eVisitor (subclass 651)

Wednesday 1 November 2023


To apply for the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa, you must be outside of Australia. This visa is available for citizens of specific countries who hold a valid passport. The application process can be completed online.

With this visa, you can

With the eVisitor visa, you have the opportunity to visit Australia for various purposes:

  • Visit family or friends
  • Go on a cruise or have a holiday
  • Engage in business visitor activities
  • Study or train for up to 3 months (in certain circumstances)

It's important to note that if your main reason for traveling to Australia is to study, a student visa may be more appropriate. Additionally, if you plan to train at a childcare center, study to be a doctor, dentist, nurse, paramedic, or enter healthcare or hospital environments, you should apply for the Visitor (subclass 600) visa and complete the relevant health checks.

How long you can stay

The eVisitor visa is granted for a 12-month period. Each time you enter Australia, you can stay for up to 3 months. The visa allows for multiple entries, so you can leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you want within the validity period.


The eVisitor visa is free of charge. There is no application fee for this visa.

Processing times

The processing times for the eVisitor visa vary depending on the number of applications received. The processing times are as follows:

  • 25% of applications:
  • 50% of applications:
  • 75% of applications:
  • 90% of applications:

Your obligations

As a holder of the eVisitor visa, you must meet all visa conditions and obey Australian laws during your stay in Australia. It is important to familiarize yourself with the conditions attached to your visa and ensure compliance.

Health insurance

We recommend that you take out health insurance to cover any unforeseen medical treatment you may require while in Australia. As the visa holder, you are personally responsible for all healthcare costs incurred during your stay. Adequate health insurance can help limit your financial liability. Make sure to consider health insurance options for overseas visitors.

Reciprocal healthcare agreements

Australia has reciprocal healthcare agreements with some countries. These agreements provide certain healthcare benefits to eligible visitors. To find out more about reciprocal healthcare agreements, you can contact Services Australia.


With the eVisitor visa, you are allowed to travel outside of Australia and return as many times as you wish while the visa is valid. This flexibility allows you to explore other destinations and easily return to Australia.

Visa label

Once your eVisitor visa is granted, it will be digitally linked to your passport. You will not receive a physical visa label in your passport.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the eVisitor visa, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a valid passport from one of the eligible countries, such as Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Republic of San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, or Vatican City.
  • Meet the health requirement set by the Australian government.
  • Meet the character requirement set by the Australian government.
  • Do not owe any debts to the Australian government.
  • Intend to stay temporarily in Australia and obey all visa conditions.
  • Have enough funds to support yourself during your stay in Australia and the means to leave the country at the end of your visit.
  • Ensure that the visa is in the best interests of any applicant under the age of 18.

Applying for the visa

To apply for the eVisitor visa, you can submit your application online. Make sure to provide accurate information and double-check all details before submitting your application. This includes verifying your passport eligibility, entering your date of birth correctly, and ensuring your email address is accurate. Incorrect information may result in delays or a refusal of your visa application.

After you apply

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive confirmation that it has been received. If you do not receive an email within 12 hours, you can check the status of your application in ImmiAccount. There may be additional steps or requirements that you need to fulfill, so it's important to stay informed and follow any instructions provided by the Department of Home Affairs.

Coming to Australia

Before you travel to Australia, make sure you have a valid visa and a valid passport or travel document. Upon arrival, you will need to complete an Incoming Passenger Card. Once in Australia, you must comply with visa conditions and Australian laws. It is important to notify the authorities of any changes in your situation, such as a change in contact details or relationship status. If you have any questions or need assistance, you can refer to VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) for information about your visa and its conditions.

Leaving Australia

When leaving Australia, ensure that you have a valid passport or travel document. You may be able to use Departures SmartGate, an automated process that uses facial recognition technology and your ePassport, to expedite your departure from the airport. After you leave, you can request your international movement records to obtain proof of your travel to and from Australia.

For more information and detailed instructions on the eVisitor (subclass 651) visa, visit the official website of the Department of Home Affairs.

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