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Visitor visa (subclass 600)

There are a range of visa options to choose when planning a visit to Australia.  Whether you are visiting for holidays, to visit friends or family, or are a frequent traveller, there are a number of options available.

The Visitor visa (subclass 600) lets you visit Australia for tourism or business visitor activities. Tourism includes holidays, recreation and seeing family or friends. Business visitor activities may include attending a conference, negotiation or an exploratory business visit.

The 10-year Frequent Traveller visitor visa is suited to travellers from China who have committed long term plans for frequent travel to Australia. This visa allows multiple short stays of up to three months for tourist or business visit purposes. Applicants need to provide biometrics identifiers (fingerprints and photograph) at an AVAC in China before lodging an application online. Appointments for biometrics collection at an AVAC can be made through our service delivery partner’s website: http://www.vfsglobal.cn/australia/china/. The visa will be available online only and has a visa application charge of AUD1000.  

If you are intending to do short-term work in Australia, you should apply for the new Temporary work (short stay specialist) visa (subclass 400).

For more information about visa options, please use the Department's Visa Finder, or visit our main website Visitors pages.

See: Visitor Visa (Subclass 600)

Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)

The Electronic Travel Authority lets you visit Australia for tourism or business purposes if you hold a passport from a certain country. Chinese passport holders are not eligible to apply for an ETA.

Tourism includes holidays, recreation and seeing family and/or friends.

Business purposes may include attending a conference, negotiation or an exploratory business visit.

You cannot work for or provide services to a business or organisation in Australia or sell goods or services to the public. If you are intending to carry out short-term work in Australia you should apply for the new Temporary work (short stay activity) visa (subclass 400).

More information on eligibility for this visa is available in English on the department’s website.
See: Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 601)

Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602)

The Medical Treatment visa is designed to allow patients to travel to Australia for medical treatment or medical consultations.

The Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602) is a temporary visa. You can be in or outside of Australia when you lodge your application for this visa.

See: Medical Treatment visa (Subclass 602)

eVisitor (subclass 651)

eVisitor lets you visit Australia for tourism or business purposes if you hold a passport from a certain country. Chinese passport holders are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor.

More information on eligibility for this visa is available in English on the department’s website.
See: eVisitor (Subclass 651)

Transit Visas (subclass 771)

Transit Visa (Subclass 771): for travellers who intend to remain in Australia no longer than 72 hours and can demonstrate that the principal purpose of entering Australia is either to (i) pass through Australia in transit to another country, or (ii) pass through Australia to join a vessel as a crew member. See: Transit Visas

Maritime Crew Visa (MCV): for foreign sea crew.
See: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/988-

Further Information

For information on visas not featured on this website, and for more information on those that are, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website. See: www.border.gov.au

 

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Page Last Updated 9 December 2016