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Australians visiting the USA - Embassy & Consulates

Updated on September 3, 2012
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The last thing you want to have happen when you're visiting the USA is a passport to go missing, a loved one to get injured or a criminal act to occur. But despite your best efforts to have an enjoyable and safe holiday, things can go wrong.

Australia and the US have a very strong diplomatic relationship and in addition to the Embassy in Washington DC, there are five Consulates throughout the country. All have different areas of responsibility, can perform certain functions and cover various states and cities of the US. Listed below are the Australian posts in the US and how they can help you:


EMBASSY OF AUSTRALIA - WASHINGTON DC

1601 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington DC 20036

Phone +1 202 797 3000

The Embassy is the largest and most functional of all six posts in the US. The Embassy can assist Australians, both living in and visiting the US, with passport issues, visa inquiries and consular assistance (ie. if you have been a victim of a crime or face legal issues or are sick or injured). They also host several events throughout the year, including Australia Day and ANZAC functions. The Embassy is the only US-based post that can assist with Visa inquiries and like all other posts, can assist with passport inquiries (for lost/stolen passports, new passports and renewals). Located in an area known as 'Embassy Row' and only five blocks north of the White House, the Australian Embassy is open Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 5.00pm. The closest Metro stop is Dupont Circle or Farragut North.

The Embassy of Australia has consular jurisdiction of the following states:

Alabama

Arkansas

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maryland

Mississippi

North Carolina

Oklahoma

South Carolina

Tennessee

Texas

Virginia

West Virginia

For more information visit www.usa.embassy.gov.au


AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE-GENERAL - NEW YORK CITY

150 East 42nd Street

34th Floor

New York NY 10017

Phone +1 212 351 6500

Serving the state and city of New York and the surrounding states in the New England area, the Consulate-General in New York City offers a number of services to visitors and residents in the area. While visa services are NOT offered, the Consulate can assist Australian citizens with passport inquiries, applications and renewals. They can also assist with consular cases, including criminal proceedings and health-related situations. The Consulate also has a very strong business and social connection and regularly hosts and/or supports Australian-based events in the city. Located in Midtown, and only blocks away from the United Nations, the Empire State Building and Times Square, the Consulate-General is open Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm. The closest Subway stop is Grand Central Station.

The Australian Consulate-General has consular jurisdiction of the following states:

Connecticut

Maine

Massachusetts

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New York

Ohio

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Vermont

*The Consulate-General also covers Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

For more information visit www.newyork.usa.embassy.gov.au/nycg/home.html


AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE-GENERAL - LOS ANGELES

2029 Century Park East

Suite 3150

Los Angeles CA 90067

Phone +1 310 229 2300

Australia brings the largest number of tourists to Los Angeles than any other country in the world, with 339,000 tourists making the trip across the Pacific in 2010. As such, the Australian Consulate-General in LA plays an important role in the diplomatic community. Offering both passport and consular assistance to Australians living in and visiting the southern Californian city, the Consulate-General also houses an Austrade office, advancing the commercial relationship between the two countries. Visa assistance is not available, and anyone wanting visa advice should contact the Embassy. With two Consulates in the state of California, consular jurisdiction for the Consulate-General in Los Angeles finishes at San Francisco (6 hours north). The Consulate-General is located in the Century City neighborhood of LA, not far from Beverly Hills and approximately 14miles/22km from Los Angeles International Airport and is open Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm. Local buses cover the area - visit www.culvercity.org for details.

The Australian Consulate-General has consular jurisdiction of the following states:

Alaska

Arizona

California (south of San Francisco)

Colorado

New Mexico

Nevada (Clark County, i.e. Las Vegas area)

Utah

For more information visit www.losangeles.consulate.gov.au/losa/home.html


AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE-GENERAL - SAN FRANCISCO

575 Market Street

Suite 1800

San Francisco CA 94105

Phone +1 415 644 3620

Highlighting the popularity of the state of California as a place for Australians to visit and to relocate to, the Australian Consulate-General in San Francisco is the second of the state's Australian posts. An integral part of the commercial trade relationship between Australia and the US, the Consulate houses an Austrade office in addition to offering consular and passport assistance. Sharing California's consular jurisdiction with Los Angeles, the San Francisco Consulate covers the Bay Area and further north to the Oregon border. Centrally located in the Union Square neighborhood of the Golden Gate city, the Consulate is within a short walk of the Embarcadero and close to Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown. The closest BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station is Montgomery St. The Consulate is open Monday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm.

The Australian Consulate-General has consular jurisdiction of the following states:

California (San Francisco and further north)

Idaho

Montana

Nevada (except for Clark County)

Oregon

Washington

Wyoming

For more information visit www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/SanFranCG.html


AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE-GENERAL - CHICAGO

123 North Wacker Drive

Suite 1330

Chicago IL 60606

Phone +1 312 419 1480

Geographically covering a large proportion of the country, the Consulate-General in Chicago, Illinois is responsible for the area known as the 'Midwest'. Offering passport and consular assistance, as well as advice regarding trade and business (via Austrade), the Consulate can assist Australians visiting and living in the Windy City and surrounding cities and states. Located in the city's CBD, affectionately known as 'The Loop' to locals, the Consulate is open Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm. The closest public transit 'L' station (train) is Washington/Wells.

The Australian Consulate-General has consular jurisdiction of the following states:

Indiana

Kansas

Illinois

Iowa

Michigan

Minnesota

Missouri

Nebraska

North Dakota

South Dakota

Wisconsin

For more information visit www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/ChicagoCG.html


AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE-GENERAL - HONOLULU

1000 Bishop Street

Penthouse

Honolulu HI 96813

Phone +1 808 529 8100


While it may be the smallest of Australian US-based posts, the Consulate in Hawaii serves a vital function for Australians visiting the islands. Like the other Consulates, it is unable to assist with visa inquiries, but can assist with passports and consular assistance. Physically isolated from mainland USA, the Consulate only covers the 50th state, encompassing Oahu and the surrounding islands. Located in the 'downtown' area of Honolulu, the Consulate is only a 20 minute drive from the airport and 10 minutes from Waikiki. The Consulate is open Monday - Friday, 8.00am - 4.00pm. The closest bus stops are at Hotel St & Bishop St or Bishop St and South King St.

The Australian Consulate-General has consular jurisdiction of the following states:

Hawaii

For more information visit www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/HawaiiCG.html


Note about consular advice in legal matters:

Aided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Embassy and Consulates provide assistance to Australians who find themselves in trouble overseas. This support is referred to as consular services; however, there are legal and practical limits to what can be done.


Consular officials can provide advice and support, arrange contact with family members and other nominated contacts in Australia, provide a list of local lawyers, assist in cases of missing persons, provide notarial services, provide travel advisories and provide voting locations for Federal elections.

Consular officials CANNOT provide legal advice, intervene in private court proceedings or legal matters, investigate crimes or deaths overseas, post bail or pay legal fees/fines, act as a travel agent, bank or post office and provide physical protection or security.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT www.smartraveller.gov.au



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      Karon Dawson 5 years ago

      I have visited the Consulate in Hawaii. The staff there were fantastic, very friendly and helpful!