Here you’ll find answers to the most common questions about visas, the different types and how to apply for them in Australia.
You’ll also find a list of countries that don’t require a visa or provide visa on arrival for Australian passport holders, as well as other helpful links in the visa links for Australian travellers section below.
For more information about visas for New Zealand, UK, USA and Canada passport holders, see our visa links for other passport holders information at the bottom of this page.
- Do I need a visa to travel to another country?
- What types of visas are there?
- Are there other types of visas available?
- How do I get a visa on arrival?
- How do I get a visa before I leave?
- How much does a visa cost?
- Visa links for Australian travellers
- Visa links for other passport holders
Do I need a visa to travel to another country?
It depends on your passport and which country you are visiting. Some countries don’t require a visa, others will provide a visa on arrival, and others will require you to obtain a visa before arrival.
Important: Make sure you check the visa details of the countries you are visiting well in advance of travelling. For some countries, obtaining a visa can take several weeks.
What types of visas are there?
There are typically two types for travellers: visa on arrival and pre-arranged at your home country before leaving.
Visa on arrival: You do not need to apply for this type of visa. Your passport will be stamped with a visa on arrival at the airport.
For some countries you will need to meet certain criteria, such as an onward-bound ticket departing within a month. Check each country’s visa information for details. See links below.
Pre-arranged visa: You will need to apply for this type of visa and have your passport stamped before you arrive in the country you are visiting.
Are there other types of visas available?
Many countries offer a variety of other visa types such as transit visas (if you’re simply passing through a country), as well as visas for business people, students and those on working holidays. See the relevant country’s embassy website for more information.
How do I get a visa on arrival?
Provided you meet the particular country’s requirements, your passport will be stamped with a visa on arrival when you arrive at an immigration checkpoint (air, land or sea).
Important: If you do not meet these requirements, you may be refused entry, so be prepared. Some countries are stricter than others.
Be sure that you check the country’s requirements carefully. Requirements vary but may include a confirmed return ticket within a defined period, proof of funds and/or others.
You may also be required to pay a fee before entering the country. Be sure to check the currency that they accept and that you have this with you.
Many countries will also require that your passport is valid for at least six months from arrival.
Make sure that the source of the information is reputable (such as the country’s official embassy website) as requirements can change.
How do I get a visa before I leave?
You will need to apply through the relevant country’s embassy or consulate in your home country. In some cases this can be done online.
Be sure to check and follow the requirements carefully to avoid delays.
How much does a visa cost?
This varies widely from country to country. Check the relevant country’s embassy website for more information.
Also be sure to check if the country requires an entry fee on arrival.
Visa links for Australian travellers
|Visa requirements for Australian citizens (Wikipedia page)||http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_Australian_citizens|
|Foreign embassies and consulates in Australia (official Government site)||http://dfat.gov.au/about-us/pages/foreign-embassies-and-consulates-in-australia.aspx|
|Lonely Planet destination guides||http://www.lonelyplanet.com/places|
|Visa information for visitors to Australia (official Government site)||http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1|
Visa links for other passport holders
|Visa requirements for New Zealand citizens (Wikipedia page)||http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_New_Zealand_citizens|
|Visa requirements for British citizens (Wikipedia page)||http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_British_citizens|
|Visa requirements for United States citizens (Wikipedia page)||http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_United_States_citizens|
|Visa requirements for Canadian citizens (Wikipedia page)||http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_Canadian_citizens|
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