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IAS 2023



Visa information for Australia

Please note that it is the delegate’s responsibility to investigate visa requirements for Australia and apply for a visa, if necessary. Delegates are advised to apply for their visa at least three months before travelling to Australia to ensure adequate processing times (that is, no later than the end of April 2023 for conference delegates).

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All travellers, except citizens of New Zealand, must obtain a visa or electronic travel authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. To enter Australia as a visitor, please review and follow the steps listed on this page.

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Step 1

Familiarize yourself with Australia’s border and entry requirements. For further information, see Entering and leaving Australia.

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Step 2

Explore which kind of visa you should apply for to enter Australia here. Once you have identified the visa you require, use the links below to apply for the relevant type of visa:

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Please note that visa applicants outside of Australia will need to provide biometrics at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) or an Australian Biometrics Collection Centre (ABCC) if they apply for a visa that is part of the biometrics programme or from a country that is part of the Australian biometrics programme.

Step 3

Allow time for the processing of your visa. Visa applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis and are handled by the Australian migration representatives of your country or a neighbouring country.

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The actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances, including:

  • Whether the applicant has lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents, and paid associated visa application charges

  • How promptly the applicant responds to any requests for additional information

  • How long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided

  • How long it takes to receive information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character and national security requirements

  • When the application is lodged taking the current global visa processing times into account

For more information about visa processing times, please see the website of the Department of Home Affairs.

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Australia’s COVID-19 and vaccination regulations

Information was updated on 15 November 2022.

From 9 September 2022, masks are no longer required on flights travelling to Australia.​

From 6 July 2022, all travellers should be aware that:

  • People entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status.

  • People entering Australia do not need to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration.

  • People leaving Australia will not be asked to provide evidence of their vaccination status.

  • Unvaccinated visa holders do not need a travel exemption to travel to Australia.

  • It is important to remember that airlines, vessel operators and other countries may have specific requirements that travellers must comply with.​

For any questions, contact the IAS 2023 Immigration support team at [email protected].