Australia, officially known as “the commonwealth of Australia” is the world’s smallest continent and sixth-largest country. The country's renowned wildlife, lush rain forests, national parks, scenic beaches, and deserts offer every tourist an enjoyable experience.
Do you have vacation plans in Australia? Here’s everything you should know about the Australian tourist visa.
People from India who would like to explore Australia as a tourist need to apply for a visitor visa, also known as Subclass 600, that permits them to enter Australia for a shorter period of time.
The validity of the Australian tourist visa is 12 months. In general, the Australian tourist visa permits Indian visitors to make multiple entries and stay in the country for a period of 3 months on every visit.
Follow these key steps to apply for an Australian tourist visa from India:
Step 1: Before you start the visa application process, make sure that you have a valid passport and meet all the health examinations if required.
Step 2:Gather all the required documents.
Step 3: Apply for the visa by creating an Immi account and filling out the application form. Once the account is created, you can submit all the documents.
Step 4: Make payment for the visa application. Your application will not be processed until you have paid the application fee
Step 5: Once your visa application form and documents are received by the authority, you will receive a confirmation. Submit your biometrics or additional documents if asked.
Step 6: You will receive your visa outcome. If you are granted a tourist visa, download a copy of the confirmation.
Every candidate will be charged an application fee worth AUD145. Additional costs for health exams, police certifications, and biometrics might also be charged. Please refer to www.immi.gov.au/fees-charges, for a comprehensive and up-to-date list of applicable fees and charges.
The processing time of an Australian visitor visa would be anywhere between 48 hours to 37 days. Refer to the table below to know about the average processing time of the visa applications:
|25% of the applicationsy||Less than 24 hours|
|50% of the applications||Six days|
|75% of the applications||26 days|
|90% of the applications||37 days|
If the visitor wishes to extend their stay in Australia, they can apply for an extension on their subclass 600 Visitor visa until and unless there is no 'NO further stay condition' imposed on their visa.
As per the latest news, starting from February 21, 2022, all Indians who are completely vaccinated can travel to Australia without any exemption. However, individuals who are unvaccinated must obtain an individual travel exemption.
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