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Welcome to the website of the Australian Embassy in Spain. Here you will find advice on a range of consular services available to Australian citizens and other practical information on matters such as trade and visas. This site can direct you to an extensive array of information online about Australia and the Australian Government.
The Australia-Spain relationship is close and multi-faceted. Our two governments consult and collaborate on a broad range of bilateral and international issues. Our shared democratic values and commitment to global peace and security are the basis for this collaboration. A key element of the bilateral relationship is defence and defence materiel. Spanish companies have won significant defence construction contracts and cooperation between the Royal Australian Navy and the Armada has grown especially close.
Commercial opportunities in Australia have attracted the entry into our market of around 100 Spanish firms in recent years. Spain’s construction, transport, IT and other world-class skills have enabled many to achieve commercial success. Australian firms are taking an increasing interest in Spain, with a growing number of investments, notably in financial services, software and mining. The embassy provides trade services through Austrade.
The beauty and cultural wealth of Spain attract some 150,000 Australian tourists each year. Increasing numbers of young Spaniards are visiting and living in Australia for work and pleasure.
If you wish to learn more about Australian foreign and trade policy, or our bilateral relationships with Spain, Andorra or Equatorial Guinea, to which the Embassy is also accredited, I encourage you to explore our Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website: http://dfat.gov.au/geo/spain/, and http://dfat.gov.au/geo/andorra/.
I recommend that all Australians travelling or living in Spain, Andorra or Equatorial Guinea regularly check the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Travel Advice. This Advice can be found through the link on our site under 'Services for Australians'.
If you are visiting Spain, Andorra, Equatorial Guinea or Australia, I wish you a pleasant stay.
Ambassador, Australian Embassy, Spain.
Latest News and Events:
The Australian Federal Election will be held on Saturday 14 September 2013
Early (in-person) voting will be offered at this Embassy in Madrid from Monday 2 September 2013 during Embassy opening hours 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Further information regarding election arrangements will be published on this page closer to the election date.
In the meantime, you can find information relating to being overseas at election time on the Australian Electoral Commission's website: www.aec.gov.au
Closure of the Australian Honorary Consulate in Barcelona
As from Monday 12 December 2011 the Australian Honorary Consulate in Barcelona will close indefinitely and will not reopen until further notice.
Australian citizens requiring assistance and/or information please contact the Australian Embassy in Madrid.
Work at the Embassy:
At present there are no employment vacancies available.
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The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is advising people to ignore a hoax email asking clients for an eVisitor application fee. There is no charge for e-visitor visas. If you receive an email asking for an application fee, please do not respond to it. If you do receive such an email, please forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org to assist us in investigations.
Ambassador Jane Hardy presents at Executive Forum
On 10 May 2013 Australia's Ambassador to Spain, Jane Hardy, presented a speech entitled 'Europe and the Asian Century' to business leaders and government officials at the Executive Forum in the Westin Palace Hotel. She was honoured to be introduced by Marques Juan Miguel Villar Mir (president of OHL) and to have Spain’s Secretary of State for Defence, Pedro Arguelles Salaverria, and Ernesto de Zulueta, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-General for North America, Asia and the Pacific, in the audience. Click here to see her presentation and read the speech.
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