Services for Australians Overseas
Federal Election 2019
The 2019 Australian federal election will be held on Saturday 18 May 2019. If you are an eligible Australian citizen living overseas you can still participate but you need to be enrolled.
To enrol, check or update your enrolment details visit www.aec.gov.au. The deadline for enrolling or updating your details for the federal election is 8pm, Thursday 18 April (Australian time in the electorate you’re enrolled).
Early Voting at the Australian Embassy in Vientiane will begin on Monday 13 May 2019
Monday 13 to Friday 17 May 2019
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
What we can and cannot do
Assisting Australians overseas within limits
Travel information for Australians
Get the latest travel advisories and other traveller hints from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Check local information on topics such as entry to Laos, banking, marriage in Laos, and medical facilities.
How to lodge your passport application
From 01 July 2015, all Australian citizens must lodge their passport application in person. We are not able to accept applications by mail or courier. This helps us to protect you, by protecting the security and integrity of your Australian passport. Please contact us on 021-353800 for further advice or to make an appointment to lodge your application.
Please note that child applications should be lodged in person by a parent or person with parental responsibility for the child. The parent or person lodging the application is not required to be an Australian citizen, but will need to bring photographic proof of their own identity to the appointment. Renewal passport application form can be downloaded at www.passports.gov.au
Once all requirements are met an ordinary passport will take about 3 weeks to process
Payments - Credit card facilities are not available at the embassy. We accept cash payments in LAK or USD only.
On-line registration for Australians overseas
We encourage use of this online registration service by Australians planning to reside overseas for extended periods, and those travelling to locations where there are security risks.
Visas to Laos
Australians may obtain a tourist visa to Laos on arrival at all international airports and friendship bridges, and most land border crossings. For further information on visas to Laos please contact your nearest Lao Embassy. The Lao government maintains an embassy in Canberra, Australia. Lao Immigration require passports to have at least 6 month\'s validity and at least one blank page to affix the visa label/stamp.
Living in Country
- Taxation issues
- International driving permits
- Birth, marriage and death certificates
- Police clearances
- Marriage overseas
- Authentications and apostilles
A gateway to information about Australian benefits, payments and services
Returning to Australia
Handy information for Australians or residents returning from a holiday or moving back to Australia.