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Services for Australians Overseas
What we can and cannot do
Assisting Australians overseas within limits - a link to the 'Smartraveller' Internet site.
Travel information for Australians
Get the latest travel advisories and other traveller hints from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Apply for a passport online. Please contact the Australian High Commission by calling +357 2275 3001 if you have any further questions regarding obtaining or renewing an Australian passport.
On-line registration for Australians overseas
We encourage use of this online registration service by Australians planning to reside overseas for extended periods, including Australian-Cypriot dual nationals visiting or returning to Cyprus, as well as those citizens travelling to locations where there are security risks. The information you provide is held in the strictest confidence, and is primarily used in the event of an emergency.
Living in country
Purchasing property in northern Cyprus
Purchasers of property in northern Cyprus may face legal proceedings in the courts of the Republic of Cyprus due to claims by Greek Cypriots that much of the land and buildings belonged to them before the Turkish invasion of 1974. Under laws which came into effect in 2006, the Republic of Cyprus made it a crime to buy, sell, or rent property in Cyprus without the consent of its owner. An international court case determined in January 2010 made it possible for Greek Cypriot owners of property in northern Cyprus to enforce judgements against purchases within the European Union (EU). Australians contemplating the purchase of property should therefore ensure that they obtain independent legal advice before signing any kind of contract.
Australians crossing from the north to the south may have their baggage searched at checkpoints by Republic of Cyprus authorities searching for, amongst other things, documents relating to property purchases in the north which it deems illegal. If found, the originals of such documents may be seized and used as evidence in legal proceedings against the bearer or others involved in the transaction. There are also strict limits on the value of goods purchased in the north which may be brought back to the south.
The Australian Federal Election will be held on Saturday 14 September 2013.
Early (in-person) voting will be offered at the Australian High Commission from Monday 2 September 2013. Election arrangements including voting times will be published on this page closer to the election.
In the meantime, additional information relating to being overseas at the time of the election can be obtained from the Australian Electoral Commission's web site, www.aec.gov.au.
Please contact the Australian High Commission on the telephone number at the top of this page should you require any additional information or assistance.
A gateway to information about Australian Government services, payments and benefits.
Centrelink International Services
Provides information about Centrelink International Services, the area of Centrelink responsible for delivery of social welfare payments to customers who are outside of Australia for 13 weeks or more.
Returning to Australia
Handy information for Australians or residents returning from a holiday or moving back to Australia.