Your Visa Options for Transiting through Australia

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There are times during your travel that you need to transit through Australia to get to your intended destination. There are specific conditions that you need to remember in such a case.

You are not eligible for just a transit visa if you intend to stopover in Australia and stay there for longer than 72 hours. Therefore, you need to get another type of visa.

Transiting through Australia

However, you do not need to get a transit visa if you:

  • Leave Australia within 8 hours of your scheduled arrival
  • Remain in the transit lounge at the airport while waiting for your onward flight
  • Have a confirmed onward booking, along with the necessary documentation to enter your intended destination.

Do take note that the arrangement for transiting through Australia without a transit visa only applies to citizens of certain countries. These countries include:

Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Vanuatu and Vatican City.

Other travelers that are covered in this arrangement are:

  • Taiwanese residents who hold a passport that has been issued by Taiwan authorities (other than passports that are official or diplomatic in nature)
  • Those who hold British passports
  • Those nationals of the People‚Äôs Republic of China and those holding Hong Kong (SAR China) passports
  • Those who hold diplomatic passports except nationals of countries such as Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Comoros, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Pakistan, Qatar, the Republic of Yemen, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Arab Non-National Passport Holders (ANNPH) or Taiwanese people who hold diplomatic or official passports.

Meanwhile, those who do not qualify for transit without a visa will have to apply for the Transit Visa (Subclass 771). The good news is that this is free of charge.

More about the Transit Visa

The Transit Visa enables a person to transit through Australia before they proceed to their intended destination. You will need to get this type of visa if you transit through Australia but do not qualify for a transit without a visa. Additionally, this visa is also for those individuals who travel through Australia in order to join a vessel or crew.

This Transit Visa is still necessary even if you stay at the transit lounge while waiting for your onward flight or even if you will be flying out on the same aircraft and be departing from the same airport where you arrived.

Once you are granted this visa, you can transit through Australia and stay there for up to 72 hours.

To know the visitor visa requirements for Australia, speak with any of National Visas registered migration agents who have the expertise on applying for any of the types of Australian visas. Completing the requirements is the first step to increasing your chances for getting a visa approval.

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