Welcome to the Australian Embassy in Warsaw
The Australian Embassy in Warsaw is the representative office of the Australian Government resident in Poland and accredited to the Czech Republic and Lithuania.
On behalf of all of us at the Australian Embassy, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all those who have sent messages of support and sympathy to the Embassy regarding the Australian bushfire crisis.
Please also stay up to date with your own country’s travel advice for Australia.
For Poland: https://www.gov.pl/web/dyplomacja/australia
For the Czech Republic: https://www.mzv.cz/…/austral…/australie/cestovani/index.html or https://www.mzv.cz/…/aktual…/rozsahle_pozay_v_australii.html
For Lithuania: https://keliauk.urm.lt/location/australija
For those of you wishing to assist, a number of organisations and charities are accepting donations to assist those affected by bushfires, including:
NSW Rural Fire Service (www.rfs.nsw.gov.au)
Country Fire Association of Victoria (www.cfa.vic.gov.au)
South Australia Country Fire Service (https://cfsfoundation.org.au/)
Vic Bushfire Appeal (https://www.vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal)
WIRES (injured animals) (www.wires.org.au)
Unfortunately, there are a number of scammers pretending to be legitimate well-known charities or creating fake charity names. People are urged to check that the charity that they are donating to is credible and registered through the Australia Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Charity register – acnc.gov.au/charity
Appointment of Honorary Consul in Prague, Czech Republic
The Australian Government has appointed Ms Jana Kvasnicova as its new Honorary Consul for the Czech Republic.
Ms Kvasnicova is an experienced consular officer who has assisted Australian citizens for over four years from the Consulate Office in Prague.
Ms Kvasnicova is a Czech citizen who is keen to continue to promote Australian interests in the Czech Republic and to provide services to consular and passport clients as well as providing guidance and reassurance for Australians in times of need when working or travelling abroad.
With the high number of Australians who visit the Czech Republic each year, the Australian Consulate in Prague continues to stand ready to assist Australian residents, travellers and their families in times of need.
Contact details for the Australian Consulate in Prague are as follows:
Australian Consulate, Prague
Solitaire Office Building
110 00 Prague, Czech Republic
+48 22 521 3444
Important changes to Smartraveller - New Smartraveller website
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Work and Holiday visa program
Additional Work and Holiday places for Poland – 1 October 2019
The Work and Holiday visa arrangement with Poland now allows even more young people to explore, work and study in Australia.
As of 1 October 2019, the number of places available to Polish nationals has increased to 1500.
Nationals of Poland can still lodge a Work and Holiday visa application as part of the 2019-20 program. All applications must be lodged online via ImmiAccount at https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login. Paper applications will not be accepted and all applications are processed in the order in which they are received.
Please see https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/work-holiday-462/first-work-holiday-462 for further information.
Work and Holiday arrangement with the Czech Republic
The Work and Holiday arrangement with the Czech Republic came into effect on 1 March 2018. Young adults from the Czech Republic can apply for a subclass 462 visa.
Information for Czech citizens on how to lodge and prepare an application is available at http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/462-. Further important information and announcements about the program are available at: http://germany.embassy.gov.au/beln/Visas_and_Migration.html