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The Christmas and New Year holiday period is fast approaching!
IF YOU NEED YOUR NEW PASSPORT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU LODGE YOUR APPLICATION BY 26 NOVEMBER 2014.
You should normally allow up to three weeks to receive a new passport. Passport office and agency closures over the Christmas and New Year period mean that passport applications lodged after 26 November 2014 will take longer than usual to be processed.
If you cannot wait for three weeks to receive a new passport, you should consider using the Priority Processing Service. This guarantees that an eligible applicant’s new passport will be ready for despatch or collection within two working days of the Passport Office receiving all the information needed. The Priority Processing Service entails an additional fee.
Children’s passport applications without full consent can take longer than three weeks to process, and may not be eligible for the Priority Processing Service.
Some countries require your passport to be valid for a minimum period, for example six months, before they will grant entry. You need to enquire if this is the case for any country you plan to visit or transit.
If you have a query, please telephone the Australian Consulate-General on +41 (0)22 799 91 00, or email us at Australian.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Australian Consulate-General in Geneva will be closed for the following times over the Christmas and New Year period
|Christmas and New Year Closures|
|Wednesday, 24 December 2014||OPEN|
|Thursday, 25 December 2014||CLOSED|
|Friday, 26 December 2014||CLOSED|
|Saturday, 27 December 2014||CLOSED|
|Sunday, 28 December 2014||CLOSED|
|Monday, 29 December 2014||CLOSED|
|Tuesday, 30 December 2014||CLOSED|
|Wednesday, 31 December 2014||CLOSED|
|Thursday, 1 January 2015||CLOSED|
|Friday, 2 January 2015||CLOSED|
|Saturday, 3 January 2015||CLOSED|
|Sunday, 4 January 2015||CLOSED|
|Monday, 5 January 2015||OPEN|
Out of Hours (emergencies only)
For emergencies out of office hours please call +41 (0) 22 799 9100 – the recorded message will give instructions on connecting to the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra on a toll-free number.
How to obtain an Australian Passport in Switzerland
The Passports Office at the Australian Consulate-General in Geneva is open from Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
To make an appointment please call the passport office on 022 799 9100 between 9.00 am and 12 pm Monday – Friday.
Please carefully review all of the information provided below BEFORE contacting the Passports Office at the Consulate-General.
The suggested procedure for preparing your application is as follows:
1. Find out what type of form that you need to use
2. Read the instruction sheet for:
3. Read the instruction sheet for photograph criteria
5. Access the online forms and complete the correct application form:
6. Print the completed application form
7. Check if you are required to attend an interview appointment. Many applicants are able to post their applications to the Passports Office.
8. Read the checklist for your form to ensure that you are supplying all the necessary items with your application and that you are submitting it correctly (via mail or in person):
Ensure that you pay the appropriate fee, which can change on a monthly basis.
Extra information to help you prepare your passport application for lodgment in Switzerland:
Acceptable Guarantors list (applicable to PC8 forms only)
If you have any further questions you should refer your enquiry to the Australian Consulate-General, Geneva on 022 799 91 00.