Lebanon and Syria and subscribe for updates. Monitor the media for latest information and follow the advice of local authorities.

**Important – travel advice for foreign nationals seeking to visit Australia**

In response to COVID-19, also known as ‘Coronavirus’, the Australian Government has announced a number of border control measures including travel restrictions for foreign nationals who have visited certain countries.  These measures are reviewed and updated regularly.  For the latest information please click see:



Visa processing has continued at a reduced rate throughout recent weeks. Unless advised, client applications have not been transferred and are continuing to be processed in Beirut.


H.E. Ms Rebekah Grindlay

Ms Grindlay is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Director, Iraq and Syria Taskforce. She has previously served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission, Australian High Commission, Islamabad and Second Secretary, Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York. She also worked for the United States Congress as Energy and Security Adviser.

In Canberra she has served as Acting Assistant Secretary, Middle East Branch, DFAT; Head, International Energy Taskforce, DFAT; Director, Resources and Energy Section, DFAT; and Director, United Nations Security Council Taskforce, DFAT.

Ms Grindlay holds a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Sydney University.

On 10 October 2018 the Foreign Minister of Australia announced the appointment of the new Australian Ambassador to Lebanon.


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Immigration Section no longer receiving phone calls

The Australian Embassy in Beirut no longer takes telephone enquiries on immigration and visa issues. Your call will not be forwarded to an immigration officer and you will not receive any immigration advice over the phone. Information about visas, citizenship and migration matters is available from the website or on Visa, immigration and citizenship on this site. For general pre-lodgement enquiries, you can also call our visa application centre +20 233 313 301 (International call rates apply).

You can only contact the visa section via the online web form.  The web form page should answer most questions you have. If you still have questions or enquiries, please select from the available options.


Delays in passport appointments

The Australian Embassy is experiencing a high volume of passport application requests. 

Due to this large number of requests, appointments to lodge an application may only be available in 2-3 weeks.  see passport services page


Remember to be informed and be prepared when you travel:

Read the Australian Government's travel advice for Lebanon on Smartraveller:


This site provides useful information and links to:

Visa, immigration and citizenship

Passport Services

Consular services

Notarial services