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.
Mr Graeme Meehan
Mr Meehan is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Head of Post, Consulate-General, Shanghai. He has previously served overseas as Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy, Beijing; Deputy Head of Post, Australian Representative Office, Taipei; and Counsellor, Australian Embassy, Beijing.
In Canberra Mr Meehan has served as Assistant Secretary, East Asia Branch; Deputy Head, China Free Trade Agreement Taskforce; and Director, Asia Section, International Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Mr Meehan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. He speaks Russian and Chinese.
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COVID-19-RELATED BORDER RESTRICTIONS LIFTED
The Australian Government is removing COVID-19-related border restrictions.
From 12.01 am AEST 6 July 2022, you'll no longer need to:
- fill out a Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration when entering Australia
- declare or prove your vaccination status
- seek exemptions to enter Australia.
Remember that destinations, airlines and cruise ships may have their own COVID-19 vaccination, testing and masking requirements you must meet.
You'll still need to comply with requirements of the state and territory you arrive in. Read more about current state and territory travel restrictions here.
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We have now introduced limited passport and notarial appointments. We also continue to provide some services remotely.
To book an appointment or for more information on remote services, please email us at [email protected] describing your circumstances. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need.
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COVID-19 TEMPORARY PASSPORT ARRANGEMENTS
From 23 February 2022, customers who have been issued with a 10-year Australian passport since 2005 or who are applying for a child passport will be able to upload their application via the Australian Passport Office website.
More information is available on our Passport Services page.
PASSPORT PROCESSING AND DELIVERY TIMES
The Australian Passport Office in Canberra is currently seeing strong demand for passports. For this reason, it is advising its customers to apply for or renew their passport well ahead of their planned travel dates. You should allow eight to ten weeks from lodgement/ passport appointment to get a new passport.
Child passport applications also have extra security checks and can often take longer to process.
Applications that don’t have all the necessary documents and information or haven’t met all requirements will also take longer.
You should not book travel until you have a valid passport (your passport number will change when you renew it).
Passport delivery to Russia and CIS countries is currently delayed, due to disrupted logistics.
If you need to travel urgently, we can issue an Emergency Passport (up to 7 months validity) usually within 2-3 working days, depending on our workload. If you would like to apply for an Emergency Passport, please email us at [email protected] for more information.
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