Visa Labels

Do I need a visa label in my passport?

No. Australian visas are recorded electronically. You do not need a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter or stay in Australia. If you want a visa label, you will need to ask for one and pay the Visa Evidence Charge (VEC).

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

Will I get a visa label in my passport?

No. Australian visas are recorded electronically.

​If you want a visa label, you must pay an additional charge.

Why is there a charge for a visa label?

Australia is now visa label-free. This means you do not need a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter or stay in Australia.

It is now Australian Government policy to charge for visa labels.

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

How will I know I have been issued a visa if I don’t have a visa label?

We will send you a visa grant notification letter if we grant you a visa. This letter will explain the conditions of the visa, including any entry requirements.

You should keep this letter with your passport when you travel to and from Australia. Keep it in a safe place when you are not travelling.

How do I check if I have a valid visa if I don’t have a visa label?

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

Your visa details are attached to the passport information you gave us in your application and are linked to this passport in our systems.

To login to VEVO, you will need your passport and personal information, plus one of the following:

  • a Transaction Reference Number (TRN) – we give you a TRN if you applied for your visa online
  • a visa grant number – you can find this on your visa grant notification letter
  • if you are in Australia, a password for you to use VEVO
  • for your convenience, if you have an existing visa label in your passport, you can use the visa evidence number from the label.

If I get a new passport, do I need to pay for a new visa label?

If you have been issued with a new passport since your Australian visa was granted, you must notify us of your change of passport details to ensure that your record is up-to-date.

UseForm 929 and return the completed form to the office where you lodged your application or if your visa has been granted, to the nearest office of the department.

Australia is now visa label-free. This means you do not need a visa label in your new or replacement passport to travel to, enter or stay in Australia.

However, if you do request a replacement visa label you will need to pay.

How will other people know I have been issued a visa if I don’t have a visa label?

With your permission, your visa status and entitlements can be checked online using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system by organisations such as:

  • employers
  • labour hire companies
  • road and traffic authorities
  • education institutions
  • banks and other organisations.

Agencies such as Medicare and Centrelink may also be able to check your visa status online.

Do you share visa information with other Australian government agencies?

The department provides visa information to a number of agencies to support their eligibility and enrolment processes.

For example, the Department of Human Services can access visa information at the beginning of the Medicare enrolment process. Or when you apply for a tax file number online the Australian Taxation Office’s electronic system are able to verify you visa details in real time.

How will my visa be checked at the airport without a visa label?

When you check-in to fly to Australia, airline staff will electronically confirm that you have a valid visa to travel to Australia before you board the plane.

This happens even if you have a visa label in your passport.

How will other countries know I have a valid Australian visa if I don’t have a visa label?

Foreign governments are aware that Australia does not require a visa label. Most people now travel to Australia without an Australian visa label in their passport.

Usually government officials of other countries do not need to know that you have a valid visa because airline staff confirm your visa status before allowing you to board the plane.

It is your responsibility to confirm other countries’ visa exit and transit requirements.

Which countries accept visa label-free travel?

Label-free travel is now widely accepted. Most countries accept label-free travel.​

The Australian Government cannot give advice about other countries’ travel or visa requirements. You should check with any relevant foreign government authorities prior to any travel.

Further information, including local arrangements relating to visa labels, is available from Immigration Offices Outside Australia.

What if I still need a visa label?

You can still get a visa label in your passport if you have an Australian visa.

UseForm 1405 Visa label request and payment (85 kB PDF).

Lodge the completed form at an Australian immigration office in Australia or if outside Australia an Australian diplomatic, consular or migration office.

If you post your application form, you need to:

  • keep a copy of your passport details page for your records
  • include the passport that you want labelled
  • include a self-addressed, pre-paid, registered envelope
  • have correctly completed Form 1405 Visa label request and payment (85 kB PDF).

If you are not the visa holder, or a parent or guardian of the visa holder, you will need written authorisation from the visa holder to ask for a visa label for their passport.

How much will a visa label cost?

Australia is now visa label-free. This means you do not need a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter or stay in Australia.

If you request a visa label, usually, the cost will be AUD70.

Can I pay for a visa label when I lodge my visa application?

Requests for visa labels will only be considered once your visa application has been finalised and you have been granted an Australian visa.

​However, Australia is now visa label-free. This means you do not need a visa label in your passport to travel, enter or stay in Australia.

Can I get a visa label for someone else?

If you are not the visa holder, or a parent or guardian of the visa holder, you will need written authorisation from the visa holder to ask for a visa label for their passport.

Must I pay for a visa label for each member of my family?

Australia is now visa label-free. This means you do not need a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter or stay in Australia.

If you request a visa label there is a charge for each visa label issued.

Must I pay for a visa label?

Australia is now visa label-free. This means you do not need a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter or stay in Australia.

If you request a visa label you will need to pay. This is known as the Visa Evidence Charge. There are some exemptions to the Visa Evidence Charge, for example, for certain refugee and humanitarian visas.

What do I need to know about visa labels?

  • You do not need a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter or stay in Australia. Confirm other countries’ travel and visa requirements with any relevant foreign government authorities before you travel.
  • You need to be granted and hold an Australian visa to enter or stay in Australia, unless you are an Australian citizen.
  • Keep a copy of your visa grant notification letter. This letter contains your visa grant number and other important information about your visa.
  • You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa status and entitlements.
  • Employers, schools, banks and other organisations may be able to check your entitlements online with your consent using VEVO. We may also share your visa information with some Australian Government agencies.

Last reviewed Monday 28 October 2013

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