FAQs

Q?

Do I need to apply visitor visa when I visit Australia?

A.

There are five visas for visiting Australia:

ETA (subclass 601):
if you are travelling to Australia as a tourist or for business visitor purposes and hold an eligible passport. You can apply if you are travelling to Australia as a tourist or for business purposes.

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China)
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan*
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom—British Citizen
  • United Kingdom—British National (Overseas)
  • United States
  • Vatican City.

*must not purport to be an official or diplomatic passport

Visitor Visa (subclass 600)

This visa lets you visit Australia to visit or for business visitor purposes for up to three, six or 12 months. You can apply

You might be able to get this visa if you are travelling to Australia:

  • as a visitor
  • for business visitor activities
  • to visit family
  • on a tour with a registered travel agent from the People’s Republic of China.

eVisitor (subclass 651)
This visa lets you visit Australia to visit or for business visitor purposes for up to three months at a time within a 12-month period.

eVisitor-eligible passports are citizen passports issued by the following countries:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom – British Citizen
  • Vatican City.

You are not eligible to apply for the eVisitor if your only passport is a British National Overseas, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject passport.

Medical Treatment visa (subclass 602)

This visa allows people to travel to Australia:

  • for medical treatment or consultations
  • to support someone needing medical treatment who holds or has applied for this visa
  • to donate an organ.

You might be able to get this visa to:

  • have medical treatment in Australia
  • donate an organ
  • support the person needing medical treatment. This person must hold or is applying for this visa.

Special Category visa (subclass 444)

This visa lets New Zealand citizens visit, study, stay and work in Australia.

You might be eligible for this visa if you:

  • are a New Zealand citizen who holds a New Zealand passport that is in effect and
  • meet specific health and character requirements

For more information: please contract our team. We are happy to help.

Q?

What is an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC)?

A.

The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) gives business people faster and easier entry into APEC economies.

With ABTC holders Benefits include:
  • Provides pre-cleared entry to up to 18 other economies, without the need to individually apply for visas or entry permits
  • Provides access to fast-track entry and exit lanes at major airports
  • Period  of stay up to 60 or 90 days
  • Five years validity

Who can apply?
  • You are an Australian passport holder
  • You have not been convicted of a criminal offence
  • You travel frequently to APEC economics
  • You are engaged in international trade and /or investment with APEC economies

APEC member
  • Australia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • People's Republic of China
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • The Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Thailand
  • United States
  • Vietnam

If you wish to apply for an APEC Business Travel Card, please contact us.

Q?

Can I claim a refund of the GST ?

A.

Yes. You can claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia. The refund applies only to goods you take with you as hand luggage or wear on to the aircraft or ship when you leave the country.

Q?

Can I bring food to Australia?

A.

It depends, please check the border website for more information.