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Visitor Visa

Overview

All people visiting Australia, except Australian and New Zealand citizens, need a visa to visit Australia, regardless of the purpose of the visit.

Some nationalities are eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)( subclass 601) or an eVisitor (subclass 651) visa online or through travel agents or airlines – see Online Application. Singapore passport holders are eligible for an ETA and are also eligible for a Long Validity Visitor visa (see below).

Note that these online visas, whilst they allow tourism and business-related visits, do not permit work of any kind, no matter how short. All nationalitiesseeking to engage in a work-related activity, even for a few days, should read the information about the Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) visa ( subclass 400).

For all other nationalities seeking to visit for tourism or business visitor activity, the Visitor visa (subclass 600) is available. There are two streams for this visa that can be applied for outside Australia:

TOURIST STREAM

For people to visit Australia temporarily for a holiday, to visit relatives or friends or for other short-term non-work purposes, such as informal study for less than three months and for amateur sporting purposes.

Nationals of certain countries can now apply for this visa online – see: Online lodgement arrangements for subclass 600

All other nationals must make a paper application.

BUSINESS VISITOR STREAM

For applicants seeking to engage in business visitor activities including:

  • attending meetings, conferences and seminars
  • business or contract negotiations
  • business exploration, job interviews, investment
  • undertaking professional examinations or attending job interviews
  • making general business or government enquiries
  • government visits

The Visitor  visa (subclass 600) does not permit supplying goods or services, nor other work of any kind, other than the business activities indicated above. If your proposed activity involves working in Australia, even for a brief period, see the information about the Temporary Work (Short Stay Specialist) Visa (Subclass 400).

Nationals of certain countries can now apply for this visa online – see: Online lodgement arrangements for subclass 600

All other nationals must make a paper application.

If you are not eligible to apply online for an ETA or eVisitor, or online for a Visitor Visa (subclass 600), a paper application for the Visitor Visa (subclass 600) application may be lodged in Singapore at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC). For more information, including eligibility requirements and the application checklists, please see the above tabs.

Domestic Helpers - Note that domestic helpers accompanying their employers on holiday may apply for a Visitor (subclass 600) visa. Please read the Domestic Helper Information form before submitting an application.

Long validity visitor visa for Singaporeans

The Visitor visa (subclass 600) – long validity option allows holders of a Singapore passport to apply for a visa that allows multiple entries and has a validity period of up to six (6) years. For more information about this visa option, please see: Visitor visa (subclass 600 – long validity option - Singapore.

Applicants must make an appointment to lodge a long validity Visitor visa. At the appointment, they will be required to enrol their biometrics and will be provided with assisted online visa application lodgement at the AVAC.

Visa Fee

Visa Category Visa Fee in AUD Visa Fee in SGD Additional Applicant Charge (18 years and above) in AUD Additional Applicant Charge (18 years and above)  in SGD Additional Applicant Charge (Under 18 years old) in AUD Additional Applicant Charge (Under 18 years old) in SGD
Tourist Stream (subclass 600) 140 154 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
Business Visitor Stream (subclass 600) 140 154 Not applicable Not applicableNot applicable Not applicable
Long Validity (subclass 600) visa 135 150 Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

*Fees updated effective from 1 January 2016.

How to pay for your visa

Cash and locally-issued bank drafts (Payable to “AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION”) NB. Bank drafts drawn on overseas banks outside Singapore will not be accepted as there are delays in clearance and additional Application Fees involved.

Primary Client/Applicant Fee
Application lodgement and biometric collection – Primary applicant SGD 55
Biometric collection only SGD 52

 

Secondary Client/Applicant Fee
Additional document submission – if not accompanied by a letter from the Visa Office SGD 39

How to pay Service Fee

Cash and locally -issued bank drafts (Payable to “VFS SINGAPORE PTE LTD”)

Note: Both visa application charge and service fee must be made together when lodging an application.

When granted an Australian visa you are issued with a visa grant notice that explains the conditions of the visa including period of validity and entry requirements. You are advised to carry this visa grant notice for your own reference.

Australia's modern electronic visa system does not require you to have a visa label placed in your passport to confirm your immigration status and entitlements in Australia.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa status and entitlements. Your electronic visa details are linked to the passport information you gave us in your application. It allows you to check your visa details online and provides more information about your visa conditions and entitlements than a label.

myVEVO provides greater access and flexibility for visa holders. It enables them to view and email their work and study conditions wherever they go or email employers or education providers an official record of their visa details directly from their phone.

  • Users can log in to the app using a four digit PIN they create themselves. This is easier to remember than other Departmental issued client identifiers.
  • Visa holders can also easily check their visa expiry date, which is useful for visitor visa holders while on holiday or travelling.
  • Users can download and find out more information about myVEVO from their app store: Apple or Android.

Documents Required

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Photo Specifications

One passport-sized photograph (please attach to the form). 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).

Photospecification

Processing Time

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