How to Get an Australian Tourist Visa for Filipinos with Philippines Passport

By Two Monkeys Travel - Contributor September 6th, 2019 Posted in Australia & Oceania Travel Blog, Travel Guides, VISA Application Guides 605 Comments

How to Get an Australian Tourist Visa for Filipinos with Philippines Passport?

Australia is an extremely efficient country so you won’t have difficulty getting an Australian visa from The Philippines. For starters, the entire application process for Filipinos is online – very easy, simple, and convenient. It is a task you can certainly do yourself, which is a lot welcome if you are trying to avoid extra fees from outside facilitators.

In addition, the process is quick. It takes one day to lodge a complete application form given you have all the necessary documents on hand. In my experience, I was contacted by Immigration two days after submission and I was asked to proceed with my health exam. Another two days after I finished the medical, I received my Australian visa. Indeed, it is a grief-free process that you should not avoid or fear.

how-to-get-an-australian-visa-from-the-philippinesCompared to any other Western country, Australia is very welcoming and allows incredible ease for individuals to get their visa applications in. If you are planning to head over, work on your Australian visa application today and who knows, you might squeeze that trip in before the year ends!

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To make it even easier for you, we have provided an extensive guide below to walk you through the entire process. All the best!

1. Determine what kind of visa you need.

Use the Visa Finder to see what options are available to you. The purpose of your travel determines the appropriate visa application. Options include Visitor visa (subclass 600), Carer via (subclass 116), and Partner visa (subclasses 820 and 801) among many others. An eligibility criteria is set for each to better help you identify which fits your situation best.

2. Create an ImmiAccount.

Access the online services of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by creating an ImmiAccount to facilitate your application. This will be your primary contact point where you will submit, process, and get updates on your application. The interface is user-friendly and you will not have a lot of trouble navigating the platform.

3. Fill out the online application form.

Fill out the form inside your ImmiAccount. Provide all the information needed to complete your Australian visa application. This involves pertinent details like personal information, desired travel dates, financial capabilities, and so on.

Also, if you are visiting a partner, friend, or family, you will be required to put in information about them too, such as their name, address, and other contact details. The form is very thorough. Just answer it to the best of your abilities. Add all necessary details and be as specific as you can.

4. Attach the required documents.

Several documents are needed to support your application. Mostly, it is concerned with providing evidence on how you are going to fund your travel to Australia. To meet the requirements, scan copies of your bank statements and assets and attach it to your ImmiAccount. If you have a separate payroll and savings account, scan copies of both. As for assets, this includes a land or house title, mortgage, or investments that you have. Even if your trip will be funded in full by another person, there is no going around showing your assets.

You will also be asked for a scanned copy of your birth certificate, as well as your current passport along with the pages detailing your travel history. If you have a new passport and have travelled before, send a copy of your old passport with the stamped pages, too. Other Filipinos who have applied for an Australian visa say they forwarded an NSO copy of their birth certificate but I only submitted one from the civil registrar and I did not have problems with my application.

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5. Pay.

Review your application form and attachments then proceed to payment. Again, it is a hassle-free online transaction. The cost will vary depending on the visa that you are seeking and the exchange rate for the day. Credit card fees apply, too.

6. Download the health assessment endorsement.

The health exam is only applicable if you plan to stay longer than 3 months and/or depending your age.

In the summary of your application, there is a button on health assessment. You can click on it to generate a HAP ID and download your referral letter for a health exam. Hold on to this document until Immigration contacts you via e-mail instructing you to proceed with the medical.

Once you receive this confirmation, print out your referral letter and go to an accredited medical institution. You have two options: Nationwide Health Systems Aux, Inc. in Salcedo St. Legaspi Village, Makati or St Luke’s Medical Center Extension Clinic in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The health exam is the last piece of your application. After this is completed, a decision will be rendered. If successful, your Australian visa grant will be sent to you via e-mail.

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Quick Guide to your health exam:

I visited NHS in Makati because it is near my apartment despite old negative reviews on Google. The clinic is definitely okay, orderly and quick in processing the health exam. No appointment necessary. For more ease, download the NHS form and fill it out before visiting.

Remember to bring your valid passport and referral letter from the Australian Embassy. You need the HAP ID to lodge the results of your health exam. Take any relevant medical record or certificate, too. Also, for female applicants, schedule your exam at least a week after menstruation. There is a timeframe for which you must finish the health exam so plan accordingly. The cost of the medical is PHP 6,000. Repeat tests are not covered and additional fees apply.

The clinic will forward the results to Immigration. It does not take long. I received my Australian visa grant for a stay of up to 12 months just two days after I completed all the requirements.

Further notes:

A plane ticket is not required to apply for a visa; in fact, it is recommended that you obtain your visa first before booking any flights. However, in these times of promo fares, you may consider taking a chance and securing cheaper tickets ahead of time. Just make sure you allow plenty of time before your departure date to process your Australian visa application.

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605 thoughts on “How to Get an Australian Tourist Visa for Filipinos with Philippines Passport

  1. Hi, is there a minimum how much funds should a person have on acc to be able to get tourist visa for 3, 6 or 12 months?

  2. If a Philippino is granted a Australian Visa how long is it active for.
    With the Corona Virus on the spread now flights might be 6/12 months away;
    Does the Visa stay active until the first entry or departure point. ????

  3. hi,im from phil. A good freind of invites me to see his country,so I travel to nsw australia last 2013 with my tourist visa.now i wanna apply again for tourist visa because plenty of places i want to see and visit.with defferent person whos gonna ivites me.now my concern for the requirement to apply as same visa.

  4. Hi! What does did you put in the “national identity card” option of the main application? I was wondering if this involves the PhilSys ID or any govt issued ID.

  5. hi. im from Philippine but i stay at malaysia because im working here, so how i get tourist visa while im here? can you help me to my question ? thank you.

  6. I already have a visa which will expire soon. However, I decided to postpone my trip due to the COVID 19.
    How do I extend my visa? Or do I re-apply ?

      1. hello ms kach, is there a standard form for the cover letter for unused visa? or a free form letter will do?

        thank you in advance.

  7. Our medical record is finished last February 5, 2020. The medical examination was conducted by St. Luke’s . They tell us that we just wait for an email by the Australian embassy. Until now there is no email from the embassy it almost a month already. We taught its only 20 days for the processing of visitors visa for the Filipinos.

  8. Hello ,

    Has anyone here traveled to NSW and back home here in PH? Just wanted to know if there are travel restrictions applied due to COVID-19 and what are those restrictions so far especially at the airport? I’ve been checking updates on websites but so far none have mentioned about Filipinos traveling to AU.

    Hoping anyone can share his/her experience during the COVID-19 outbreak. My trip will be early next month. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi, just got back from Sydney last week and we’re from Manila. So far no issues, same incoming and outgoing process.

      1. Thank you Abby for the response. I am just worried because I will be traveling with my 2 year old daughter. Also, at the moment, we are in monitoring of the situation until April if we are going to postponed the trip or not because the number of cases in AU is getting higher. 🙁

        Hopefully the situation will not get worse come April.

  9. Hi Guys! quick question, i encountered an error message as i try to access my immi account – error, close other browser, kinda like that. I’m trying to apply for a visa. i already did some troubleshooting, clear cache but still not working. thanks

    1. Hello,

      I am just a bit confused with the validity of my Australian visa. It says I must not arrive after 16-Aug, but that is also the expiry date. So, I can enter Australia before 16-Aug and still stay there for 3 months?

      To anyone know, kindly advise.

      Thank you!

  10. Hello my Mom and Dad including my younger sister will go to Australia, Do they need to create individual account to apply visa or only one can do for everybody?

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