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Australia Visitor Visa for Thai citizens: Your guide to applying for a tourist visa
iVisa
10 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Australia is renowned for its stunning landscapes, vibrant cities, and unique wildlife. If you’re a Thai citizen who dreams of visiting this country, you must apply for an Australia Visitor Visa before your trip.

This visa allows you to explore the wonders of Australia for tourism, visiting friends and family, or engaging in short-term business activities. We’ve created a comprehensive guide that will provide all the information you need to get this tourist visa hassle-free.

Let us help you during this journey, and enjoy a smooth application process!

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Australian visas for Thai citizens

Australia welcomes Thai visitors with various visa options. Here's a breakdown of some popular choices.

Tourist stream (Visitor visa subclass 600)

Thai travelers keen on exploring Australian landscapes, enrolling in short-term courses (under three months), or visiting friends and relatives can opt for the Australia Visitor Visa.

This visa is a multiple-entry visa, allowing you to travel to Australia multiple times within its validity period.

Business visitor stream (Visitor visa subclass 600)

For brief business visits to Australia, the Business Visitor Visa (subclass 600) is tailored for short stays. It enables you to attend meetings and conferences or investigate business opportunities.

It's ideal for professionals wanting to engage with Australian companies or participate in industry gatherings without getting any kind of paid employment in Australia.

Student visa (Subclass 500)

Aspiring to study in Australia? The Student Visa (subclass 500) paves the way to academic pursuits in Australia, offering up to five years of study, depending on your chosen course.

Sponsored family stream (Visitor visa subclass 600)

If you have Australian relatives willing to sponsor your visit, the Sponsored Family Visa (subclass 600) is a great way to reunite. Perfect for family gatherings, special events, or just spending quality time with your Australian family member as a sponsor.

Thai citizens with dual nationality might also consider the Australia ETA or Australia eVisitor Visa, depending on their other citizenship.

Use our Visa Checker Tool to see the options available to you.

What is the Australia Visitor Visa?

The Australia Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) is a travel document required for Thai citizens who wish to visit Australia for tourism or business. This visa permits short-term visits for up to 12 months.

Here's what you can do with it:

  • Reconnect with family and friends in Australia, making lasting memories.

  • Discover the stunning landscapes and famous sights of the country.

  • Experience a scenic cruise along Australia's beautiful coastline, soaking up the sun and enjoying the ocean air.

  • Participate in business meetings or conferences in Australia, widening your professional circle and exploring new business opportunities.

  • Take part in short-term studies or training programs for up to three months, enriching your knowledge and cultural experience.

How long can I stay in Australia with a visitor visa?

The Australia Visitor Visa allows stays of 3, 6, or 12 months. The duration of your stay will be determined by the immigration officer based on your application details and personal circumstances.

Australia visa for Thai citizens: General requirements

The Australian government has set specific requirements and necessary documents for Thai citizens applying for an Australia Visitor Visa. When you apply through our service, we offer a comprehensive guide specific to your application, including a full checklist of required documents tailored to your individual situation.

Below are the essentials Thai passport holders should be aware of.

Eligibility criteria for an Australia Visitor Visa

To visit Australia, Thai citizens need to fulfill these criteria for the Australia Visitor Visa:

  • Possess a valid passport.

  • Demonstrate good character.

  • Show sufficient funds for your stay in Australia.

  • Intend to visit Australia temporarily for tourism, business, or short-term study (under three months).

Required documents for Thai citizens

For an Australia Visitor Visa, Thai applicants need to provide:

  • A scanned copy of the passport bio-page.

  • A copy of your national ID card, if applicable.

  • A recent passport-sized photograph of yourself.

Additional documents might be requested to confirm your financial means, character, and trip purpose. All non-English documents should be translated.

Good character requirements

To be eligible for an Australia Visitor Visa, Thai applicants must prove they are of good character, which includes:

  • Declaring any criminal records.

  • Undergoing a review of your criminal history, considering the severity and duration of any convictions.

  • Informing about any ongoing legal issues or current charges.

  • Reviewing your immigration history, including any previous visa rejections or cancellations.

  • Evaluating any potential threats to Australian society or national security.

  • Considering overall conduct, including any history of violence, harassment, or substance misuse.

Health requirements and insurance for traveling to Australia

For your Australia Visitor Visa application, a health examination may be required, depending on factors like:

  • Type of visa.

  • Duration of stay.

  • Activities to be carried out in Australia.

  • The country from which you're applying.

  • Any special circumstances.

  • Significant health conditions.

Though not mandatory, securing health insurance for your stay in Australia is highly recommended. It’s a precaution to cover unexpected medical situations, allowing for a worry-free visit.

Financial support requirements for Thai citizens

To demonstrate sufficient resources and ties to Thailand, you may need to provide:

  • Bank statements from the past three months.

  • Recent salary slips or an employment contract.

  • Tax records or credit card statements.

  • Evidence of property ownership or a lease agreement.

  • Confirmation of education enrollment.

  • A letter from your employer.

Passport requirements for Thai nationals

Your passport must meet these standards when applying for the Australia Visitor Visa:

  • It should be valid for at least three months beyond your planned arrival date in Australia.

  • The passport must be in good condition and free from significant damage.

Photo requirements for applicants from Thailand

Your passport photo for the Australia Visitor Visa application should follow these criteria:

  • The photo must be in color and recent (taken within the last six months).

  • Use a plain white or light-colored background without shadows.

  • Face the camera directly with your head centered.

  • Maintain a neutral expression, with your eyes open and mouth closed.

  • Head coverings for medical or religious reasons are acceptable, but your face must be fully visible.

  • If you wear glasses, ensure no glare on the lenses.

  • Photo dimensions should be 45 mm x 35 mm.

Visitor visa requirements for children

Traveling to Australia with a minor requires additional considerations:

Specific requirements for each visitor visa type

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Be aware of the distinct requirements for each visa stream when applying:

Tourist stream requirements:

  • Genuine intent to visit Australia for tourism or leisure.

  • Evidence of planned tourism activities or a travel itinerary.

Business visitor stream requirements:

  • Genuine intent to visit Australia for business purposes, such as attending meetings or conferences.

  • Evidence of business engagements, like invitations from Australian companies or relevant business papers.

Student visa requirements:

  • Genuine intent to undertake studies or training in Australia.

  • Enrollment in an accredited course or program.

  • Evidence of enrollment details, including course duration and specifics.

  • Meeting the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement is crucial. The GTE verifies that the primary purpose of your visit is educational.

To satisfy the GTE requirement, provide evidence of:

  • Your circumstances in your home country, including familial, employment, or educational commitments.

  • The relevance of your chosen course to your educational and career objectives.

  • Your immigration history, including adherence to past visas.

  • Any other pertinent factors showing a genuine intention for temporary study in Australia.

Sponsored family stream requirements:

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident as a sponsor.

  • A sponsorship letter detailing the relationship and support commitment.

  • Evidence of your relationship with the sponsor, like birth or marriage certificates.

How to apply for an Australia Visitor Visa in Thailand

Applying for an Australia Visitor Visa is straightforward with our assistance. We'll guide you through each step for a hassle-free experience. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: Provide your personal details and travel information on our website or through the iVisa app. Double-check the information and pay the fees using a debit/credit card, or PayPal. A confirmation email will follow, containing further instructions and details for completing the next part of your application.

Step 2: Fill out the remaining sections of the form, upload the necessary documents, and submit your application. Our team will examine it and arrange your visa interview if it's required.

Step 3: Attend your visa appointment (if needed).

What to expect after submitting an Australian visa application in Thailand

Once you've submitted your visa application, please be aware of the following:

  • Some applicants may need a phone interview. If this is relevant to you, we will inform you and provide detailed guidance to prepare for the interview.

  • If biometric data collection and health examinations are necessary, we'll assist you in setting up an appointment at an Australian Visa Application Center (AVAC) or Australian Biometrics Collection Center (ABCC).

  • A confirmation email with your application ID and reference number will enable you to track your visa application's status. We will stay in touch via email if we need more information or documents from you.

  • The decision on your visa application, whether approved or denied, will be sent to you through email.

Common reasons for visa refusals in Thailand

Be mindful of these frequent errors that could lead to visa refusal:

  • Filling in the application forms incorrectly or having missing information.

  • Lacking sufficient proof of financial means or the ability to support yourself financially in Australia.

  • Previous breaches of immigration or criminal laws.

  • Insufficient evidence of strong ties to your home country.

  • Not meeting the health or character requirements.

Our visa experts will meticulously check your application and provide a detailed list of necessary documents, aiming for a smooth and successful visa application process.

Australia Visitor Visa cost and processing time

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The cost of an Australia Visitor Visa varies based on your country of origin. For Thai citizens applying through our platform, the total fee is US$377.26, inclusive of the Australian government's charges.

Wondering about the fee in Thai baht? Let’s assist with the conversion:

Australia Visitor Visa processing time

Acquiring your Australia Visitor Visa via our service involves two primary phases. In the first phase, our team reviews your application for errors and prepares everything, including organizing any required visa interviews. This initial stage may take up to 30 days.

Afterward, your application is forwarded to the Australian authorities for their review. Typically, the assessment and decision-making process for visitor visas takes about 28 days.

Therefore, we recommend applying for your visa well in advance of your intended travel date to circumvent any unforeseen delays.

Australia Visitor Visa approval and denial

When reviewing visa applications, the Australian government decides to approve or deny the Visitor Visa based on a thorough evaluation. If your application is successful, you'll get an email with your visa grant number, confirming your authorized travel to Australia.

In case of a denial, the Australian government will send a letter outlining the reasons why your application was rejected. You then have the option to appeal this decision or reapply for the Australia Visitor Visa, this time including more supporting documents to reinforce your application.

Benefits of applying for an Australia Visitor Visa with us

We understand that dealing with visa paperwork can be overwhelming. Our goal is to make travel simpler and visa applications more straightforward. Here are the advantages of applying for your Australia Visitor Visa with us:

  • 100% government compliance: Our team of visa experts will meticulously review your application to ensure full compliance with all government requirements.

  • Access to iVisa experts: Our team will be on hand to guide you throughout the process.

  • Simplified application form: Our online application form is designed to be user-friendly, considerably shorter than the government's form, and includes clear, straightforward questions for easy completion.

  • Flexible application progress: You can complete the form at your own pace, saving your progress and making necessary changes until it is error-free and ready for submission.

  • Comprehensive step-by-step guide: We provide a detailed PDF guide with step-by-step instructions, helpful tips, and valuable insights, to ensure a smooth and successful visa application process.

Australia Embassy in Thailand

For Thai citizens seeking consular assistance for Australia Visitor Visas or travel-related inquiries, the Australia Embassy in Bangkok and the Australia Consulate-General in Phuket are your primary contacts.

Australia Embassy in Bangkok:

  • Address: 181 Soi ArunMcKinnon, Lumphini, Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330.

  • Phone: +66 2 344 6300.

Australia Consulate-General in Phuket:

  • Address: 6th Floor CCM Complex, 77/77 Chalermprakiat Rama 9 Road (Bypass Road), Muang Phuket 83000.

  • Phone: +66 76 317 700.

For more travel insights and tips before your Australian journey, take a look at our Australia Travel Guide!

Contact us!

Our visa experts are available to address any questions or concerns you may have regarding the Australia Visitor Visa application process or other travel documents. Feel free to contact our customer service team via chat or email us at [email protected].

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