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Who should register for a Crew Travel Authority (CTA)

Crew operating commercial flights into Australia should be registered with a Crew Travel Authority (CTA), except for holders of Australian or New Zealand passports.

This includes:

  • crew operating commercial passenger flights
  • crew operating chartered passenger flights
  • crew operating freight or cargo flights.

Persons operating private flights into Australia are not eligible to hold a CTA. However, they will be required to obtain a visa to enter Australia. Information on other types of visas can be found on the department's Visa Wizard.
See: Visa Wizard

The APP website also provides a facility for carriers to check if crew hold a CTA. It can also provide information on the validity of a CTA.

Registration of crew is usually completed by the carrier personnel or crewing areas.

How can crew obtain a CTA

If your airline has access to the Advance Passenger Processing (APP) Website then CTAs can be completed easily through their website.
See: APP System

The APP website also provides a facility for carriers to check if crew hold a CTA and can also provide information on the validity of a CTA. Registration of crew is usually completed by the carrier personnel or crewing areas. If carriers require additional staff to be registered to access the APP website they should send an email to the APP mailbox.
Email: appwebsite@immi.gov.au

If your carrier does not have access to the APP website then crew may be registered with a CTA through the APP Helpdesk. The helpdesk can be contacted through the APP mailbox.
Email: appwebsite@immi.gov.au

As a CTA is an electronic authority, there is no evidence of the CTA registration in a passport.

Document requirements

After registering with a CTA, crew are still required to hold the appropriate documentation to facilitate processing on arrival. The document requirements will vary depending on the position a crew member holds.

Operational crew

Operational crew (entering as a crew member and departing as crew or a passenger) must hold:

  • a valid passport
  • an Airline Identity Card
    and
  • for freight only – should be issued with a CTA and be listed on the General Declaration Form signed on behalf of the air carrier.

Positioning crew

Positioning crew (entering as a passenger and departing as a member of the crew within 5 days) must hold:

  • a valid passport
    and
  • a letter from the employer certifying that the person is an aircrew member, setting out the purpose of travel and the arrangements for the person to leave Australia.

Aircraft Safety Inspectors

Aircraft Safety Inspectors, who are treated in the same manner as crew when engaged on inspection duties, must present:

  • a valid passport
  • either a valid government identity document showing that the person is employed by a foreign government
    or
  • an ICAO Safety Inspector Certificate.

Foreign military personnel travelling by air

Information for foreign military personnel travelling by air is available.
See: Travel Documents for Entry to Australia

Further information

Further information is available regarding entry requirements for people travelling to Australia by air.
See:
Air Travel
Travel Documents for Entry to Australia

Last reviewed Wednesday 27 August 2014