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Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. Indian citizens who wish to visit Australia for tourism purposes have to apply for a visitor visa (subclass 600).

The Visitor visa is designed for people who are not eligible for the e-Visitor or Electronic Travel Authority visa. This visa allows you to visit Australia, either for tourism or business purposes, for up to three, six, or 12 months.

TYPE OF TOURIST VISA

There are a variety of visas available to travelers to Australia.

The type of visa you should apply for depends on the length of your stay, your passport, and the purpose of your visit.

  • E-visitor (subclass 651)-This is a free visa for multiple visits to Australia for tourism or business purposes for up to three months at a time within 12 months.
  • Electronic travel authority visa (subclass 601) –This visa allows you to visit Australia as many times as you want, for up to a year, and stay for three months each visit.
  • Visitor visa (subclass 600) –The Visitor visa is designed for people who are not eligible for the e-Visitor or Electronic Travel Authority visa. This visa allows you to visit Australia, either for tourism or business purposes, for up to three, six, or 12 months.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility requirements of an Australia Tourist Visa are:

    • Have sufficient funds to support you.
    • Display intent to return to your home country.
    • Display the purpose of the visit
    • Show that you are in good health.
    • Display that you have a good character.
    • Show proof that you have no criminal records.
    • Not have any debts towards the Australian government.
    • Not accept or seek any jobs.
    • You cannot study using this visa.
    • Follow the laws of the country
    • If you are visiting family or friends, then you should show the letter of invitation.
    • If you are traveling the country, then you need to show your travel documents.
    • If you are visiting for medical purposes, then you should show the medical documents needed.

People who can apply for the Subclass 600 (Visitor) Visa are given in the table below:

    Stream type

        Who can apply

          Tourist stream (apply in Australia)

People who want to go to Australia to explore or visit family.The purpose cannot be business or medical treatment.

          Tourist stream (apply outside Australia)

People who want to visit Australia to explore or visit family.

          Sponsored family stream

People who want to visit family members in Australia.Family members sponsor the trip

Business visitor stream

People who want to visit Australia for business purposes.

          Approved Destination Status stream

Citizens from certain areas of ChinaThey are traveling with a tour organized by an approved travel agent.

            Frequent traveller stream

Citizens of the People’s Republic of China.They travel for personal or business purposes.

Documents Required

 Required documents for Australia Tourist Visa are:

  • Original Passport with 6 Months Validity from date of travel
  • Visa Application Form
  • 2 Photos: 35 X 45mm, white background, matt finish 80% face size
  • Covering letter mentioning details of applicants, passport details, travel details and who will bear expenses details
  • Pan Card or Adhaar Card Copy
  • Financial statements
  • Employment Proof and Pay Slips
  • Income Tax Returns
  • Hotel bookings or accommodation covering the whole duration of the intended stay
  • Flight reservation of return or round ticket
  • Marriage Certificate if married
  • Medical test results
  • X-ray examination
  • Personal cover letter
  • Travel Insurance

Applying Process

The application process to apply for a tourist visa for Australia is simple and organized. The Australian tourist visa comes under the category of the (Subclass 600) visitor visa. This is a short-term permit granted for the sole purpose of tourism. The whole procedure is right there online, and you do not need to visit the embassy with a hard copy of documents.
  • You can download the Australia ETA application online form from the government website of Australia.
  • You need to fill the form with correct details and submit it by paying applicable visa fees.
  • You will receive the Australia ETA visa within 2-3 days depending on the accuracy of your details via e-mail on the id mentioned by you in the form.
    Please note that since the Australian tourist visa is not in the physical form, you will simply receive an email with your visa details. Your visa will directly be linked to your passport number.
    It is necessary to make sure that you do not make any mistakes in the application process or submit fake documents. This may lead to visa rejection. To ensure that your visa is successfully obtained, it is suggested to consult visa services.

Cost of Applying for Australia Visit Visas

Australia tourist visa costs vary. It depends on the subclass you are applying to.
Some of the visa fees are given in the table below:

Sub class

Visa fees

Subclass 601

AUD20 (In Australian Dollar)

Subclass 651

Free

Subclass 600

Varies depending on the streams

Subclass 417

AUD485 (In Australian Dollar)

Subclass 462

AUD485 (In Australian Dollar)

Subclass 771

Free

The fee details of the various streams are given in the table below:

 

Streams

Fees (in Australian Dollars – AUD)

Tourist stream (apply in Australia)

365

Tourist stream (apply outside Australia)

145

Sponsored family stream

145

Business visitor stream

145

Approved Destination Status stream

145

Frequent traveler stream

1065

 Australia Visa Fee for Indian Citizens:

Visa Subclass / Note

Base Charge

Visitor Subclass 600 – For all streams except Frequent Traveler / 1a and 1b

140AUD

Visitor Subclass 600 – For Frequent Traveler

1,020AUD

e-Visitor (Subclass 651)

Nil

ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) / 1c

Nil

The Australian visa fee and other charges change regularly based on the norms set by the Australian government.

Note:
  • 1a Visitor Visa of the Subclass 600 features 5 streams.
  • 1b visa is for applicants who represent any foreign government. However, the visa charges are nil, but it requires supporting evidence.
  • 1c ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) applications are processed online and hence, they are subject to service charges.

Processing Time for Visit Visa

Australia tourist visa processing time for the subclass 600 Visitor visa Tourist stream, is from 48 hours to more than 33 days. However, it depends on factors such as the peak processing period and completed application form with all the necessary supporting documents.

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