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    27 October 2020

    The Australian Biometric Collection Centre in Algeria has resumed limited operations from 02 November 2020 for Biometrics collection, strictly by appointment. Paper applications will not be accepted by mail or at the office. You can apply online for most visa and citizenship applications at:

    Current operational day and timing for the ABCC, except public holidays, is:

    1. Operational day: Sunday
    2. Operational timings: 09:00 am to 01:00 pm

    Customers are required to make a prior appointment before visiting the centre as no walk-in appointments or in-person information services will be available.

    Customers needing assistance with completing their Visa form online can avail the service at the Biometric Collection Centre, for an additional fee. Please make this selection at the time of making your appointment.

    Travel restrictions are in place and subject to change. You cannot come to Australia unless you are in an exempt category or you have been granted an individual exemption to the current travel restrictions. Please check the Department of Home Affairs’ website for more information
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    17 July 2020

    In light of the current COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) outbreak, all Australian Visa Application Centres, Australian Biometric Collection Centres and call centres, across the VFS Global network, are temporarily closed until further notice, see for updates. We apologise for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and kind co-operation. For latest information from the Australian Government on Covid-19, please visit:

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    19 March 2020

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the Australian border

    From 9 pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia. For more information on the Australian Government’s announcement, please click here: