Individuals and Travellers

Visitor visa (subclass 600) Frequent Traveller stream

The Frequent Traveller stream is for people who travel frequently to Australia for a short visit for tourism, visiting family or friends or for business visit purposes. Business visit purposes includes making general business or employment enquiries, negotiations or participating in a conference.

The visa might be granted for a period of up to 10 years and has a higher visa application charge than the other Visitor visa streams.

The Frequent Traveller visa commenced in December 2016 as a trial for holders of passports from the People’s Republic of China, who are applying from within China. The visa is only available online.

The visa has been introduced as a trial and therefore numbers are limited. It might be extended to other passport holders in the future.

Note that this visa allows a maximum of three months stay on each visit to Australia. Parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents should consider existing arrangements in the Visitor (subclass 600) Tourist stream.

Before you apply

You can apply for this visa if you hold a passport from the People’s Republic of China, and are applying from within China. Applications can only be made online.

Before you apply you need to make an appointment for collection of biometric identifiers (photograph and fingerprints) at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in China. Once you have had biometrics collected at the AVAC you will be issued with a Visa Lodgement Number (VLN). You cannot lodge an application for this visa without a valid VLN.

More information about making an appointment for collection of biometrics at an AVAC in China is available on the Australian Embassy in China website. 

Note that this visa allows a maximum of three months stay on each visit to Australia. Parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents should consider existing arrangements in the Visitor (subclass 600) Tourist stream.

You should not apply for this visa if you i​ntend to visit for medical treatment or to transit through Australia.​

If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. In most cases, you and your family members must have valid passports to be granted this visa.

You might be able to update your passport details using ImmiAccount.

Cost

There is an application charge for this visa of AUD 1000. We do not usually refund the visa application charge if you apply for the 600 Frequent Traveller visa when you are eligible for a cheaper visa, or if the visa application is refused or withdrawn.

Other costs

You could have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments and police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements yourself.

What this visa lets you do

The visa lets you visit Australia multiple times for up to three months on each visit:

  • for tourism, visiting family and friends, or business visitor purposes
  • for multiple visits of up to three months stay on each entry.

The visa may be granted with a validity period of up to 10 years.

You may enter Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid.  However, you must not stay in Australia for more than 12 months in any period of 24 months.

Who could get this visa

To be granted this visa, you must:

  • hold a passport from the People’s Republic of China
  • meet health and character requirements
  • have enough money to support yourself during your stay in Australia
  • be genuinely intending to stay only temporarily in Australia.

You must be in China when you apply.

You must be outside Australia when the visa is decided.

You do not need a sponsor to apply for this stream. ​

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your period of stay, country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

You will be advised after you lodge your application whether you need to complete health examinations.

Health insurance

You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.

We recommend that you take out health insurance each time you travel to Australia.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You must be prepared to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age. Do not arrange for police certificates until we ask you to.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

Provide biometrics

You will need to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in China before lodging an application in this stream. More information is available on the Australian Embassy in China website.

Including family in your application

Family members who want to travel to Australia with you must lodge separate visa applications. You cannot include them in your application.​

How to apply

Applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) - Frequent Traveller visitor stream is a two step process:

Step 1: Provide your Biometrics and obtain your VLN

Make an appointment for collection of biometric identifiers (photograph and fingerprints) at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in China. When you have had biometrics collected at the AVAC you will be issued with a VLN. You cannot lodge an application for this visa without a valid VLN.

Step 2: Lodge your application online

You can apply for this visa online at: Application for a Visitor Frequent Traveller Visa.

Information to assist you with your online lodgement is available at ImmiAccount.

You must pay the visa application charge by credit card when you apply.

After you have applied

After you have lodged your application and documents, we will acknowledge that we have received your information.

You can track and manage your application using your ImmiAccount.

Wait for a decision

We have visa processing times for each visa.

Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.

Do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa.​

Provide more information

You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have, without contacting you further.

You might be able to provide additional information, including Form 1023, using ImmiAccount.

If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Report changes in circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount. If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.​​

You might be able to update your address and passport details using ImmiAccount.

Withdrawing your application

​You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include your file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

​​​All applicants 18 years of age or older, wishing to withdraw, must sign the request for withdrawal.​​​​​​

Visa decision

If the visa is granted, we will let you know:

  • when you can use the visa
  • the visa grant number
  • any conditions attached to the visa.​

If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any). Where applicable, your sponsor can apply for the decision to be reviewed
  • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

Document checklist

You must provide documents to support your application for this visa.

Use the relevant Document checklists - Visitor visa (subclass 600) to make sure your application is complete. ​

How long your visa lasts

When your visa is granted, we will tell you how long your visa lasts, which might be up to 10 years.

  • You will be able to travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid, but the time you spend in Australia cannot be more than the period of stay that you have been granted.
  • You will be able to stay in Australia for up to three months each time you visit.
  • You must not stay in Australia for more than 12 months in any period of 24 months.

What this visa lets you do

This visa lets you:

  • have a holiday or visit family and friends in Australia
  • 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).​
  • engage in business visitor activities while in Australia, provided you:
    • do not work for or provide services to a business or organisation in Australia
    • do not sell goods or services to the public.

Business visitor activities include:

  • making general business or employment enquiries
  • investigating, negotiating, signing or reviewing a business contract
  • activities carried out as part of an official government-to-government visit
  • participating in conferences, trade fairs or seminars, as long as you are not being paid by the organisers for your participation.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

Your obligations

You must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

  • You must not work in Australia (you might be allowed to work as an unpaid volunteer).
  • You must not study or train in Australia for more than three months.

No further stay

You cannot apply for a new visa while you are in Australia. You must leave Australia no later than the date on which your visa ends, except in extremely limited circumstances.

You must not remain in Australia after the period of authorised stay.

Report changes in circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change.  This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

Please report changes in your circumstances via ImmiAccount.  If you are not able to use ImmiAccount, you can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.​​​​​

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

You might be able to update your address and passport details using ImmiAccount.