The Australian Government is now operating in accordance with the Caretaker Conventions pending the outcome of the 2022 federal election.
Australian Federal Election 2022
The next federal election will be held on 21 May 2022. If you are still in Australia, you can pre-poll vote from 9 May 2022.
The AEC recommends overseas voters cast a postal vote in this election. If you plan to be overseas at the time of the election, make sure you check your enrolment and request a postal vote as soon as possible on the AEC website.
Australians in Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda are encouraged to vote via postal vote, which can either be posted to the AEC directly, or mailed or dropped off to the High Commission Nairobi. To send in your postal vote, please send to;
Australian High Commission- Federal Election
P.O. Box 3008 - 00621, Nairobi, Kenya
To drop off your postal vote, please drop it at the High Commission during the following hours:
Mondays to Thursday, 9.00 am to 12.30 p.m and 2.00 p.m to 4.30 p.m/ Fridays, 9.00am- 2.00 p.m, excluding High Commission public holidays.
• Photo ID is required to enter the High Commission
• All visitors are subject to security screening
• Parking is not available for visitors in the grounds
Postal votes must be returned as quickly as possible to ensure they are received by the AEC in time to be counted.
What is the time frame for registering to vote?
Enrolment closes at 8pm on 18 April 2022, one week after the election is called.
How early before the election are postal votes be sent out?
The Australian Electoral Commission will start sending postal votes immediately after the declaration of nominations. Postal votes are expected to be sent from 26 April 2022.
When do requests for postal votes close?
Requests for postal votes will close on 18 May 2022. The Australian Electoral Commission recommends you apply for a postal vote as soon as possible to ensure there is enough time for it to be posted to you and returned to the Australian Electoral Commission by 3 June 2022.
The health and safety of Australians overseas is our highest priority. Our ability to provide some services may be limited. We will continue to prioritise consular services to those in genuine need. If you require urgent assistance, please contact our Consular Emergency Centre, Canberra (Australia): +61 2 6261 3305.
Be sure to share your details with us so that we can keep you updated by email via [email protected]
Australian Government Information
Please click on the below links to get Australian Government information relating to COVID-19.
Australia in East Africa
Welcome! Karibu! Kaze! Tukusanyukidde! Soo Dhahwow! Murakaza neza!
This is the official website of the Australian High Commission to Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, the Australian Embassy to Burundi and Somalia, and the Australian delegations to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat). The Australian High Commission in Nairobi also engages with the East African Community (EAC)and International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
Follow us on Facebook @AusHCKenya and Twitter @AusHCKenya for the latest news and activities of the Australian Governmment in East Africa, as well as Australia's many cultural, development, humanitarian, business and sporting links with the region.
Jobs and Visa Solicitation Fraud
We would like to inform the general public to be cautious of fraudulent job offers at 'Coca-Cola Australia' or other companies currently being circulated. Please also be aware that documents promising to facilitate Temporary Skill Shortage visas are fake and do not originate from any Department or Agency of the Australian Government.
Appointment Booking Notice
Please note that we have enhanced security screening and entry arrangements at the Chancery to ensure the safety of our staff, clients and visitors. If you are not prepared to comply with entry requirements you will not be permitted inside the Chancery.
All travellers are advised to carefully consider the information contained in the below websites before finalising travel arrangements to Australia.
There's nothing like Australia!
The Department of Home Affairs no longer maintains a telephone enquiry line in Nairobi. All Visa and Immigration enquiries, including the booking of appointments, should only be made through the Online Enquiry Form.
For Australians in East Africa:
The Australian Government provides consular, passport, travel advisory and notarial support to Australians in East Africa. We also share information on national and state elections.
24-hour Consular Support
Need emergency consular assistance? Please call:
You can also email the Australia High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya, on [email protected] or call (+254) 20 4277 100 during local business hours. We will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 24 December 2021 and resume normal operations on 4 January 2022. Australian citizens requiring emergency consular assistance should contact +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas and 1300 555 135 from within Australia.
Is your passport lost or stolen in East Africa?
- Report the loss or theft online
- Contact the Australia High Commission in Nairobi via email at [email protected] or on the numbers listed above, during local business hours.
- Call the Australian Passport Information Service on 131 232 from within Australia.
- Seek more information on the Australian Passports Office website.
If you need immediate assistance, you can call the Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305from overseas or 1300 555 135 from within Australia.
Need information on visiting or living East Africa? Read the Australian Government’s:
- Travel advice for Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda
- Smartraveller bulletins on special issues and events
- Tips for travellers
We encourage all Australian travellers and expatriates in East Africa to:
- REGISTER your travel or residency plans
- SUBSCRIBE to travel advice updates – stay notified!
- INSURE yourself and all your belongings
The Australian High Commission in Kenya may be able to provide notarial services and document legalisation, including the issuing of Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) and the legalisation of signatures and seals that appear on Australian public documents (authentications and apostilles). We can also certify copies of Australian documents or documents intended for use in Australia, witness signatures on Australian forms, witness the signing of Australian Statutory Declarations, and witness the making of an Australian Affidavit. Fees apply.