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Visas for Australians travelling overseas

Visas for Australians travelling overseas

A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country or territory.

We don’t issue visas for overseas travel and can’t provide specific information on foreign visas. Only the destinations you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the destinations you're visiting well in advance of travel. Not all destinations have representation in Australia.

Australia has reciprocal working holiday visa programs with many destinations. Australians can travel visa-free to some destinations, including the Schengen Area in Europe, depending on the purpose and length of travel.

Get all the appropriate visas you need before your travel, including transit visas where needed. Many visa types require you to be in Australia to apply. Make sure you provide all the information required when applying for visas and understand the visa conditions.

The Australian government is unable to intervene in any cases in which an Australian has been refused a visa or denied entry.

The validity and type of visa issued must be strictly adhered to. Overstaying your visa or breaching the conditions may result in a fine or legal action, and future problems with authorities.

Remember that if there is a problem with your visa, deportation is at your expense.

Read more about visas on Smartraveller.

Passport validity

Many countries and territories require you to have at least six months validity remaining on your passport. Immigration authorities may refuse entry if you arrive with less than this. Renew your passport before travel or check with the diplomatic mission of the destination concerned in Australia, or your local travel agent, whether this rule applies.

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