Australian Embassy
Cabo Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, Guinea Bissau

Visas and migration

Information regarding Visas and Citizenship


General Information

To enter Australia, you must have either an Australian Passport or a valid Australian Visa.

The Australian Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal does not process visa or citizenship applications. For clients resident in Portugal visa processing is undertaken electronically through the online ‘eVisa’ service, or by processing centres in Australia, or by an immigration office at an Australian Embassy.

You should not book flights or make travel commitments until you have a visa to travel to Australia. The Department of Home Affairs will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by clients whose visa application was finalised later than expected or where an application is unsuccessful.


Digital Passenger Declaration

It is a requirement from the Australian Government that you complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD). The DPD requests critical health information required for entry into Australia. You must be able to provide evidence that the critical information was completed before boarding the aircraft.

You must show airline staff at check-in that you have completed the DPD and provide relevant supporting documentation as evidence. Passengers who do not complete a DPD prior to check-in, may be referred to Australian Border Force Officers on arrival and face unnecessary delays.

The DPD can be completed by downloading the mobile app from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play store (Android), or via a web form.

More information on the DPD can be found on the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.


Online-only lodgement for Visitor visa (subclass 600)


The Department of Home Affairs (the Department) is introducing 100 per cent online lodgement for Visitor visas (subclass 600). The changes will be introduced in two phases commencing from September 2021. Following these changes, paper applications will not be accepted as valid for lodgement:

  • From 30 September 2021 (phase 1), all applicants applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) from outside Australia in any stream must lodge their application online via ImmiAccount. Applicants applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) in Australia in the Tourist stream may lodge their application online via ImmiAccount or by posting their application to the Sydney office. The courier option will no longer be available.
  • From early 2022 (phase 2), all applicants applying for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) in Australia in the Tourist stream must lodge their application online via ImmiAccount.


How can I apply for a Visitor visa online?

ImmiAccount is an online service that provides a simple, efficient and convenient way to apply for a visa. You can create an ImmiAccount, select the visa type you want to apply for, attach documents, submit family applications together and pay the application fee online at

You can also get help from a family member, friend or migration agent to submit your application if required.

Australian Visa Application Centres outside Australia may also offer assisted online lodgement services, depending on local country arrangements.


Where can I get additional information?

Information about these changes will be updated on the Department’s website for each Visitor visa (subclass 600) stream page. A list of all streams is at:

Information and guidance about applying online and using ImmiAccount is available on the Department’s website at:


Planning a holiday in Australia?

If you hold a passport from the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland or Vatican City you can apply electronically free of charge for a visa to visit Australia for a holiday.

Holiday Visa Information

Visa and Citizenship Information

The Department of Home Affairs provides a website with information about Australian visas and citizenship. This information is available in English. This website contains comprehensive information about the range of visa products, eligibility, forms, fees and application procedures. For most visa types there are checklists and step-by-step guides to help you make your application.


Visa processing at an Immigration Office

The Department of Home Affairs has offices in:

Berlin, Germany
London, United Kingdom 

Documents lodged at the Berlin office in languages other than English or German must be accompanied by an English translation. For further information on these requirements, please refer to the Berlin website:


Beware of Visa Scams

To avoid being scammed, you can check the Register of Migration Agents on the OMARA website, to receive the protections of an OMARA registered Migration Agent.

There are Australian registered migration agents working all around the world in countries such as India, the United Kingdom, China and New Zealand, just to name a few. These agents are subject to the same Code of Conduct, professional development and regulations as registered migration agents based in Australia. More information about Australia’s efforts to ensure the integrity of the migration advice profession is available at:


Telephone Enquiries

To ensure you have the quickest, most efficient service the Department of Home Affairs encourages you to use the information already available on its website. The vast majority of queries are addressed there and that is the most effective way for you to get the information you require.

The Home Affairs website also contains a range of online tools that will help you find the information you need quickly and in line with your specified circumstances and needs. In some cases, you may be able to proceed directly to online application lodgement.

If after accessing the Home Affairs website you have further questions or require additional information, please click here for details on how to contact us.


Client Service and feedback

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Tourist and short stay business visas

All non-Australian citizens, except New Zealand citizens, travelling to Australia require an electronic travel authority (ETA) or a visa.

If you wish to travel to Australia for tourism or short stay business purposes, you should choose one of the following visa options. Working is not permitted on those visa subclasses.

If you hold an ETA-eligible Passport, and wish to visit up to 3 months for tourism or business purposes, you can apply for an ETA through a travel agent or airline.

If you hold an eVisitor-eligible Passport, and wish to visit up to 3 months for tourism or business purposes, you can apply for an eVisitor on-line.


Transit visas

Most people transiting Australia to another country or passing through Australia to join a ship as crew must obtain a visa overseas before travelling to Australia.

Note: A transit visa is required even if a traveller remains on the same aircraft in the same airport.

The relevant visa is Transit Visa (subclass 771) and allows the holder to enter and remain in Australia for 72 hours.


Airlines and Air Crew

Information and requirements for airlines, and visa information for air crew, see Department of Home Affairs.


Sea Travel

Information and entry requirements for the shipping industry, passengers and crew arriving by sea, please consult the Department of Home Affairs.

The Maritime Crew Visa is replacing the Special Purpose Visa from 1 July 2007. For more information on how to apply, please see Department of Home Affairs.


Student visas 

Visitors to Australia who wish to attend a formal or informal course, which lasts for up to 3 months (for example: English language course, diving course, or computer course) can do so using a Visitor Visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). You should be aware, however, that work is not permitted while holding a tourist visa, and that health formalities still apply.

If your course of study lasts for more than 3 months, or you are participating in a Secondary School Exchange (no matter how short) you need to apply for a Student Visa. Secondary School Exchange refers to official exchange programs registered with an Australian State Department of (School) Education.


Temporary residence visa options

Temporary residence visa options include:

• For invited academics to visit Australia to observe or participate in research projects, without remuneration other than a contribution towards living expenses and travel costs

• You wish to participate in a sporting event, perform as an artist or travel to Australia as a film maker, photographer or journalist.

• Investor retirement visa

• Special program visa

• Occupational trainee visa


Australian citizenship


Applying for Australian Citizenship by Descent

You may be eligible for Australian citizenship by descent if you were born outside Australia and one (or both) of your parents at the time of your birth was also an Australian citizen at that time. Check your eligibility before you apply.

Apply online through ImmiAccount. More information about how to apply is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Information about processing times is also available on the Department of Home Affairs website.


Applying for Evidence of Australian citizenship

An Australian citizenship certificate is an official document that shows that a person is an Australian citizen. If you meet requirements, you can get a certificate, or replace one that has been lost, destroyed or damaged. Check your eligibility before you apply.

Apply online through ImmiAccount. More information about how to apply is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Information about processing times is also available on the Department of Home Affairs website.



Migrating to Australia   

Skills-related Migration Visas

There are different visa options available for people who want to migrate to Australia and who have the required skills and qualifications. Please read the following overview.


Partner and Family Migration Visas

If you intend to stay in Australia permanently or if your personal circumstances require a permanent residence permit for Australia, you need to apply for a migration visa. Please read the following overview.