Visa and immigration requirements

Australia welcomes millions of overseas visitors each year. Anyone who is not an Australian citizen needs a valid visa to enter and spend time here.

There are different visas for family and skilled migrants, tourists, business people, sports people, students and others. Many visas can be applied for online, and the Electronic Travel Authority can be applied for through travel agents and airlines. New Zealanders are granted an electronic visa on arrival in Australia.

Did you know?

Australians and New Zealanders are free to visit, live and work in either country without restrictions. Freedom of travel is facilitated through the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangements of 1973.

Last Updated: 23 January 2015
A close-up picture of a female customs officer.
(Department of Immigration and Border Protection)