Explore visa options for visiting Australia

Visiting Australia Visa

Tourist stream (apply outside Australia)

Visitor visa (subclass 600)

This visa stream lets you visit Australia as a tourist, to go on a cruise or to see family and friends.

  • We might grant you a stay of 3, 6 or 12 months
  • Visit friends and family, cruise or have a holiday
  • You must be outside Australia when you apply and when we decide your visa.
Stay

Up to 12 months

Cost

From AUD145

Processing Time
  • 75% of applications: 5 months
  • 90% of applications: 10 months

Sponsored family stream

Visitor visa (subclass 600)

This visa stream lets people who are sponsored, usually by a family member, come to Australia to visit their family members.
  • You must be sponsored by an eligible family member who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • We might ask your sponsor to pay a security bond
  • You must be outside Australia when you apply and when we decide your visa.
Stay

Up to 12 months

Cost

AUD145.

Processing Time
  • 75% of applications: 7 months
  • 90% of applications: 12 months

Approved Destination Status stream

Visitor visa (subclass 600)
This visa stream is for citizens from certain areas of China visiting Australia on a tour organised by an approved travel agent.
  • This visa lets citizens of the People’s Republic of China (excluding SARs) visit Australia with an organised tour group
  • You must remain with the organised tour group
Stay

For the period or until the date we specify in your grant letter

Cost

AUD145

Frequent traveller stream

Visitor visa (subclass 600)
This visa stream is for citizens of the People’s Republic of China who travel often to Australia for business or personal reasons.
  • We might grant a validity period for up to 10 years
  • You must hold a passport from the People’s Republic of China, SARs excluded
  • You must provide biometrics within the People’s Republic of China before you apply
Stay

The visa can be granted for up to 10 years. Stay up to 3 months each time you enter.

Cost

AUD1,065

eVisitor

Subclass 651
Visit Australia as often as you wish in a 12-month period. Stay up to 3 months each time you enter Australia.
  • We process most applications for this visa in less than a day
  • You must apply from outside Australia
  • If you want to stay for more than 3 months consider a different visa, such as the Visitor visa (subclass 600)
Stay

Up to 3 months at a time

Cost
Free
Processing Time

The visa starts on the day it is granted.

We process 90% of applications in 5 months

Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)

Subclass 601
Visit Australia as often as you wish in a 12-month period. Stay up to 3 months each time you enter Australia.
  • This visa is free, but there is an AUD20 service charge if you apply online
  • You can’t apply online for this visa if you are travelling on a passport from Europe or Taiwan. Check with your travel agent, airline or service provider if you can apply through them
  • If you want to stay for more than 3 months consider a different visa, such as the Visitor visa (subclass 600)
Stay

Up to 3 months at a time

Cost
Free. There is an online application service charge of AUD20

Tourist stream (apply in Australia)

Visitor visa (subclass 600)
This visa stream lets you visit Australia as a tourist, to see family and friends or for purposes other than business or medical treatment.
  • We might grant you a stay of up to 12 months
  • Visit friends and family, cruise or have a holiday
  • If you hold another visa that is expiring and want to stay longer, this visa might suit you
  • You must be in Australia when you apply and when we decide your application.
Stay

Up to 12 months

Cost

From AUD365

Processing Time
  • 75% of applications in 5 months
  • 90% of applications in 10 months

Special Category visa

Subclass 444
This temporary visa allows you to visit, study, stay and work as long as you remain a New Zealand citizen. It is applied for when you arrive in Australia and submit your completed incoming passenger card with your New Zealand passport.
  • ​​​​​​This visa is only available to New Zealand citizens
  • It is a temporary visa applied for on each arrival
  • It allows you to visit, study, stay and work as long as you remain a New Zealand citizen
Stay

From the time you are granted the visa until your departure from Australia as long as you are a New Zealand citizen during that time

Cost
Free
Processing Time

If you apply on arrival in Australia, your application will be processed at the airport.

If you apply inside Australia, your application may take longer to process depending upon your individual circumstances.

Transit visa

Subclass 771
This visa lets people be in Australia for up to 72 hours before they must leave Australia. Maritime Crew visa holders can use it to enter Australia by air to join a non-military ship. Some people are eligible to transit without a visa.
Stay

No longer than 72 hours

Cost
Free

Processing Time
  • 75% of applications: 17 days
  • 90% of applications: 54 days

First Working Holiday visa

Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)
This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – and Canadian, French and Irish citizens 18 to 35 years old (inclusive) – have their first extended holiday in Australia and work here to help fund their trip.
  • You must have a passport from an eligible country or jurisdiction
  • You can work while you are here
  • You can apply for a second Working Holiday visa if you meet certain eligibility criteria
Stay

12 months

Cost

AUD485

Processing Time
  • 75% of applications in 81 days
  • 90% of applications in 3 months

Second Working Holiday visa

Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)
This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – and Canadian, French and Irish citizens 18 to 35 years old (inclusive) – who currently hold, or who have held, a Working Holiday visa, have a second working holiday in Australia.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​You must have a passport from an eligible country or jurisdiction
  • You can do any kind of work while you are here​
  • You must have completed 3 months of specified subclass 417 work​​​
  • If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or your last substantive visa expired less than 28 days ago
  • You can apply for a third Working Holiday visa if you meet certain eligibility criteria
Stay

12 months

Cost

AUD485

Processing Time
  • 75% of applications in 81 days
  • 90% of applications in 3 months

First Work and Holiday visa

Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)
This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) have an extended holiday in Australia and work here to help fund their trip.
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​You must have a passport from an eligible country
  • You can work while you are here
  • You can apply for a second Work and Holiday visa if you meet certain eligibility criteria
Stay

12 months

Cost

AUD485

Processing Time
  • 75% of applications in 84 days
  • 90% of applications in 4 months

Second Work and Holiday visa

Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)
This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) who currently hold, or who have held, a Work and Holiday visa, have a second working holiday in Australia.
  • You must have a passport from an eligible country
  • You can do any kind of work while you are here
  • You must have completed 3 months of specified subclass 462 work​
  • If in Australia, hold a substantive visa or your last substantive visa expired less than 28 days ago​​
  • You can apply for a third Work and Holiday visa if you meet certain eligibility criteria
Stay

12 months

Cost

AUD485

Processing Time
  • 75% of applications: 84 days
  • 90% of applications: 4 months

Third Working Holiday visa

Working Holiday visa (subclass 417)
This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) – and Canadian, French and Irish citizens 18 to 35 years old (inclusive) – who currently hold, or who have held, a second Working Holiday visa, have a third working holiday in Australia.
  • ​​​​​​​​You must have a passport from an eligible country/jurisdiction
  • You can do any kind of work while you are here
  • You must have completed 6 months of specified subclass 417 work​
  • If you are in Australia, you must hold a substantive visa or your last substantive visa expired less than 28 days ago​
Stay

12 months

Cost

AUD485

Third Work and Holiday visa

Work and Holiday visa (subclass 462)
This visa lets people 18 to 30 years old (inclusive) who currently hold, or who have held, a second Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa, have a third working holiday in Australia.
  • You must have a passport from an eligible country
  • You can do any kind of work while you are here
  • You must have completed 6 months of specified subclass 462 work​
  • If in Australia, hold a substantive visa or your last substantive visa expired less than 28 days ago​​
Stay

12 months

Cost

AUD485

Business visitor stream

Visitor visa (subclass 600)
This visa stream lets you visit Australia for business reasons.
  • ​​You can make a short visit for business visitor reasons, but you can’t work or sell goods or services
  • We might let you enter Australia once or many times while the visa is valid
  • You must be outside Australia when you apply and when we decide your visa
Stay

Up to 3 months

Cost

AUD145

Processing Time
  • 75% of applications: 4 days
  • 90% of applications: 9 days

Medical Treatment visa

Subclass 602
This temporary visa is for people to travel to or remain longer in Australia for medical treatment or to support someone needing medical treatment who holds or has applied for this visa. It is also for people who are donating an organ.
  • ​​You can come to Australia for medical treatment or to support someone needing medical treatment.
  • You can stay in Australia until the treatment plan or consultations are finished.
  • You can study for up to 3 months (or longer, if you meet the exemption criteria).
Stay

Temporarily

Cost

Free if you apply from outside Australia or represent a foreign government; AUD315 for applicants who apply from within Australia

Processing Time
  • 75% of applications: 35 days
  • 90% of applications: 59 days

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