AUSTRALIAN TOURIST VISA

Overview

Stay

You can stay up to 12 months with this visa

Cost

The cost of this visa is AUD145 (Embassy Fee)

Processing times

75% of applications can take 44 days

90% of applications take 48 days

With this visa you can

visit family or friends, Can get married

be here as a tourist, for a cruise, or for purposes other than business or medical treatment

Conditions

If you have this visa then you must comply with the following conditions, you must

Yo intend to come to Australia to visit only

You must have to show that you have enough money for your stay in Australia

You cannot work in Australia

With this visa you can

With this Australian tourist visa you can visit family or friends

You must be here in Australia as a tourist, for a cruise or for any purpose except business or medical treatment

You can study or train for up to 3 months in total on this visa. But if your main reason for travelling to Australia is study, a student visa might be more appropriate.

You can’t work with this visa.

Cruise

You will need a tourist visa if you enter Australia during the course of a cruise tour.

If your cruise is a round trip cruise, the time you spend on the cruise counts as time spent in Australia – that is, we do not consider you have left Australia. A round trip cruise will not reset your stay period on your visa.

You can ask your cruise operator agency or travel agent if we consider your cruise to be a round trip cruise.

How long you can stay

This is a temporary tourist visa to enter into Australia.

You can stay for the period or dates specified on the visa grant letter. We determine the length of your visa on a case by case basis. Things we might consider when determining your stay period include:

How long you want to stay in Australia

Why you want to stay in Australia

You might not be granted the length of stay you want in Australia.

We can grant this visa with one entry or multiple entries to keep in view the purpose of the stay. If we grant you a visa with multiple entries, you can leave and re-enter Australia on the visa while it is valid. Generally we grant a stay period of 3 months, but we might grant a stay of up to 12 months in certain circumstances.

It is a condition of this visa that you don’t stay in Australia for a total of more than 12 months in an 18-month period. If you currently hold a Visitor visa, a Working Holiday visa, a Work and Holiday visa or a bridging visa, and grant of this visa would mean you stay in Australia for more than 12 consecutive months, you will need to show there are exceptional circumstances.

Consider the Visitor visa (subclass 600) Frequent Traveller stream if:

YOU hold a passport from the People’s Republic of China and

YOU travel to Australia frequently

Parents of Australian citizens or permanent residents

If you are the parent or step-parent of an Australian citizen or permanent resident and you meet all the visa criteria, we might consider granting you a visa for longer than 12 months.

We might grant a visa that lasts up to:

We consider these applications on a case-by-case basis.

If we grant you a visa that is valid for more than 12 months you might be able to enter Australia multiple times while the visa is valid.

If you are granted a visa that is valid for 18 months, 3 years or 5 years, your visa might have these extra conditions:

YOU can’t stay in Australia for more than 12 months in total in total in any 18-month period

YOU must have adequate arrangements for health insurance while you are in Australia

YOU can’t apply for another visa within Australia, except for a protection visa

Stay longer

You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending this visa. You must apply for another visa.

You can apply for a new visa if your visa does not have a condition that prevents further stay, such as condition 8503. You might be able to request a waiver of the no further stay condition in limited circumstances.

You must not breach condition 8558, no more than 12 months stay in any 18-month period, if it is applied to your visa.

You can explore visa options.

Include family

You can’t include family members in your application. A separate application must be made for each member of your family, including those listed on your passport.

Newborn child

Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply.

Cost

The visa costs from AUD145 for each applicant.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator. You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics. The estimator does not take into account the other costs.

You might be able to request we fast-track your visa application if you hold a passport from:

  • the People’s Republic of China (but not Hong Kong or Macau)
  • India
  • the United Arab Emirates

Fast-tracking your application costs AUD1,000 in addition to the visa application charge.

Apply from

You must be outside Australia when you apply and when we decide your application.

Processing times

We process:

  • 75% of applications in 44 days
  • 90% of applications in 48 days

Your application may take longer to process if:

  • you don’t fill it in correctly
  • you don’t include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information

Your obligations

You must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

Health insurance

We recommend you take out health insurance to cover any unforeseen medical treatment you might need in Australia. You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Insurance can help limit your financial liability.

See what we consider adequate health insurance.
Learn more about health insurance for overseas visitors.

Reciprocal healthcare agreements
Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from Services Australia about reciprocal healthcare agreements.

Travel

If we grant you a visa with multiple entries, you can travel outside Australia and return in line with what we specify in your visa grant letter.

If your visa is granted with single entry and you leave Australia, you can’t re-enter on the visa. You have to apply for another visa to come back.

Check if you have multiple or single entry in VEVO or your visa grant letter.

Visa label

We will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

ELIGIBILITY

Meet our health requirement

You must meet our health requirement.


Meet our character requirement

You must meet our character requirement.


Pay your debts to the Australian government

If you or any family members (including those who don’t apply for the visa with you) owe the Australian government money, you or they must have paid it back or arranged to pay it back.


Have enough money

You must have, or have access to, enough money to support yourself while you are in Australia.


Be a genuine visitor

You must only intend to:

  • stay temporarily in Australia
  • obey any condition and stay period attached to your visa

Have health insurance

We recommend you take out health insurance to cover any unforeseen medical treatment you might need in Australia. You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Insurance can help limit your financial liability.

See what we consider adequate health insurance.
Learn more about health insurance for overseas visitors.

Reciprocal healthcare agreements
Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from the Department of Human Services about reciprocal healthcare agreements.

Best interests of the child

We might not grant this visa if it is not in the best interests of an applicant under 18.