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Visitor Visas

Overview

Visitor Visas

There are a range of visa options to choose when planning a visit to Australia. Whether you are visiting for holidays, to visit friends or family, or are a frequent traveller, there are a number of options available.

The Visitor visa (subclass 600) lets you visit Australia for tourism or business visitor activities. There are two streams which can be applied for at an Australian Visa Application Centre outside Australia:

Tourist stream

For people who want to visit Australia temporarily for a holiday, recreation or to visit relatives or friends.

Business Visitor stream

For applicants seeking to engage in business visitor activities including:

  • making general business or government enquiries,
  • contract negotiations,
  • government visits
  • attending conferences, seminars, job interviews or professional examinations.

If you are intending to do short-term work in Australia, you should apply for the new Temporary work (short stay specialist) visa (subclass 400).

Certain passport holders are also eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or eVisitor.See:

https://china.embassy.gov.au/bjng/DIMA0301.html

Online Visa Application Lodgement Service- Applying for a 3-Year Visitor Visa

Applicants who use this service may be eligible for a 3-year validity Visitor Visa (Tourist Stream), provided they satisfy all requirements of Australian migration legislation for a visa to be granted. This service with 3-year validity feature is intended for Chinese passport holders with usual residence in mainland China.

Click here for more details.

Online Simplified Chinese Lodgement Service

This service is available for Chinese nationals residing in Mainland China who wish to apply for a Subclass 600 Visitor Visa using Simplified Chinese language.

This service is only available for applicants outside Australia who are PRC passport holders residing in the PRC. It is only for tourism or other recreational activities (holiday, sightseeing, social or recreational reasons or to visit relatives or friends), not business visitor purposes.

This form should not be used by people with other Australian visa applications pending or APEC Business Travel Card holders.

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for more details

Click here to fill in the online simplified Chinese form.

Priority Consideration (Fast-Track) Service for subclass 600 Visitor visa applications in China

Visitor visa applicants who hold a passport from the People's Republic of China, and who are applying for a Visitor visa from within China, might be able to apply for the Priority Consideration (Fast-Track) service, which is a premium service providing priority processing for a fee. 
More information about this service is available at: http://china.embassy.gov.au/bjng/VisitorVisaPriorityServiceFAQ.html

Trial of a 10-year 'Frequent Traveller' Visitor visa for Chinese applicants

From 12 December 2016 a trial of the new 10-year ‘Frequent Traveller’ Visitor visa will commence for holders of passports from the People’s Republic of China who are applying from within mainland China.

This visa complements existing visitor visa products and is suited to travellers from China who have committed long term plans for frequent short-term travel to Australia. The 10-year ‘Frequent Traveller’ visa allows a stay in Australia for up to three months per visit, with multiple entries permitted. Visa holders will be allowed a cumulative stay of no more than 12 months in any 24 month period.

Chinese passport holders who wish to apply for the Visitor visa (subclass 600) ‘Frequent Traveller’ Stream visa need to first make an appointment to provide biometrics identifiers (fingerprints and photograph) at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in China before lodging an application. The visa will be available on Department of Home Affairs website only.

Appointments for biometrics collection at an AVAC can be made through AVAC website.

See: here (Choose Biometrics as the visa type)

AVAC will charge a service fee for the collection of biometrics and, if sought, assisted online lodgement. Applicants are required to bring the original passport and a black and white photocopy of passport for biometrics collection.

This visa has been introduced as a trial and therefore numbers are limited. Travellers should weigh up if this is the most appropriate visa option for them.

For FAQ for the ‘Frequent Traveller’ Stream visitor visa, see: here

For Biometrics Collection Guide for the ‘Frequent Traveller’ Stream visitor visa, see:

Biometrics will be collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that captures a facial image with a digital camera and a 10-digit fingerprint scan with a digital finger scanner.

To view a short video on how biometrics are collected – please click here

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  1. Your face must be clearly visible for a photograph to be taken. This means that you cannot:

    • have hair that covers the eyes
    • wear a hat or scarf or any other item that obscures the face, hair or neck (with the exception of religious head coverings detailed below).
    • if you wear a head or neck covering for religious reasons you must ensure your face is clearly visible, from the bottom of your chin to above your eyebrows including both cheeks. If possible both ears should also be displayed. You may also need to remove your glasses when the photograph is taken.
  2. If you have cut or damaged your fingertips, you should inform the Australian Visa Application Centre when the injury has healed.
  3. If you have a temporary decoration, such as Mehdi, you should advise the Australian Visa Application Centre whether a scan will be possible.

Applicants who are under 5 years of age, persons incapable of providing consent, or those physically unable to provide a fingerprint scan, will only need to provide a facial photograph.

Presences of parent or guardian are required for the less than 16 years of age applicants at the time of Biometric data submission at AVAC.

More information on biometrics collection is available at the following links:

Biometrics Collection

Biometrics FAQ

Visa Fees

Visa Category Base Visa Application Charge (AUD) Base Visa Application Charge (RMB) Additional Application Charge – Over 18 (AUD) Additional Application Charge – Over 18 (RMB) Additional Application Charge – Under 18 (AUD) Additional Application Charge – Under 18 (RMB)
Visitor(Subclass 600) - Tourist 145 680 / / / /
Visitor(Subclass 600) - Business Visitor
Visitor(Subclass 600) Tourist /Business Visitor
Priority Consideration Fee
1000 4680
Frequent Traveller (10 year) Visitor* 1065 4980

*Frequent Traveller (10 year) Visitor Visa can only be applied online.

Fees updated effective from 01 January 2019

Kindly click Visa Pricing Table to know the visa price in “Visa pricing estimator”

How to Submit

  • Apply online

    Eligible passport holders (including People’s Republic of China) can apply for a Visitor visa online at http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa/immi

  • Apply at your nearest Australian Visa Application Center (AVAC)  

    AVAC will charge a service fee for visa application lodgement. This is in addition to Visa Application Charges. The service fee can be paid in CNY by Cash (in person at the AVAC)

    Primary Client/Applicant Fee
    Application lodgement and biometric collection – Primary applicant CNY 193
    Biometric collection only CNY 183
    Resident Return visa applications – no biometric required CNY 193


    Secondary Client/Applicant Fee
    Application lodgement and biometric collection – Secondary applicant CNY 164
    Citizenship by Descent CNY 164
    Additional document submission – if not accompanied by a letter from the Visa Office CNY 164

    For applicants’ convenience, VFS provides additional services to support applicants in the process of their visa application with VFS. Please click here.

  • Apply by mail or courier

Photo Specifications

One passport-sized photograph (please attach to the form) against a plain white background. NB - ID photos that have been digitally enhanced or altered to improve or change appearance or remove distinguishing features are not acceptable. As the photos are required for identity purposes, if they do not represent your true appearance, your visa application may be delayed if you need to be asked to provide new photos. The photos should also meet normal passport size and pose (front on head and shoulders, no facial coverings or sunglasses).

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