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AUStralian travel visas

The following information has been supplied by the Australian Department of Home Affairs and is subject to change.
Please visit  for the latest information.

General information for visa applicants

Can I go to Australia?

Australian passport holders do not need a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders can travel to Australia without a visa and obtain a visa on arrival at the airport.

More information is in Entry requirements for New Zealand Citizens.

All other passport holders need the right visa to come to Australia. You also need to get your visa before you travel to Australia. You might also need a visa to transition through Australia to another destination.

Find the right visa

There are different visas depending on your travel purpose and length of visit. Each visa has conditions about what you can do in Australia. Having a visa to enter Australia does not automatically mean you can work, study or undertake other activities. Make sure you apply for the visa that matches what you want to do in Australia, and that you are eligible to apply for that visa.

Use our visa finder if you wish to visitstudy or work.

You may not be able to enter Australia if you do not meet our health and character requirements.

Meet our health requirements

You need to meet our health requirement to get a visa to enter Australia. This applies to both permanent and temporary visa holders. You must be free from a disease or condition that:

Meet our character requirements

We will not grant you a visa to enter Australia if there is a risk you will:

  • engage in criminal conduct
  • harass, molest, intimidate or stalk another person
  • vilify a segment of the Australian community
  • incite discord in the Australian community
  • be a danger to the Australian community

Learn more about meeting our character requirements.

Enter Australia with a criminal record

As part of your application for a temporary or permanent visa, we will check for any criminal records. You may need to provide a police clearance from your country and your other countries of residence to us.

You will not pass the character test if you hold a substantial criminal record. If you don't pass the character test, you will not get a visa to enter Australia.

New Zealand citizens, with any kind of criminal record, should check if you need to apply for a visa before you leave New Zealand. Contact the Australian High Commission in Auckland well before you intend to travel to find out if you need to apply for a visa.

Biometrics collection

You will need to provide your biometrics at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) or an Australian Biometrics Collection Centre (ABCC) if you apply:

  • for a visa that is part of the biometrics program
  • from a country that is part of our biometrics program

You can:

  • submit your visa application in person at the AVAC and provide your biometrics while you are there
  • apply online or by post. If we send you a letter to let you know we want your biometrics you must come into the AVAC or ABCC so we can collect them.

Find an AVAC or an ABCC

Applicants within Australia

We will tell you if you need to provide biometrics.

If you apply for a new visa that requires biometrics outside Australia and then enter Australia on a new visa that does not, we won't grant the new visa until you provide them.

Arrange the collection of your biometrics from the Department of Home Affairs office in the country you applied from.


What we collect

We will:

  • take a photo of your face with a digital camera
  • scan all 10 of your fingertips with a digital finger scanner

Applicants must have a parent or guardian with them if they are:

  • aged under 16
  • incapable of understanding biometrics collection

We don't collect fingerprints of children aged under 5. We only take their photograph.

Visa processing times

Information about visa processing times is available on the Department’s website:

Immigration clearance requirements

When you enter Australia, you need to show us your travel documents or passport. Your visa is electronically attached to the passport you used on your visa application. Make sure you bring a current, valid passport or travel document and any expired passports or travel documents linked to your visa.

SmartGates automatically process you through passport control at the border. They use facial recognition technology and your ePassport to check your identity.

You will need to complete and show us your Incoming Passenger Card.

You may carry an unlimited amount of cash into Australia but if you are carrying AUD10,000 or more you must declare it .

Your bags will also be checked for prohibited or restricted items.

Obligations of visa holders

You must comply with your visa validity and visa conditions while in Australia. When you receive your Australian visa, you are issued with a visa grant notice that explains the conditions of your visa (including your approved period of stay in Australia and your entry requirements). Your visa may be cancelled if you breach any of the conditions of your visa. You are advised to carry your visa grant notice when travelling for your own reference.

If your visa expires while you are still in Australia, you will become an unlawful non-citizen and may be detained and removed from Australia. You may also be subject to an exclusion period, which could prevent you from re-entering Australia. Information about your obligations as a visa holder is available on the Department’s website:

Travel sanctions

For information on countries subject to travel sanctions, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) website. Nationals of these countries may not be permitted to travel to and enter Australia. For further information about travel sanctions, please refer: