How Much Is A Holiday Visa For Australia

If you are traveling to Australia you may require a holiday visa for Australia, these are valid for between three and six months. Each year over three million Australian visas are issued, so it is important that you check carefully whether or not you need a holiday visa for Australia.Holiday visas are issued to those who wish to travel to Australia. These visas are generally valid for up to 12 months and allow the holder to stay in Australia for a period of holiday. However, as with any visa, there are numerous conditions attached. This guide will help you understand these visas and consider whether they might be right for you.

Visas are financial permits and permissions issued by the jurisdiction country that an individual needs in order to enter their territory. Visas help to ensure border security and regulate the borders of different countries.

How Much Is A Holiday Visa For Australia

It is a million dollar question – How much money do you need to have to show to the Australian Immigration in order to have your visa granted?

Required funds for Australian visitor visa

If you call the Department of Home Affairs and want to enquire about required funds for visitor visa this is usually a script:

A: Hi, I would like to apply for visitor visa. How much money do I need to have?
D: You need to have at least AUD$1,000-1,500 if you apply to stay for one month.
A: But my air ticket will cost me at least AUD$2,000, are you sure?
D: Do not worry about the ticket. Have at least AUD$1,000-1,500 and that would be good for one month. If you have a relative, somebody to provide you with free accommodation, in that case you will need even less than that.

Please note that on the Department of Home Affairs website and in all their correspondence it is stated that „You should not rely on the Department’s advice but rather consult a Registered Migration Agent“.

We advise clients not to rely on the content of the Department’s website, because the published information is only general and may not be valid for your case.

Requirements for Australian visitor visa

I previosly wrote about the requirements for visitor visa – click here to find out more. Please note that you can meet all the general requirements and still do not get the visitor visa. It is all up to the government do judge your circumstances and whether you actually have some other motives besides simply visiting Australia.

By using a migration agent you can increase your chances of getting a visitor visa and avoid making the common mistakes with visitor visa application. Sometimes, mistakes in do-it-yourself application may influence the success of all your future visa applications. Therefore, it is always advisable to use the services of a migration agent especially if you are planning to later apply for any other type of Australian visa.

Application Charge Fees

If you apply for visitor visa subclass 600, the fee is $140 in case you apply from outside of Australia. If you want to extend your visa, the fee is $345. If you want subsequently to extend your stay again, you will need to pay $1,045.

An extension means that you need to apply for new visitor visa. With every new application you need to meet the requirements and hope that it will be approved.

Family members and their visitor visa

If you want to travel with your partner or your family to Australia, please be aware that every person needs to have a visa. That means that if a family of four wants to come to Australia and they need a visa, they need to apply for four visitor visas. The same applies if they want to extend their stay.

Rights with visitor visa

The visitor visa for Australia allows you to come to Australia for a holiday, short business trip or to visit family and friends.

This visa also allows its holders to:
• Study in Australia for up to three months.
• Work as a genuine unpaid volunteer, but only if an Australian resident would not otherwise be paid to do the work (you can be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses such as meals and accommodation).

Study in Australia while on visitor visa

If you already hold a visitor visa and you would like to apply for a short study course in Australia, please be free to contact us and we will gladly help you with the application. Also, our agency is at your disposal for enquiries about enrolment into the course, selection of the course, etc.

We offer consultation for people who want to cut their costs of application and need simply some guidance or would like an agent to look at their application and give some tips and/or advice prior to lodgement.

We also offer full service and super visa application service for clients from high-risk countries for which we usually prepare substantial documents and therefore increase their chances of approval.

TOURIST STREAM (APPLY FROM AUSTRALIA)​​

WHAT THIS STREAM LETS YOU DO

The cost of the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) – Tourist Stream (Apply from Australia) is currently $365AUD and you can stay for up to 12 months. Most processing times are within 26 days. With this visa you can:

  • visit family or friends
  • be here as a tourist, for a cruise or for any purpose except business or medical treatment
  • You can study or train for up to 3 months in total on this visa. But if your main reason for travelling to Australia is study, a student visa might be more appropriate.
  • You cannot work.
  • You will need a visa if you enter Australia during a cruise. If your cruise is a round trip cruise, the time you spend on the cruise counts as time spent in Australia – that is, we do not consider you have left Australia. A round trip cruise will not reset your stay period on your visa. Ask your cruise operator or travel agent if we consider your cruise to be a round trip cruise.

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE VISITOR VISA (SUBCLASS 600) – TOURIST STREAM (APPLY FROM AUSTRALIA)

To be eligible for the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) – Tourist Stream (Apply from Australia), you will need to demonstrate that you:

  • Meet the necessary health requirements.
  • Meet the necessary character requirements.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your trip.
  • Be a genuine visitor – This means you have the intention to visit Australia temporarily and only do the things that the visa allows you to do.
  • You must demonstrate that it is in the best interests of a child if you are under 18.

TOURIST STREAM (APPLY OUTSIDE  AUSTRALIA)​​

WHAT THIS STREAM LETS YOU DO

The cost of the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) – Tourist Stream (Apply outside Australia) is currently $145AUD and you can stay for up to 3, 6, or 12 months. Most processing times are within 26 days. With this visa you can: :

  • visit family or friends
  • be here as a tourist, for a cruise or for any purpose except business or medical treatment
  • You can study or train for up to 3 months in total on this visa. But if your main reason for travelling to Australia is study, a student visa might be more appropriate.
  • You cannot work.
  • You will need a visa if you enter Australia during a cruise. If your cruise is a round trip cruise, the time you spend on the cruise counts as time spent in Australia – that is, we do not consider you have left Australia. A round trip cruise will not reset your stay period on your visa. Ask your cruise operator or travel agent if we consider your cruise to be a round trip cruise.

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE VISITOR VISA (SUBCLASS 600) – TOURIST STREAM – APPLY OUTSIDE AUSTRALIA

To be eligible for the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) – Tourist Stream (Apply Outside Australia), you will need to demonstrate that you:

  • Meet the necessary health requirements.
  • Meet the necessary character requirements.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your trip.
  • Be a genuine visitor – This means you have the intention to visit Australia temporarily and only do the things that the visa allows you to do.
  • You must demonstrate that it is in the best interests of a child if you are under 18.
  • You must have adequate health insurance.
  • You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government.

SPONSORED FAMILY STREAM

WHAT THIS STREAM LETS YOU DO

The cost of the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) – Sponsored Family Stream is currently $145AUD (however the Department usually requests a security bond). You can stay for up to 3, 6, or 12 months. Most processing times are within 55 days. With this visa you can: :

  • visit family or friends
  • be here as a tourist, for a cruise or for any purpose except business or medical treatment
  • You can study or train for up to 3 months in total on this visa. But if your main reason for travelling to Australia is study, a student visa might be more appropriate.
  • You cannot work.
  • You will need a visa if you enter Australia during a cruise. If your cruise is a round trip cruise, the time you spend on the cruise counts as time spent in Australia – that is, we do not consider you have left Australia. A round trip cruise will not reset your stay period on your visa. Ask your cruise operator or travel agent if we consider your cruise to be a round trip cruise.

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE VISITOR VISA (SUBCLASS 600) – SPONSORED FAMILY STREAM

To be eligible for the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) – Sponsored Family Stream, you will need to demonstrate that you:

  • Meet the necessary health requirements.
  • Meet the necessary character requirements.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your trip.
  • Be a genuine visitor – This means you have the intention to visit Australia temporarily and only do the things that the visa allows you to do.
  • You must demonstrate that it is in the best interests of a child if you are under 18.
  • You must have a sponsor. Your sponsor can be either:
    • a family member in Australia
    • an Australian government official
    • If a family member wants to support you without becoming a sponsor, you can apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) Tourist stream. Provide a letter of invitation from your family member with your application.
  • You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government.

BUSINESS VISITOR STREAM

WHAT THIS STREAM LETS YOU DO

The cost of the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) – Business Visitor Stream is currently $145AUD. You can stay for up to 3 months. Most processing times are within 18 days. With this visa you can:

  • make general business or employment enquiries
  • investigate, negotiate, enter into or review a business contract
  • conduct activities as part of an official government visit
  • take part in a conference, trade fair or seminar. The organisers can’t pay you to take part
  • You can’t:
    • work for or provide services to a business or organisation based in Australia
    • sell goods or services directly to the public
    • If you want to do short-term work in Australia that isn’t a business visitor activity, consider applying for a temporary work visa.
  • APEC Business Travel Card holders
    • You might not need to apply for a visa to travel to Australia if you hold an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC). We consider you to have applied for a Visitor visa when you applied for the ABTC.
    • ABTC holders (other than New Zealanders) might be granted a Visitor (subclass 600) Business Visitor stream visa to visit Australia.  If you hold an ABTC with ‘AUS’ printed on the back, you can enter Australia for short-stay business visitor or tourism activities for as long as the ABTC is valid. The ABTC is valid for 5 years from the date we issue it.
    • If you apply for and are granted a separate visa, the visa associated with your ABTC will cease.

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE VISITOR VISA (SUBCLASS 600) – BUSINESS VISITOR STREAM

To be eligible for the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) – Business Visitor Stream, you will need to demonstrate that you:

  • Meet the necessary health requirements.
  • Meet the necessary character requirements.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your trip.
  • Be a genuine visitor – This means you have the intention to visit Australia temporarily and only do the things that the visa allows you to do.
  • You must demonstrate that it is in the best interests of a child if you are under 18.
    • Perform Business Activities. As a business visitor, you can:
    • make general business or employment enquiries
    • investigate, negotiate, enter into or review a business contract
    • conduct activities as part of an official government visit
    • take part in a conference, trade fair or seminar. The organisers can’t pay you to take part
    • You can’t:
      • work for or provide services to a business or organisation based in Australia
      • sell goods or services directly to the public
  • You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government.

APPROVED DESTINATION STATUS STREAM

WHAT THIS STREAM LETS YOU DO

This visa stream is for citizens from certain areas of China visiting Australia on a tour organised by an approved travel agent. This visa lasts for the time frame specified in your visa grant letter. The department will consider the length of your tour when we determine your stay period. The cost of the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) – Approved Destination Status Stream is currently $145AUD. You can stay for the period or until the date we specify in your grant letter. Most applications are granted within 4 days. With this visa you can:

  • can enter Australia with your approved tour group
  • can participate in activities that are part of your tour
  • must leave Australia with your tour group before your visa expires

ELIGIBILITY FOR THE VISITOR VISA (SUBCLASS 600) – APPROVED DESTINATION STATUS STREAM

To be eligible for the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) – Approved Destination Status Stream, you will need to demonstrate that you:

  • Meet the necessary health requirements.
  • Meet the necessary character requirements.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your trip.
  • Be a genuine visitor – This means you have the intention to visit Australia temporarily and only do the things that the visa allows you to do.
  • You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government.
  • It must be in the best interests of a child under 18.

FREQUENT TRAVELLER STREAM

WHAT THIS STREAM LETS YOU DO

This visa stream is for citizens of the People’s Republic of China who travel often to Australia for business or personal reasons.. The visa can be granted for up to 10 years. Stay up to 3 months each time you enter for up to 12 months in any 2 year period. The cost of the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) – Frequent Traveller Stream is currently $1065AUD. You can stay for up to 3 months at a time. Most applications are granted within 15 days. With this visa you can:

  • visit family or friends
  • be here as a tourist, for a cruise or a holiday
  • undertake business visitor activities

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