Tourist Visa

Tourist Visa

About Tourist Visa

This visa has four streams:

Tourist stream: for people travelling to Australia for a holiday, recreation or to visit family and friends and for other purposes not related to business or medical treatment.

- If you are in Australia, your application must be made in Australia. If you apply for this visa in Australia, you must be in Australia to be granted the visa.

- If you are outside Australia, your application must be made outside Australia. If you apply for this visa outside Australia, you must be outside Australia to be granted the visa.

Business Visitor stream: for business people travelling to Australia for a short business visit. This includes making a general business or employment enquiry, negotiations or participating in a conference.

- You must be outside Australia when you apply, your application must be made outside Australia, and you must be outside Australia to be granted the visa.

Sponsored Family stream: for people travelling to Australia to visit their family. You must have a sponsor who might be asked to provide a bond.

- You must be outside Australia when you apply and you must be outside Australia to be granted the visa.

Approved Destination Status stream: for people from the People’s Republic of China who are travelling in an organised tour group.

- You must be in the People’s Republic of China at time of application and to be granted the visa.

What This Visa Lets You Do

This visa lets you come to Australia to:

- have a holiday or visit family and friends in Australia

- engage in business visitor activities while in Australia that do not include:

- working for or supplying services to an organisation or other person based in Australia

- selling goods or services directly to the general public.

The department will tell you how many times you can enter Australia on this visa:

- You might be allowed to enter only once. If so, you will need to apply for a new visa if you want to return to Australia again after you leave.

- You might be able to travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid, but the total time you spend in Australia cannot be more than the period of stay that you have been granted.

Who is This Visa For?

To be granted this visa, you must:

- meet health and character requirements

- have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Australia

- intend to do the activities in the stream you are applying for.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your period of stay, country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

You are able to organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.

Health insurance

You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.

We recommend that you take out health insurance each time you travel to Australia.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

Provide biometrics

You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.

Tourism Stream

You must also be able to show that you are travelling to Australia as a genuine visitor, for example as a tourist, for recreation or to visit your family and friends.

- If you apply in Australia, you must be in Australia when the visa is decided.

- If you apply outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when the visa is decided.

If you are visiting your family, we will tell you whether you need a sponsor or need to pay a security bond when you apply.

You could be asked to prove that you hold 12 months of health insurance cover.

Visitor visas for parents of Australians

Due to the length of the permanent Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 103) queue, and the desirability of family reunion, we might grant a more generous Visitor visa. You will automatically be considered for this if you are a parent or step-parent of:

- an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

- an eligible New Zealand citizen.

We will consider these applications on a case-by-case basis. We can grant visas that last up to:

- five years for parents outside Australia who are in the Parent (Migrant) visa (subclass 103)queue

- three years for parents outside Australia who have had a previous Australian visa and complied with the visa conditions, and either:

- have not applied for a Parent visa

- have applied for a Parent visa (subclass 103) but are not yet in the Parent visa queue

- 18 months for parents who have not previously travelled to Australia and either:

- have not applied for a Parent visa, or

- have applied for a Parent visa (subclass 103) but are not yet in the Parent visa queue.

The visa will have three extra visa conditions:

- Maximum 12 month stay in 18 months: You cannot stay in Australia for more than 12 months on any visit or for more than 12 months in any 18-month period.

- Health insurance: You must maintain fully comprehensive health insurance while you are in Australia. You could be asked to provide evidence of 12 months health insurance cover when you apply. Reciprocal health arrangements are not adequate to meet this requirement.

- No further stay: You cannot apply for a new visa while you are in Australia. You must leave Australia no later than the date on which your visa ends, except in extremely limited circumstances.

Business Visitor Stream

You must be able to show:

- your business background

- you will be doing a business activity listed below

- that you have a good business reason for  travelling to Australia

- that you will be doing one of the following business activities:

- making general business or employment enquiries 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.

You must be outside Australia when you apply and when the visa is decided.

You do not need a sponsor to apply for this stream.

Sponsored Family Stream

You must be able to show that:

- you are travelling to Australia as a genuine visitor

- you will visit your family

- you are sponsored by an eligible relative or an Australian government official.

Approved Destination Status Stream

You can apply for the Approved Destination Status stream if you:

- are a citizen of the People’s Republic of China

- are in the People’s Republic of China when you apply and when the visa is decided

- apply through an agent registered under the Approved Destination Status Scheme.

You do not need a sponsor to apply for this stream.

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