Do you need a visa for Australia?

Yes, all foreign nationals require a visa to enter Australia – excluding passport holders from New Zealand who can enter Australia without a visa. Passport holders from 34 countries are eligible to apply for the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA/601), which permits multiple entry to Australia for up to 3 months within a 12-month period. This includes nationals from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Italy. The ETA costs AUD 20.

All other foreign nationals will need to apply for a visitor visa (600). This permits stays of up to 12 months with the option to apply for single or multiple entry, and costs from AUD 150.

Find out more information about Australian tourist visas on the Australian Department of Home Affair's website

How do you apply for an Australia visitor visa?

Head to the Department of Home Affairs website and follow the prompts to begin your visa application. Alternatively, you can apply for a tourist visa by heading to your nearest Australian embassy or consulate.

The process of obtaining a visitor visa is generally an easy one. The turnaround time depends on a few factors, but it can take anything from a couple of hours to 30 days. Ensure you leave plenty of time between applying for the visa and the beginning of your trip.

You'll receive a confirmation email when your visa is granted. You don't need to print this out or show it to an immigration official upon arrival, as your visa is automatically linked to your passport. If you lose your passport or if it's stolen, you'll need to reapply for an Australian tourist visa before your trip.

Visit the Australian Department of Home Affairs website for more information on applying for a visa

What documentation do you need for an Australian tourist visa?

You need a passport with at least six months of validity from the date you plan to enter Australia. You may be refused boarding at the airport if it's less than this. You must also meet the character and health requirements and have enough money to support yourself for the duration of your trip.

You may incur additional costs when applying for a visitor visa for health checks, biometrics or police certificates. This will be communicated to you during the application process if required.


The page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates.

Last updated: 28/06/2023

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