Australian Embassy
Russian Federation
Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Ambassador of Australia to the Russian Federation

with non-resident accreditation to the Republics of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Turkmenistan.

HOM John Geering pictureHis Excellency Mr John Geering

John Geering began his appointment as the Australian Ambassador to Russia in November 2023.

Mr Geering is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently First Assistant Secretary in the Executive Division. He was previously First Assistant Secretary in the Europe and Latin America Division.

Prior to joining DFAT, Mr Geering held a number of senior positions with the Department of Defence and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Mr Geering holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies and International Relations from the Australian National University.


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Voting in the 2023 Referendum

On 14 October 2023, Australians will be asked to vote in a referendum to alter the Constitution. In-person voting arrangements are not available in Moscow.

If you are overseas and are unable to vote in-person, you can apply for a postal vote. Postal vote packs will be sent to you from Australia by courier, so you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The latest date to request a postal vote is 6pm, Wednesday 11 October 2023 local time.

It is not compulsory to vote if you are not in Australia at the time of the referendum. If you will be overseas at the time and unable to vote, you can advise the AEC by completing and returning the Overseas Notification Form.

Additional information on the referendum and voting is available from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website.

Latitude Financial Services data breach

13 April 2023

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is aware of a cyber incident impacting Latitude Financial Services.  

Copies of approximately 103,000 identity documents have been stolen from Latitude Financial. This includes a small number of passports.   

Latitude Financial Services is contacting impacted customers directly and continues to investigate the matter to determine the full extent of the cyber-attack.  

Foreign passports were also compromised through this cyberattack. If Latitude Financial Services have advised you that your foreign passport information was compromised, you should contact the government that issued the passport for advice on what to do.

Impacted passports are still safe to use for international travel. Your passport number cannot be used to obtain a new passport. Robust controls are used to protect passports from identity takeover, including sophisticated facial recognition technology. Further information on how your passport may be impacted can be found on the APO website(link is external).  

Advice on safeguarding your personal information can be found on the APO’s webpage on protecting against scams and identity theft(link is external).   

Customers can also seek help from IDCare(link is external), a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in providing advice and support to the Australian community in responding to identity theft.  

Advice on how to protect yourself and your family from cyber security incidents is available on the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) webpage at: is external) 



Medibank Private/ahm and other recent data breaches – advice for foreign passport holders

22 November 2022

Medibank Private/ahm have advised the Australian Passport Office (APO) that no Australian Travel Document information was compromised in this breach.

Foreign passports for international students were compromised through this cyberattack. Medibank Private/ahm are contacting impacted customers directly.

If Medibank Private/ahm have advised you that your foreign passport information was compromised, you should contact the government that issued the passport for advice on what to do. This is also the case for all data breaches that impact foreign passport holders, including the recent breaches at Optus and Medlab.

More information:

Medibank/ahm impacted customers:

Optus impacted customers:

  • Contact Optus customer service directly on 133 937 (within Australia), or +612 8082 5678 (International), or go to their Passport Information(link is external) webpage.
  • Go to our Frequently Asked Questions on the Optus data breach and passport information
  • See the Australian Cyber Security Centre's Optus data breach(link is external) alert.

Medlab impacted customers:

Contact Medlab customer service directly on +61 1800 433 980, or go to their data breach web page(link is external).


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - 2022)

The Australian Embassy in Moscow would like to express our sadness at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and extend our sincere condolences to members of the Royal Family.

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Consular Support and Travel Advice

Do not travel to Russia and Belarus due to the security environment and military conflict with Ukraine. If you’re in Russia or Belarus, leave immediately using the limited commercial options available or private means, if it’s safe to do so. Flight availability could change or be disrupted at short notice. The security situation could deteriorate further with little warning. Remain vigilant and avoid any protests or demonstrations. Our ability to provide consular assistance may be limited. For more information, read the travel advice for Russia and Belarus.

More information is available on our Consular Assistance page.

Invasion of Ukraine by Russia

Australia joins our partners in condemning Russia's unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.

The invasion is a breach of international law, including the UN Charter, and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Australia stands in staunch support of Ukrainians together with the international community, including by imposing coordinated sanctions and measures to inflict a cost to those who bear responsibility, and providing humanitarian assistance to support those in greatest need.

Media releases and statements as well as information on sanctions and Australia’s humanitarian assistance can be found here. 

Consular and Passport Updates


If you require urgent consular assistance during business hours (9am - 5pm Monday to Friday), please contact us  on +7 495 956 6070. Contact details of our Honorary Consulates in St Petersburg and Almaty are also available here. Outside business hours, please contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 62613305. Please subscribe for updates and monitor our official travel advice on Smartraveller website.



The Australian Embassy in Moscow can assist Australian citizens with applying for their first Australian passport, renew an expired passport or replace a passport that was lost or stolen.                                                                                                                                                          

There are several lodgment options available to eligible applicants located in Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan or Uzbekistan:

  • Digital upload function on the Australian Passport Office website
  • Mail-in - for passport renewals only
  • In person - by appointment only

Applicants should allow a minimum of six weeks to receive a new passport once payment has been taken.

More information on ldogement options is available on our Passport Services page.



Explore this page for information about notarial services available through the Australian Embassy in Moscow.

To request a notarial service, please email us at [email protected] attaching the scans/photos of the relevant forms and documents for us review.

Please note that Australian Honorary Consuls  delivering consular assistance in St Petersburg and Almaty (Kazakhstan)  are NOT permitted to provide notarial services.


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