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This page provides information on the most common Visitor and Transit visa types for applicants in China and Mongolia. For more information, use the Visa Finder to explore all visa options for visiting Australia.
- Visitor visas (subclass 600)
- Transit visas (subclass 771)
- Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)
- Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602)
- eVisitor (subclass 651)
The Visitor visa (subclass 600) lets you visit Australia for tourism or business visitor activities for up to three, six or 12 months per visit. This visa cannot generally be used for staying in Australia longer than 12 months and cannot be used to establish ongoing residence in Australia.
You must not work in Australia on this visa. Be aware of Visitor visa work scams.
You can apply for this visa online at ImmiAccount. Every person who wishes to apply for a Visitor visa must make their own individual application.
If you are travelling with other people (such as family members, colleagues, friends or as part of an organised study tour), we recommend that you lodge your applications together by selecting the ‘Group processing’ option in ImmiAccount and choosing the appropriate group type.
For more information on online group lodgement please see Frequently Asked Questions: online visa lodgement for groups in China.
IMPORTANT: All Visitor visa applicants under 18 years of age must provide evidence that their parents or legal guardian(s) consent to the grant of the visa.
This visa has five streams. You should apply for the appropriate stream depending on your intended activities in Australia. Further information about each stream is available by clicking on the links below:
Tourist stream: for people travelling to Australia for a holiday, recreation or to visit family and friends.
- Please note that a visa with a 3 month stay period and 1 year validity period meets the requirements of most Tourist visitors to Australia.
All applicants under 18 years of age must provide evidence that their parents or legal guardian(s) consent to their travel to Australia on a Visitor visa.
The Transit Visa (Subclass 771) lets you transit through Australia for no longer than 72 hours if your 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.
For more information see: Transit Visas
The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) lets you visit Australia for tourism or business purposes for up to three months per visit.
Only eligible passport holders can apply for an ETA. People’s Republic of China (PRC) passport holders are not eligible to apply for an ETA.
Most eligible passport holders can apply for an ETA online at Electronic Travel Authority or can use a travel agent to apply for this visa.
If you reside in mainland China and cannot apply for an ETA online, or you receive a ‘refer to Embassy message’ you should submit your ETA request to an Australian Visa Office through the Immigration Enquiry Form (select Electronic travel authority (ETA) as the type of enquiry). Attach the following documents to help us assess your ETA request as quickly as possible:
- Completed Electronic Travel Authority additional information form
- Bio-data page of your passport, including National ID number
- For children under 18 years of age, you should also provide a birth certificate, evidence of parental consent, parents' contact details and identification.
For more information on this visa, see Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 601)
The Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602) lets you travel to Australia for medical treatment or medical consultations.
For more information on this visa, see: Medical Treatment visa (Subclass 602)
The eVisitor (subclass 651) lets you visit Australia for tourism or business purposes for up to three months per visit. Only eligible passport holders can apply for an eVisitor.
PRC passport holders are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor.
For more information on this visa see: eVisitor (Subclass 651)
Page Last Updated 18 June 2019