Australian Embassy

Visas and migration

COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Travel Restrictions

From 9pm on 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. Up to date information on Australia's response to COVID-19 and current travel restrictions, as well as exemptions, is available at


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Embassy Berlin currently has limited capacity to assist with questions relating to immigration and citizenship.

The best way to find out information about immigration and citizenship is by visiting the Department of Home Affairs website at 

If you can’t find the information you are looking for, you can contact the Department of Home Affairs Global Service Centre on +61 2 6196 0196 or via The Global Service Centre is available Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm (GMT +1, German time).  


Key Topics                                     

Australian Citizenship

Explore Visa Options

Visa processing times

Providing Biometrics

Update personal details

Changing visas

Health requirements

Importing goods and medication

Known issues with German passports

Frequently Asked Questions

Work and Holiday - Status of Country Cap















Beware of visa scams

To avoid being scammed, you can check the Register of Migraiton Agents on the OMARA website at, to receive the protections of an OMARA registered Migration Agent.

There are Australian registered Migration Agents working around the world in countries such as India, the United Kingdom, China and New Zealand, just to name a few . These agents are subject to the same Code of Conduct, professional development and regulations as Registered Migration Agents based in Australia. More information about Australia's efforts to ensure the integrity of the migration advice profession is available at


Locations for providing biometrics

There is no biometrics collection centre in Germany. If you are in Europe and have received a requirement to provide biometrics, the nearest biometrics collection centre may be in France or Greece. Further information is available at and


Australia - Switzerland trainee program

For information on the Memorandum of Understanding on trainees between Australia and Switzerland, see


Applying for a partner visa

Information about applying for a partner visa is available at For answers to some Frequently Asked questions, see


Applying for a student visa

Information about applying for a student visa is available at For further information, see

What's New?


21 November 2019: Please help the Australian Government improve its new Digital Assistant online chat for Visa and citizenship enquiries

We are currently trialling a new Digital Assistant online chat that will make it easier and faster to find answers to Australian visa and citizenship questions.

The Digital Assistant trial will be available on the Australian Government’s Immigration and Citizenship website pages for approximately three months. You can open the Australian Visa and Citizenship Digital Assistant by clicking on the ‘Digital Assistant’ orange tab located at the bottom right hand side of the screen on our Immigration and Citizenship webpages. We are asking for your help to improve the Digital Assistant by using it as much as possible throughout the trial for your Australian visa and citizenship questions, and sending any feedback you have on the Digital Assistant. Feedback can be provided by clicking on the blue feedback tab at the bottom of the screen.