Transit visa (subclass 771)

Features

This visa lets you and your dependent children transit through Australia for no longer than 72 hours.​

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if:

  • you need to enter Australia on your way to another country
  • you need to pass through Australia for the purpose of travelling to join a ship as a member of the crew.

About this visa

The Transit visa (subclass 771) lets you transit through Australia for no longer than 72 hours if either:

  • you need to enter Australia on your way to another country
  • you are travelling to join a ship as a member of the crew.

You can include dependent children on your visa application if they are travelling with you on your passport.

You might not need to apply for this visa. Do I need a Transit visa contains more information.

What this visa lets you do

This visa lets you:

  • transit through Australia
  • enter and stay in Australia for no longer than 72 hours.

Before you apply

Your passport

If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. Your visa is linked to the passport number you used in your application and you need to use the same passport to travel to Australia.

Cost

There is no application charge for this visa.

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.

Visa applicants

This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a Transit visa (subclass 771).

Who could get this visa

You might be able to get a Transit visa (subclass 771) if you:

  • need to enter Australia on your way to another country
  • pass through Australia for the purpose of travelling to join a ship as a member of the crew
  • meet health and character requirements.

If you need to enter Australia on your way to another country:

  • you and your family members must have valid passports to be granted this visa
  • you must produce tickets or documents establishing arrangements for travel to a destination outside Australia.

If you are joining a ship as a crew member:

  • you and your family members must have valid passports to be granted this visa
  • you must produce tickets or documents establishing arrangements for travel to a destination outside Australia
  • you need to hold a valid Maritime crew visa (subclass 988)
  • you need to have acceptable travel documents such as a seafarer's identity document
  • you need to have a statement from the vessel's local shipping/handling agent.

The following details need to be supplied by the local shipping or handling agent:

  • your name
  • the name(s) of the people you are replacing
  • the name of the company employing you
  • the name of the ship you are joining
  • your date of arrival in Australia
  • the port and date you are expected to join the ship
  • if you are not the ship’s owner, a copy of the request for crew from the ship’s agent in Australia. The request should contain the details of the crew members applying for visas.

Your transit visa lets you to travel to Australia by air. If you arrive in Australia by air on a transit visa and hold no other visa (other than a Maritime crew visa (subclass 988)), your Maritime crew visa (subclass 988) will cease within five days if you do not sign onto your ship.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances. The results are usually valid for 12 months. Do not arrange a health examination until we ask you to.

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.

If your country does not have a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia, you should ensure your insurance will provide at least the level of coverage required for the purpose of your stay. Your health insurer can be in either Australia or your home country.

Attachment A in thehealth insurance standard template letter (138 kB RTF) is a guide to the level of health insurance we will accept as adequate.

Your insurance must cover you and any members of your family who come with you 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.

This also applies to all dependent family members in the application who are 16 years of age or older.

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 might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.

How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for a Transit visa (subclass 771). You and anyone included in your application must be outside Australia when the application is lodged and the visa is granted.

Prepare your documents

You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.

Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.

Lodge your application

Use the following form:

  • Form 876 Application for Transit visa for Australia (subclass 771) (174 kB PDF).

Lodge your application at one of the immigration offices outside Australia.

More information

You can find information about:

There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.

After you have applied for this visa

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.

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.

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.

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 the number we gave you when you applied, if you know it – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.

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.

You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

If the visa is refused, we will send you a letter or email stating why it was refused.

Document checklist

You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Visa application requirements differ from country to country. If you are applying outside Australia, your nearest immigration office outside Australia will tell you exactly how to lodge your application and what documents to provide.

Forms

  • Form 876 Application for Transit visa for Australia (subclass 771) (174kB PDF).

Personal documents for all applications

Documents to show identity

  • Certified copies of the biographical pages of the current passports or travel documents of all people included in the application (these are the pages with the holder's photo and personal details and the issue/expiry dates).
  • One recent passport sized photograph (45 mm x 35 mm) of each person included in the application.
    • These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
    • Print the name of the person on the back of the photograph.

Documents for sea crew

Details provided by the applicant

  • Documentary proof that you are employed on, or are to be employed on, the ship you are joining in Australia.
  • Tickets or documents establishing arrangements for travel to a destination outside Australia.
  • You need to have acceptable travel documents such as a seafarer's identity document.
  • A statement from the vessel's local shipping/handling agent.

Details provided by the shipping agent

  • The shipping agent provides the following details with your application:
    • your name
    • the name of the person you are replacing
    • the name of the company employing you
    • the name of the ship you will join
    • the date you arrive in Australia
    • the port and date you expect to join the ship
    • if you are not the ship’s owner, a copy of the request for crew from the ship’s agent in Australia. The request should contain the details of all crew members applying for visas.

Documents for travellers other than sea crew

  • Your itinerary in Australia.
  • Confirmed onward booking, such as a ticket, to continue your journey from Australia to another country within 72 hours of arrival.
  • Any documents, such as visas, you need to enter the third country.

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted a Transit visa (subclass 771). It explains your rights and obligations.

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

How long your visa lasts

The Transit visa (subclass 771) is valid for 72 hours after you enter Australia. A further Transit visa cannot be granted while you are in Australia.

What this visa lets you do

This visa lets you:

  • transit through Australia
  • enter and stay in Australia for no longer than 72 hours.

You must not work in Australia.

Your obligations

You must not stay in Australia for longer than 72 hours.

Report changes in circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

 

Last reviewed Wednesday 29 January 2014

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