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About Visa Labels
On this page:
• Do I need a visa label in my passport to travel to Australia?
• Do I need a visa label in my passport to depart China?
• How will I know I have been issued a visa if I don’t have a visa label?
• How do I check if I have a valid visa if I don’t have a visa label?
• What if I still need a visa label?
Do I need a visa label in my passport to travel to Australia?
No. Australian visas are recorded electronically. You do not need a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter or stay in Australia. When you check-in to fly to Australia, airline staff will electronically confirm that you have a valid visa to travel to Australia before you board the plane.
The Australian Government cannot give advice about other countries’ travel or visa requirements. You should check with any relevant foreign government authorities prior to any travel.
If you want a visa label, you will need to ask for one and pay the Visa Evidence Charge (VEC).
Do I need a visa label in my passport to depart China?
From 1 October 2012, you no longer need a visa label in your passport to travel to Australia and the Ministry of Public Security have confirmed that Chinese and other nationals in the People’s Republic of China who have been granted an Australian visa without a visa label affixed in their passport will be allowed to depart China in the following circumstances:
- depart from an airport in mainland China travelling on a flight or flights directly to Australia and hold a boarding pass for their final flight to Australia, or a valid Australian visa label; or
- depart from an airport in mainland China travelling on flights indirectly to Australia but with appropriate transit authorisation (including visa grant letter and forward travel itinerary) in order to travel on a flight or flights to Australia, or
- depart mainland China transiting by land or ferry through the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in order to travel on a flight or flights to Australia.
If you are travelling from an airport in mainland China to Hong Kong (or an international transit destination) en-route to Australia, it is strongly recommended that you carry your visa grant letter and forward travel itinerary when you travel.
The Ministry of Public Security has also advised that any person granted an Australian visa, who intends to travel to Australia by transiting through the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR), by land or ferry, to board an onward flight, or flights, in the Macau or Hong Kong SARs, will not be eligible for visa label-free travel.
Australian visa holders who are transiting the Macau SAR will require a visa label and must provide evidence of confirmed travel from mainland China by land or ferry to the Macau SAR and confirmed onward flight bookings from the Macau SAR or Hong Kong SAR.
How will I know I have been issued a visa if I don’t have a visa label?
We will send you a visa grant notification letter if we grant you a visa. This letter will explain the conditions of the visa, including any entry requirements.
You should keep this letter with your passport when you travel to and from Australia. Keep it in a safe place when you are not travelling.
How do I check if I have a valid visa if I don’t have a visa label?
You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa status and entitlements.
Your visa details are attached to the passport information you gave us in your application and are linked to this passport in our systems.
To login to VEVO, you will need your passport and personal information, plus one of the following:
• a Transaction Reference Number (TRN) – we give you a TRN if you applied for your visa online
• a visa grant number – you can find this on your visa grant notification letter
• if you are in Australia, a password for you to use VEVO
• for your convenience, if you have an existing visa label in your passport, you can use the visa evidence number from the label.
Foreign governments are aware that Australia does not require a visa label. Most people now travel to Australia without an Australian visa label in their passport.
Usually government officials of other countries do not need to know that you have a valid visa because airline staff confirm your visa status before allowing you to board the plane.
It is your responsibility to confirm other countries’ visa exit and transit requirements.
What if I still need a visa label?
You can still get a visa label in your passport if you have an Australian visa. Requests for visa labels will only be considered once your visa application has been finalised and you have been granted an Australian visa.Use Form 1405 Visa label request and payment.
If you are in China, requests for a visa label can be made in person at any Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in China or by mail to the AVAC in Guangzhou.
If you want a visa label, you will need to pay the Visa Evidence Charge (VEC). See: Visa Pricing Currency Table
A service fee will be charged by the AVAC in addition to the scheduled Visa Evidence Charge.
Please click here for how to make payment.
If you post your application form, you need to:
• keep a copy of your passport details page for your records
• include the passport that you want labelled
• have correctly completed Form 1405 Visa label request and payment
If you are not the visa holder, or a parent or guardian of the visa holder, you will need written authorisation from the visa holder to ask for a visa label for their passport.
Page last updated: 6 July 2015