Visiting Australia

Who can travel to Australia during the coronavirus pandemic?

  1. An Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who is usually resident in Australia.
  2. Immediate family members (spouse, dependent child, legal guardian or parent) of an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia.
  3. Applicants who have a compassionate or compelling reason such as a close family member who is critically ill or who has sadly died in Australia.

What are my visa options for visiting Australia?

The type of visa you apply for will depend on the country of your passport, the duration of your proposed stay and whether you have any criminal convictions.

Subclass 651 visa for Australia

This visa enables British passport holders plus those from the European Economic Area to travel to Australia for stays of up to 3 months during each visit in the 12 months from the date the eVisitor is granted. Eligible passport holders also include Monaco, Republic of San Marino, Switzerland and the Vatican City. 

Subclass 600 visa for Australia

This visa is for applicants from non-European countries or British passport holders plus those from the European Economic Area who are seeking to stay longer than 3 months in Australia. This visa is also appropriate for applicants who have a criminal conviction as it will enable the DHA to assess your eligibility prior to travelling to Australia.

Who needs to apply for an exemption?

Applicants listed above in groups 2 & 3 need to apply for a visitor visa followed by an exemption. Visitor visa applications must be submitted individually on-line through an ImmiAccount followed by an application to be granted an exemption by the Border Force Commissioner. Evidence of holding an exemption must be presented to the airline at check in.  

Quarantine and vaccination requirements

Australian state and territory governments are responsible for determining and managing their own quarantine requirements for people entering from overseas. If you are a fully vaccinated Australian citizen, permanent resident, New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia or an immediate family member described above with a travel exemption, you may be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements on arrival in Australia. At least 7 days must have passed since the final dose of vaccine for you to be considered fully vaccinated otherwise quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Australia is mandatory. All passengers travelling to Australia will be asked to complete an Australian travel declaration at least 72 hours before departure. This requires you to upload your vaccination certificate and present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days of your scheduled departure to Australia (unless you have provided proof that you are exempt).

What are the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive from applicants?

•    How much funds do I need for visiting Australia?
•    Do I need to purchase a return ticket to Australia
•    Do I need a visa to visit Australia if I have a British passport?
•    Can I extend my tourism visa for Australia?
•    Can I visit Australia if I have a criminal conviction?
•    Should I take out travel insurance for my visit to Australia?
•    Will I have access to Medicare in Australia?
•    Can I undertake voluntary work whilst visiting Australia?
•    What type of business activities can I undertake whilst visiting Australia?

How can Concept Australia help me apply for a visitor visa for Australia?

We will assess your circumstances and advise which visitor visa best suits your needs and take responsibility for submitting your application to the DHA and exemption to the Border Force Commissioner. If you appoint Concept Australia to represent you, we will forward a checklist specifying documents required to complete and submit the applications for a visitor visa and exemption.

Costs

  • Subclass 651 visa plus exemption - £95 + VAT for a single applicant and partner (if applicable)
  • Subclass 600 visa plus exemption - £150 + VAT for a single applicant
  • Subclass 600 visa plus exemption - £200 + VAT for an applicant and partner

Further information

Further information
If you would like to know how we can assist you in obtaining a visitor visa and exemption for Australia, please telephone Concept Australia on 020 8315 6700.

Please note that Concept Australia is unable to assist applicants who have lodged their own applications for a visitor visa and exemption. If you are due to travel to Australia in the near future and are waiting for a decision you should contact the Global Service Centre in Australia regarding your visa status.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FAQ's

Incoming Passenger Card

Visitors arriving in Australia are required to complete and present an Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) at immigration clearance. The IPC is a legal document and you must disclose any current or previous criminal convictions or serious health problems. If you believe your conviction or medical history may result in you being refused entry to Australia you are strongly advised to apply for a subclass 600 visa and declare this information on your visa application form as this will enable the Department of Home Affairs to consider your personal circumstances in advance of your travel which will minimise the risk of being refused entry on arrival in Australia.

If I travel with family, can I include them in my visa application?

No. Each family member has to make a separate visa application even if they are included in your passport and do not hold any other passport.

 

Can I extend my tourism visa for Australia?

If you want to extend your stay in Australia for tourism purposes you can lodge an e600 visa and will be required to meet all of the following:

  • hold a substantive visa
  • not have condition 8503 'No further stay' imposed on your current visa or been granted an 8503 waiver
  • apply before your current visa has expired
  • meet all the eligibility criteria for the visa

 

 

When will I have to enter Australia?

Visitor visas when granted are usually valid for 12 months and during this period you can enter Australia and be able to remain for the authorised specified period which is usually 3, 6 or 12 months.

 

What are the benefits of using a MARA registered migration agent?

The decision to engage a migration agent is a personal choice which will depend on the complexity of your visa application and whether you are confident that you have fully understood all the rules and regulations which will be applied to your case.

If you do need assistance with the visa process, the Department of Home Affairs strongly recommend that you appoint an agent who is registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). A registered migration agent must satisfy a strict code of conduct and:

  • maintain current knowledge of migration law and procedure
  • keep a professional library with direct access to migration regulations via Legend
  • undertake continuous professional development in order to maintain knowledge of migration regulations and policy

 

An agent who is not registered with MARA cannot offer you any legal protection and is not accountable for his/her actions and therefore might:

  • make false claims about your chances of success
  • give you incorrect advice
  • have limited knowledge about current Australian visa legislation and procedures
  • increase your risk of being exposed to migration fraud
  • charge fees which are unreasonable and excessive.
Can I undertake voluntary work whilst visiting Australia?

In general a visitor visa does not allow you to work in Australia, however, you might be able to work as a volunteer if:

  • your main purpose in visiting Australia is tourism and the voluntary work is incidental to tourism
  • the work is genuinely voluntary and you are not paid for it, other than for meals, accommodation or out of pocket living expenses
  • the work would not otherwise be done in return for wages by an Australian resident.
Can I undertake business activities whilst visiting Australia?

You can engage in business visitor activities while in Australia provided you do not work for or provide services to a business or organisation and do not sell goods or services to the public.

Business visitor activities include:

  • making general business or employment enquiries
  • Undertaking research in preparation for a future business visa application
  • investigating, negotiating, signing or reviewing a business contract
  • activities carried out as part of an official government-to-government visit
  • participating in conferences, trade fairs or seminars, as long as you are not being paid by the organisers for your participation.

Visitor Visa Enquiry Form

If you are considering applying for a Visitor visa for Australia, please complete and submit the form below.This form is particularly relevant for applicants wishing to stay in Australia for a period of more than 3 months or who have criminal convictions and would like their circumstances to be assessed before making departure arrangements.

The information you provide will be treated in confidence and will not be stored onto a data-base or distributed to third parties.

Concept Australia will contact you to discuss your circumstances and to explain the visa process together with costs for submitting an application for a Visitor visa for Australia.





 

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