The Australian Government is now operating in accordance with the Caretaker Conventions pending the outcome of the 2022 federal election.
Consular support and travel advice
Do not travel to Ukraine due to the volatile security situation and increasing threat of imminent military action against Ukraine. We continue to urge Australians to leave Ukraine immediately. Do not delay.
Due to the increased risk, the Government has directed the departure of Australian Embassy staff from Ukraine, and all have now departed. Our Embassy and operations in Lviv are now temporarily closed. Australian officials have been deployed to Poland to assist Australians seeking to depart Ukraine.
Australians in Ukraine seeking consular assistance should call DFAT's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 or +61 2 6261 3305 outside Australia.
Monitor and subscribe to Smartraveller for up-to-date travel advice for Ukraine. The Ukraine border regions information page outlines the requirements for leaving Ukraine by road for Australian citizens. Read the travel advice of the destination to make sure you meet the entry requirements. The security situation is unpredictable and conditions could change with little warning.
Read the full statement from the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Registration Portal for Australians in Ukraine
If you remain in Ukraine, you should register on the registration portal for Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate family members.
This is a contingency measure in response to ongoing security concerns in the country. Registration means DFAT can better contact Australians in the event that assistance is required. Continue to monitor Smartraveller for updates: see travel advice for Ukraine. We keep our Travel advice under close review, including regularly reassessing the risks to Australians in Ukraine, and to provide the latest information.
Federal Election - 21 May 2022
The next federal election will be held on Saturday 21 May 2022. If you are still in Australia, note you can pre-poll vote from 9 May 2022.
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) recommends overseas voters cast a postal vote in this election. If you plan to be overseas at the time of the election, make sure you check your enrolment and request a postal vote as soon as possible on the AEC website.
Australians in Moldova and Ukraine are encouraged to vote via postal vote, which can be posted to the AEC directly or mailed to another nearby Embassy/High Commission/Consulate where votes are being collected. A full list of locations is available on the AEC website.
Postal votes must be returned as quickly as possible to ensure they are received by the AEC in time to be counted.