December 2016

Trial 10-year Frequent Traveller Visitor visa in China 

On 12 December 2016 a trial of the new 10-year ‘Frequent Traveller’ Visitor visa will commence for holders of passports from the People’s Republic of China who are applying from within China.

The visa will be valid for up to 10 years and will allow multiple short stays of up to three months for tourist or business visit purposes. The visa will complement existing visitor visas and will be suited to travellers from China who have known long term plans for frequent short-term travel to Australia.

Applicants will need to provide biometrics identifiers (fingerprints and photograph) at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in China before lodging an application online. Appointments for biometrics collection at an AVAC can be made through our service delivery partner’s website.

The visa has been introduced as a trial and therefore numbers are limited. The visa will be available online only and has a charge of AUD1000. The visa might be extended to other passport holders in the future. 

More information is available on the Australian Embassy in China website.