Australian Embassy Consular Bulletin: 2 July 2010

06 Jul 2010 10:51 PM | Anonymous
Australian Embassy Consular Bulletin: 2 July 2010

1.        Electoral Enrolment
2.        Change in Travel Advice for Japan
3.        Have you checked your Australian Passport lately?
4.        Notarial Services
5.        Contact Details


Is your electoral enrolment up to date?  The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) handles electoral enrolment and updating your enrolment details.  More information is available on their website at

The Australian Embassy and Consulates in Japan cannot advise on your individual enrolment details or eligibility to vote in elections.  We recommend you confirm your details with the AEC to ensure your enrolment is up to date.

When a Federal Election is announced, we will provide advice on voting procedures in Japan via the Australian Embassy website ( and also by email to Australian citizens registered with the Embassy (at  Voting services will be offered at the Embassy in Tokyo as well as the Consulates-General in Osaka and Fukuoka and the Consulate in Sapporo.


The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade updates its travel advice for Japan four times a year or on an as needed basis.  The most recent update was on 8 June 2010.  We would like to draw your attention to the section of the travel advice concerning Safety and Security (Crime):

“Japan generally has a low rate of crime. However, there is an increased incidence of drink spiking at bars and other entertainment venues, often resulting in credit card theft and assault. If possible, you should avoid carrying your credit cards when you are visiting nightclubs in entertainment districts.

Sporadic incidents of bag snatching and pickpocketing of foreigners in crowded shopping areas, on trains and at airports have occurred. Credit card and ATM fraud can occur in Japan. If you are suspicious of any items that are stuck to ATMs or look unusual, do not use the machine.”

For the full travel advice on Japan, and other countries, please refer to the Smartraveller website:


With the warmer weather and summer holidays approaching, many Australians living in Japan take the opportunity to travel overseas.  To make sure you don’t get caught at the last minute with an expired (or missing) passport, we encourage you to always know where your passport is stored and to be aware of when it expires.  Please be aware that most foreign countries require that you have a minimum of six months’ validity on your passport to be able to gain entry into that country.  We recommend you renew your passport seven months before it is due to expire.

For information on renewing your Australian Passport in Japan please see:

For advice on Japanese visas please contact your closest Japanese Immigration office.  Please see the following for a list of Japanese Immigration Offices and contact numbers:


Notarial services, such as witnessing signatures, authentications, certifying documents as true copies, issuing Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage are available at the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Australian Consulates-General and Australian Consulate in Japan.

Please note that while the Consular Section Public Enquiries Desk at the Australian Embassy, Tokyo is open from 09:00 – 17:00 on weekdays, notarial services are by appointment.  Appointments for notarial services are available at the following times:

Monday:               09:30 – 12:00
Wednesday:         09:30 – 12:00
Thursday:             09:30 – 12:00

Please call the Consular Section on 03-5232-4111 to schedule an appointment at the Embassy.

To schedule an appointment for notarial services at one of the regional Australian Consulates-General or Australian Consulates in Japan, please contact the relevant mission.  A list of Consulates and Consulates-General and their prefectural jurisdictions is at the end of this bulletin.  For more information on notarial services please visit

Please note that under the Consular Fees Act 1955, a scale of fees apply to all notarial services.  Fees are payable in cash or money order at the time of appointment.  We do not have credit card facilities available at the Embassy.  For a list of fees, please visit


Australian Embassy Tokyo
2-1-14 Mita
Tokyo 108-8361
Tel: 03-5232-4111
Fax: 03-5232-4057
Jurisdictions: Aichi, Akita, Aomori, Chiba, Fukui, Fukushima, Gifu, Gunma, Ibaraki, Ishikawa, Iwate, Kanagawa, Mie, Miyagi, Nagano, Nagoya, Niigata, Saitama, Shizuoka, Tochigi, Tokyo, Toyama, Yamagata, Yamanashi Prefectures

Australian Consulate-General Osaka
16F Twin 21 MID Tower
2-1-61 Shiromi, Chuo-ku
Osaka 540-6116
Tel: 06-6941-9448
Fax: 06-6920-4543
Jurisdictions: Ehime, Hiroshima, Hyogo, Kagawa, Kochi, Kyoto, Nara, Okayama, Osaka, Shiga, Shimane, Tokushima, Tottori, Wakayama Prefectures

Australian Consulate-General Fukuoka
7th Floor, Tenjin Twin Building
1-6-8 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
Fukuoka 810-0001
Tel: 092-734-5055
Fax: 092-734-5058
Jurisdictions: Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Oita, Okinawa, Saga, Yamaguchi Prefectures

Australian Consulate Sapporo
17th Floor, Sapporo Centre Building
North 5, West 6-2, Chuo-ku
Sapporo 060-0005
Tel: 011-242-4381
Fax: 011-242-4383
Jurisdictions: Hokkaido

For useful information and answers to many of your questions, please refer to the Australian Embassy Consular Section website:

Yours sincerely
Consular Section
Australian Embassy Tokyo

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