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 532 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!

Monkey Dividers6 Steps for Getting an Australian Visa for Filipinos

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.

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

  1. Hi I’m a Filipina living in UAE. Planning to visit Australia on my vacation leave. Can I apply my visa here or wait till I get back home to PH? My country of origin will be PH tho. Thank you.

  2. Hello, I just want to know on which part in attaching documents (online lodging) I can attach the pictures as another evidence of relationship to my sponsor which is my boyfriend?

  3. Hello, i am a filipino citizen living in Italy. I would like to know if there are people here who also live in other countries applying for Australian Tourist Visa and What did you specify on the question: In the last five years, has any applicant visited, or lived, outside their country of passport, for more than 3 consecutive months? Do not include time spent in Australia. Do i need to specify the date when i came here in Italy until now? The form shows me the calendar but what should i put on the end date? Thanks in advance

  4. Hi, my fiance and I is planning to apply for the Partner visa this January and after lodging- can I apply for the Tourist visa (around Feb or March) while waiting for the result of the Partner visa?

    Thank you for the info.

    1. Hi, in my experience I lodged the two Visa Application at the same time. The Result of Tourist Visa Application usually made shorter period of time than the Fiance Visa. By the way where is your plan to lodge your Application? Is it in your Country of Origin or in Australia?

      1. Thanks Ayla, I plan to lodge the application here in Thailand since I am working here rather than lodging it back to the Philippines. Another question tho, for the fiancee visa, do I have to apply for it off-shore or can my fiance apply it for me. Sorry for asking, i’m confused a bit. Thank you again.

        1. Hi Jenn, I lodged the 2 Visas (Tourist and Fiance) in the Philippines. Tourist Visa result granted after 15days then after 3months staying in Australia on Tourist Visa I returned to the Philippines and a month later I recieved my Fiance Visa. I’m not too sure Dear if it is a good idea if you lodge it in Thailand. Goodluck🙂.

          1. Did you DIY both visas or an agent helped you? And is it your first time to do it? 🙂 Thanks for the information. Much needed advice.

          2. Did you DIY both visas or an agent helped you? And was it your first application? I’m sorry if i’m asking too many questions, we’re looking for the best option as we’re both novice at this but thank you for the answers 😀

            1. It was my first time and Yes I did it my self in collaboration with my Fiance in collecting requested documents for both visa. Just submit the documents that are only necessary and requested.

  5. Finally got my grant today for my application lodge last November 26. For everyone who are still waiting for theirs, goodluck! And just be patient!

  6. Hi Guys, Anyone in here have already got their Visa result which was lodged early December 2019? I have lodged my tourist visa sub class 600 last 4th of December through online but until now my Status still on “Received”. Is their anyone in here has the same experience of still waiting for a luck to hear for any update of our Visa Application? Thanks you! Good luck to Us all.

        1. A quick question, I’m currently a gradschool student and let’s say I have like around 5-6k US dollars in my bank account. Am I qualified for a tourist visa?

  7. Hi guys. Please please please. Anyone from the Philippines who recently travelled to Australia? Are they requiring the polio vaccine certificate? Thanks in advance!

  8. Hi I’m david LeRoy 59yld male I am currently in Cebu Phillippins and want to apply for a visa to stay longer
    It’s only my second time to the Phillippins the first time I went to the Phillippins albassy in Sydney Australia to apply and get visa

    Want to apply for another visa but I don’t know we’re to go which office or the name of Place we’re to go could you please give me I’m formation on we’re to go and contact details of authorities I go to
    Thank you David leroy

    1. hello david, all you need to do is to go to Cebu Immagration and apply for visa extention. its a 2 month extention and cost 2,970 peso.

  9. It’s my 2nd time applying for tourist visa, I was granted a visa the first time I applied, do you think they will deny my application? I lodge my application thru VFS manila last November 19 and still waiting

  10. Hey River. Thanks for the information but I have a question. If the embassy grants your visa (subclass 600), how long before the visa expires? Ex. Japan visa should be used 3 months after approved by the embassy.

    1. Lodged mine 12/03. They are on holiday til 01/01 and will resume on 01/02. Planning to visit Aus on 01/04. Do you guys know if there is a refund if ever I withdraw my application? Still hoping to get my approval on 01/02 and 01/03

      1. Hey Cha! Just received mine today. Though it is late already, good thing its good for 1 yr for multiple entries. Good luck!

    2. Been reading the comments here and noticed that the visa grant took over a month as opposed to what I’ve been reading before (4 days up to 8 days). But I wonder why it’s now taking a little longer. I’ve booked a ticket for March 14 and thought of lodging it by late February (thinking the processing will really just take a week) but thank goodness I came across this.

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