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Australia Visitor Visa for Chile citizens: Everything you need to know
12 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Are you a citizen of Chile dreaming of exploring the captivating landscapes Down Under? Australia is a destination that offers many experiences for travelers, and as a Chilean citizen, obtaining the Australia Visitor Visa is your key to unlocking this remarkable country's wonders.

This guide will cover key details about the Australia Visitor Visa, including the application process, the required documentation, fees, processing times, and more. We'll also address any frequently asked questions you may have, ensuring that you're fully prepared and informed before submitting your visa application.

So, if you're ready to embark on a memorable journey to Australia, let's dive into the details of the Australia Visitor Visa and help you turn your travel dreams into reality.

Kangaroo at the beach Australia

What is the Australian Visitor Visa for Chilean citizens?

Australia has a well-defined visa system that ensures the safety and security of its borders while welcoming visitors from around the world. The Australia Visitor Visa, also known as the Subclass 600 visa, allows Chilean citizens to travel to Australia for tourism, business, or visiting family and friends for a specified period.

The Visitor Visa is designed to promote cultural exchange, and business opportunities, while also ensuring the integrity of Australia's immigration system. It allows visitors to explore the country's stunning landscapes, experience its vibrant cities, engage in business meetings or conferences, or spend quality time with family and friends who reside in Australia.

Do Chile citizens need a Visitor Visa for Australia?

Yes, citizens of Chile are required to obtain a Visitor Visa before traveling to Australia. The Australian government has specific visa requirements for visitors from different countries, including Chile.

Types of Australian visas available for Chile citizens

As a citizen of Chile, you have access to different types of visas to visit or stay in Australia, depending on the purpose and duration of your visit. Here are some common visa types available for Chilean citizens:

  • Visitor Visa (Subclass 600): The Visitor Visa is designed for tourism, business, or visiting family and friends in Australia. It offers different streams based on your purpose of visit, such as the Tourism Stream, Business Visitor Stream, Sponsored Family Stream, or Approved Destination Status (ADS) Stream.

  • Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462): This visa allows Chileans aged 18 to 30 to have an extended stay in Australia for up to 12 months. It includes work rights to supplement your travel experience.

  • Student Visa (Subclass 500): If you’re from Chile and you plan to study in Australia, you will need to obtain a Student Visa. This visa allows you to stay in Australia for the duration of your study program.

Benefits of an Australia Visitor Visa for Chile citizens

Obtaining an Australia Visitor Visa as a citizen of Chile opens up a world of opportunities and benefits for your visit to the Land Down Under. Here are some key advantages of acquiring an Australia Visitor Visa:

  • Explore Australia's breathtaking landscapes: Australia is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, including the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Twelve Apostles, the Daintree Rainforest, and many more awe-inspiring destinations. With a Visitor Visa, you can immerse yourself in Australia's diverse landscapes, from pristine beaches to lush rainforests and iconic outback regions.

  • Experience vibrant cities and cultural richness: Australia's cities offer a rich mix of cultures, world-class attractions, dining experiences, shopping precincts, and a thriving arts and entertainment scene. Whether it's exploring Sydney's iconic landmarks, soaking in the laid-back atmosphere of Melbourne, or discovering the charm of cities like Brisbane, Adelaide, or Perth, an Australian Tourist Visa allows you to experience the best of Australian urban life.

  • Engage in business and networking opportunities: If you’re from Chile and you want to enter Australia for business purposes, the Visitor Visa enables you to participate in conferences, attend meetings, explore potential trade opportunities, and connect with Australian businesses.

  • Visit family and friends: This Tourist Visa allows you to spend quality time with your family members or close friends who are living in Australia. Whether it's celebrating special occasions, reconnecting with loved ones, or simply sharing memorable moments, the visa facilitates meaningful reunions.

  • Embrace unique wildlife and nature encounters: Australia boasts an unparalleled array of unique wildlife, including kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and a diverse range of bird species. With your Australian Tourist Visa, you can explore wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, and conservation areas to witness these remarkable creatures in their natural habitats.

  • Cultural exchange and educational opportunities: Australia has a rich and diverse cultural heritage, and exploring its museums, galleries, and historical sites can provide insights into its Indigenous culture, colonial history, and contemporary arts. Additionally, if you're interested in pursuing educational opportunities, the Visitor Visa allows you to explore Australian educational institutions and consider future study options.

  • Create lasting memories: From scenic road trips along the Great Ocean Road to snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, surfing at famous beaches, or enjoying a sunset barbecue with friends, Australia offers countless experiences that will create lasting memories.

Australian Visitor Visa requirements

Although the Australian Visitor Visa or Australian Tourist Visa offers many benefits, it’s crucial to meet the entry requirements to ensure a successful visa application. Read on to learn more about those entry requirements.

Australia Visitor Visa: Eligibility criteria for Chile citizens

The following are some general eligibility criteria for a Visitor Visa (subclass 600) for Chilean citizens:

  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE): You must demonstrate that you genuinely intend to enter Australia for a short-term stay and have no intention to stay permanently.

  • Chilean Passport: You must have a valid passport issued by the Chilean government.

  • Purpose of visit: You need to clearly state the purpose of your visit, such as tourism, visiting family or friends to obtain your tourist visa.

  • Financial capacity: You must have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Australia, including accommodation, transportation, and living expenses.

  • Health and character requirements: You should meet certain health requirements and provide a medical examination if requested.

  • Health insurance: It’s recommended to have health insurance coverage for the duration of your stay in Australia.

  • No employment: The Visitor Visa does not allow you to work in Australia. You should not intend to undertake any paid employment while in the country.

  • No Study: If your primary purpose is to study in Australia, you should consider applying for a student visa instead of a visitor visa.

These are general guidelines, and there may be additional requirements or specific conditions depending on your circumstances. Either way, we’ll always let you know if there’s any additional information required.

Australia City Landscape Bridge

Australia Visitor Visa: Document requirements for Chile citizens

Here’s a list of the required documents to apply for your Australian valid visa:

  • Completed visa application form: You must complete the appropriate visa application form for the Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) through our website.

  • Chilean Passport: You will need a valid passport issued by the Chilean government to obtain a visa. The passport should have a validity of at least six months beyond your intended stay in Australia. Please note that you’ll need copies of the information pages, and if you’re traveling with minors, you’ll need copies of their passports too.

  • Financial documents: Provide evidence of your financial capacity to support yourself during your stay in Australia.

  • Travel plans: It’s advisable to provide a detailed travel itinerary outlining your intended activities, accommodations, and duration of stay in Australia. You’ll also need to provide a copy of your flight tickets with the intended travel date and hotel reservations.

  • Letter of invitation (if applicable): If you are visiting family or friends in Australia, a letter of invitation from your host may be required. The letter should include information about the inviter, their relationship to you, and details about your planned visit.

  • Employment verification (if applicable): If you are employed, you may need to provide a letter from your employer stating your position, length of employment, salary details, and approved leave dates.

  • Health insurance: While not always mandatory, having health insurance coverage for the duration of your stay in Australia is strongly recommended. Providing evidence of health insurance can strengthen your visa application.

  • Proof of ties to Chile: To demonstrate your intention to return to Chile after your visit, you may need to provide evidence of your ties to your home country. This can include documents such as property ownership, employment contracts, or family commitments.

  • Additional supporting documents: Depending on your circumstances, you may be asked to provide additional supporting documents. These could include a police clearance certificate, a medical examination report, or other relevant documents.

Remember to carefully review the entry and exit requirements before starting the online application form.

Financial requirements for Chile citizens

While there’s no fixed amount mentioned by the Australian government, it is generally advisable to have enough funds to cover your accommodation, transportation, living expenses, and any planned activities during your stay. The purpose is to ensure that you can financially support yourself without relying on public funds or seeking unauthorized employment in Australia.

Here’s a list of what you usually need for your Tourist Visa:

  • Sufficient funds: You are generally required to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay in Australia. This includes accommodation, transportation, living costs, and any planned activities.

  • Bank statements: The best way to ensure your funds is to offer bank statements, which is why we recommend having some copies of them to apply for a visa to Australia.

  • Additional requirements: Depending on your circumstances, there may be additional financial requirements. For example, if you are visiting family or friends in Australia, you may need to provide evidence of their financial support or accommodation arrangements.

  • Debit/credit card or Paypal: This will be necessary to pay for the visa fee.

Australia Visitor Visa processing time in Chile

We offer a standard processing time of up to 15 days. However, this processing time doesn’t include the Australian embassy or consulate processing time which differs per individual case.

How long can I stay in Australia with my Tourist Visa?

The Australian Tourist Visa has a validity period of 1 year after arrival and allows a maximum stay of 3, 6, or 12 months, depending on your background and ultimate decision made.

It’s a Multiple Entry Visa, which means you can enter Australia as often as you like within the valid visa period.

Australia Visitor Visa costs & fees for Chilean citizens

The Australia Subclass 600 visa application has a fee of USD $426.66.

Important note: Our standard processing involves a comprehensive review of your application and its submission to the Australian embassy or consulate. Please be aware that the processing time by the government can vary for each individual, and it’s not included in our standard processing timeframe. Approximately 90% of applicants typically receive this visa within four months.

Australia Visitor Visa application process from Chile

Once you have the required documents, you can start your online application on our website. Keep reading below to see the step-by-step guide:

  • Step 1: Offer your passport information and travel details through our user-friendly website or iVisa’s mobile app. Take a moment to review the information for accuracy and then proceed to pay the visa fee using a debit card, credit card, or PayPal.

Shortly after, you will receive a confirmation email containing additional instructions on how to proceed with the next part of the application.

  • Step 2: Upload the necessary documents to proceed with the application. Also, complete the remaining sections and submit the visa application.

Our team of experts will process your application to ensure it meets all the embassy or consulate regulations. If there are any additional requirements or if you need to attend a visa appointment, we’ll promptly notify you via email. Otherwise, you can sit back and await the processing of your visa.

If a visa appointment is necessary, we’ll handle the appointment arrangements on your behalf. During the appointment, you must provide your biometrics and undergo a medical examination. You’ll receive an email containing the date, time, and a PDF guide detailing the necessary preparations for your application.

  • Step 3: Attend your visa appointment if necessary.

Once your application is approved, your visa will be digitally linked to your passport for convenient access. We’ll also inform you about your visa details through email.

Tips for a successful application in Chile

Here are some tips to ensure a successful application for your Tourist Visa:

  • Apply in advance: Submit your visa application well in advance of your intended travel date.

  • Provide accurate and complete information: Carefully fill out the application form. Double-check the form for any errors or missing details before submission.

  • Support documents: Gather and submit all the required documents, such as your passport, financial statements, travel itinerary, and proof of ties to Chile. Ensure that the documents are up-to-date, valid, and meet the specific requirements mentioned by the Australian consulate or embassy (or through our website as we offer updated information).

  • * Financial capacity**: Demonstrate your financial capacity by providing evidence of sufficient funds to cover your travel expenses in Australia.

  • Purpose of visit: Clearly state your purpose of visit, whether it's tourism, visiting family or friends, or engaging in business-related activities.

  • Proof of ties to Chile: To demonstrate your intention to return to Chile after your visit, provide evidence of your ties to your home country. This can include property ownership, employment contracts, family commitments, or any other relevant documentation.

  • Be honest and transparent: Provide truthful and accurate information throughout your application. Dishonesty or withholding information can have serious consequences and may result in visa refusal or future travel restrictions.

  • Keep copies of documents: Make copies of all the documents you submit, including the application form. This ensures you have a record of your application and can easily refer to it if needed.

Common reasons for Visa refusals in Chile

Here are some common reasons for visa refusals that can apply to visa applications in general:

  • Insufficient supporting documentation: Failure to provide the necessary documents can lead to a visa refusal. It's essential to carefully review the document checklist and ensure that all the required documents are included in the application.

  • Lack of genuine temporary entrant (GTE): If the immigration authorities believe that the applicant does not have a genuine intention to visit Australia temporarily and may have intentions to stay permanently, it can result in a Tourist Visa refusal.

  • Inadequate financial capacity: Your Tourist Visa might be denied if you fail to demonstrate sufficient financial capacity to cover your expenses during your stay in Australia.

  • Failure to meet health or character requirements: If you don’t meet the health or character requirements set by the Australian authorities, it can result in a Tourist Visa refusal too. This can include issues such as criminal records, health conditions, or failure to provide required medical examinations.

  • Inadequate travel history or overstay risk: Having a history of overstaying visas in other countries can raise concerns about compliance with visa conditions and result in an Australian Tourist Visa refusal.

  • Failure to meet specific requirements: Different visa subclasses may have specific requirements and criteria that need to be met. Failure to fulfill these specific requirements can result in a tourist visa refusal.

It's crucial to carefully review and understand the visa requirements and guidelines before applying for your Australian Visa.

What to expect after submitting the Australia Visa application in Chile?

Once you complete your online application form, here’s what you can generally expect:

  • Application receipt: Upon submission, you should receive a confirmation or receipt indicating that your visa application has been received.

  • Communication: During the processing period, we’ll keep communication with you so you can be well-informed about the visa process. We’ll also let you know if the Australian authorities require additional information or documentation, or if there are any updates regarding your application.

  • Decision outcome: Once your application has been processed, you will be notified of the decision. If your tourist visa is granted, you will receive a notification along with the visa grant notice, which may be in the form of an electronic visa linked to your passport.

  • Visa label (if applicable): In some cases, a visa label or sticker may be placed in your passport to indicate the visa grant. However, many Australian visas are now granted electronically, and you won't receive a physical visa label.

  • Visa refusal: If your visa application is refused, you will be provided with reasons for the refusal and information regarding any appeal or review options available.

Australia Visitor Visa approval and denial for Chile citizens

It's important to note that the assessment of visa applications is done on an individual basis, and each case is evaluated on its merits. The information provided here serves as a general overview, and the specific circumstances of your application can influence the outcome.

We highly recommend gathering the required documents in Chile before starting your online application. You can also keep an eye on our website to get up-to-date information. We’re always offering valid and reliable information to apply online for your visas and make the process easier.

Get more information about the Australia Visitor Visa for Chileans

Are you ready to enter Australia? Don’t worry if you still have some questions regarding your tourist visa, we can help! You can contact us via online chat or by sending us an email to [email protected].

  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This site does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/
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