Australian High Commission
United Kingdom
Australia House, London

Passport Processing Times

Key points

  • Please apply for a new passport well ahead of your proposed travel.
  • You should allow up to six weeks to receive a passport once your complete application is accepted at interview or payment is taken for mailed in applications.  Should your application be incomplete, it may take longer.  
  • If you are applying by post and require your passport urgently (within six weeks), please ensure you attention to “URGENT PASSPORT” on the envelope and include both a covering letter clearly explaining your circumstances as well as evidence of urgency (e.g. travel itinerary, visa appointment confirmation, letter from employer).
  • If you are applying in person and require your passport urgently (within six weeks), please advise the interviewing officer of your circumstances. You will need to provide evidence of urgency (e.g. travel itinerary, visa appointment confirmation, letter from employer).
  • Allow up to six weeks to receive a new passport once an application is accepted
  • You can help minimise processing times by ensuring you provide everything we need when you lodge your application
  • Please note the priority service is currently unavailable.