Tourist Visas

The Australia Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) is a temporary visa required to enter the country. Some travelers need a valid Australian visa to do tourist activities, go on a cruise, or visit friends and family in the country. It can be applied for from either within Australia or from abroad.

This visitor visa for Australia does not have a barcode or QR code, it simply states information about the traveler and the conditions. There is also no need to do an interview at the Australian embassy or consulate. However, in some cases, Australian immigration officials may ask for further details by phone.

The visa application process has a few different steps that can be confusing, but don’t worry. We’re here to make the entire process simple and stress-free. You’ll be assigned an iVisa Expert to guide you through the entire process and avoid a rejection from the government.


What can and can’t you do with the Australia Visitor Visa?

Certain rules apply to the Australian Visitor Visa. Check them out below.

With an Australia Visitor Visa, you can:

  • Travel to Australia for tourism and to go on a cruise.
  • Visit friends and family (if you’re sponsored by immediate family members that live in Australia).
  • Do business activities such as negotiating contracts or attending trade fairs or conferences.
  • Study or do a short course for a maximum of three months in Australia.

The Australia Visitor Visa does not permit you to:

  • Work or sell goods.
  • Participate in a trade fair or conference if you are paid by the organizer.
  • Study or do a course for longer than three months.
  • Travel to Australia for health reasons, such as to undergo medical treatment.


Who needs to apply for this visa to enter Australia?

If you want to know if your nationality is eligible for the Australia Visitor Visa contact us!

Please note: Passport holders from the People’s Republic of China (excluding SARs) can visit Australia with this visa type if they’re part of an approved tour group.


Who doesn’t need to apply for this visa to enter Australia?

If your passport is issued by a country eligible for the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), you don’t need this visitor visa to travel to Australia. The following countries are eligible for the Australia ETA:

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy (including Vatican City), Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands Norway, Portugal, Republic of San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

If you are from Antarctica, Hong Kong, United States, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Canada or Brunei Darussalam contact us for further information!


How long is the Australia Visitor Visa valid for?

Tourist visas are valid for three years and allows a maximum stay of 3, 6, or 12 months, depending on the applicant’s background.

This type of Australian Tourist Visa is a Multiple Entry document, which means you can enter Australia as often as you like within the valid visa period.

In some cases, it is possible to extend your stay in Australia. Here are some examples:

  • If you are an Australian citizen and your parents want to visit you and stay longer in Australia they can apply for a stay of up to 12 months.
  • If you have a tourist visa for 3 or 6 months and your current Australian visa is close to expiring, you can apply for this visitor visa from within Australia to extend your stay.


What are the required documents to apply for this Visa?

To apply for this Australian visa, you will need certain documents:

  • A copy of your current valid passport showing your photo, personal details, and passport issue and expiration dates, as well as the pages that have immigration stamps.
  • A copy of your ID (if you have one).
  • Applicant photo

The Australian government may ask you for additional documents after you apply for a tourist visa, such as (but not limited to):

  • Documents proving you can support your trip during your stay, such as bank statements or financial assets.
  • Documents showing that you are employed or studying in your home country.
  • Travel itinerary or any evidence of planned tourism activities in Australia.
  • Letters from your relative or friend in Australia, inviting you to visit.
  • A police certificate.
  • Birth certificate for applicants under 18 years of age.
  • Family register and composition form (if applicable).

To increase your approval chances you must provide proof to the Australian Government that you have the financial means to return to your home country.

If your documents are not in English you will need to translate them.


Do I need a transit visa for a connecting flight in Australia?

Eligible travellers can transit at the airport without an Australian visa, if they meet the following criteria:

  • You arrive in Australia by air and have a confirmed ticket to leave Australia to fly to a third country, within 8 hours of arriving.
  • You have a valid ticket and entry document to enter the final destination country.
  • You will not go through immigration or leave the airport transit lounge before boarding your onward flight.

If you need to clear immigration, you may need an Australian visa to transit in Australia.

Have more specific questions about your visa? Get in touch with the best Immigration Lawyers in Melbourne.

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