About the Australian Embassy in Lebanon
The Australian Embassy, Beirut, was opened in 1967. It was the third Australian Embassy to be opened in the Middle East. It was closed in 1984 because of the security situation in Beirut. During the next eleven years, Australian relations with Lebanon, including visa services, were handled by the Australian Embassy in Damascus, with the Ambassador in Damascus accredited to both Syria and Lebanon. In 1994, a temporary Australian Government Office, staffed by locally-engaged officials, was established in the Mayflower Hotel in West Beirut. The Embassy was formally re-opened on 18 July 1995, by the then Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Senator Gareth Evans QC, and the then Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, Senator Nick Bolkus. The Chancery was in the same building that was evacuated in 1984. It remained there until we moved to the Grand Serail Diplomatic Complex in June 2004.
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Head of Mission
The Embassy will be open to the public from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm Mondays to Thursdays and 8.30am to 1.30pm Fridays, except public holidays.
The Embassy will be closed on:
|Tuesday||1 January||New Years Day|
|Monday||25 March||Annunciation Day|
|Friday||19 April||Good Friday|
|Monday||22 April||Easter Monday|
|Wednesday||1 May||Labour Day|
|Wednesday||5 June||Eid El Fitr (Ramadan)*|
|Thursday||6 June||Eid El Fitr (Ramadan)*|
|Tuesday||13 August||Eid El Adha*|
|Wednesday||14 August||Eid El Adha*|
|Friday||22 November||Independence Day|
|Wednesday||25 December||Christmas Day|
|Thursday||26 December||Boxing Day|
|Friday||27 December||Additional DFAT holiday|
*Subject to confirmation by Lebanese authorities.