How to Get an Australia 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

Australia is an extremely efficient country so you won’t have difficulty getting an Australia Tourist 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.

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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.

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Compared 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!

6 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 the 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 traveled 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 on 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 is 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 Australia Tourist Visa for Filipinos with Philippines Passport

  1. I would like to ask I am applying for visitor 600 Visa, I have send the documents for my husband already but for myself I wasnt able to send because the immiaccount was already used.Do I need to make another immiaccount for my own documents to be sent?pls.reply.thanks and God bless

    1. I think you don’t need to create another account. Just click on “New Application” (upper left corner) when you log in into your immiaccount.

    2. Hello I’m in HK now any suggestion which one is easier to apply a tourist visa ,HK or Phil’s.?malaki kc need sa financial records aabot ng 30k HKd LAlo na DH work dto sa HK,any opinion po ?my invitation na ako from my sponsor.
      Plan to process mga June or July.salamat po

  2. Hello, is there anyone here who would love to share his/her experienced the moment you arrived at Sydney Airport? This will be my first time to travel overseas, so I wanted to at least have an idea what to do first…is the Immigration (arrival card) will be given once I board the plane here in Manila? Where to go, basically what needs to be done first, etc. 🙂

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Binibigay yung arrival card 1-2 hours before landing. depende sa airlines. kung may layover ka, sa 2nd flight towards to Sydney na yung bigay ng arrival card.

  3. This is Kim from Philippines and I am inquiring regarding the sponsorship of my boyfriend in Australia.
    Me and my boyfriend is trying to find out and worried because he had a fewdrink driving in the past all prior to 2009 and his last time was charged with assault to police aswell as drink driving the assaualt was not physical assault it was a police officer feared him as he looked threatening. So his only crimes are drink driving and 1 assault police, and minor things like no registration speeding.
    Will this be a problem for his sponsorship and if not is he can sponsor me 100%?
    Thank you and hope for response

    1. Hello Kim,
      As far as I remember there’s no questions on the application regarding if the sponsor had a criminal offense/conviction. It’s more of the applicants background/character declarations.

      Hope this will help. 🙂

  4. Hi..
    We are planning to go to Australia this September with my foreign boyfriend. We are living together here in the Philippines for 3years now. What would be the requirements for me to comply?
    Thank you

  5. Hi! Thank you for your helpful blog about the application process you went through. I have already received my Health Test request from Immi and I have that scheduled at NHS in Makati too. I would just like to ask for tips as to how early should I get there since they’re on a first come, first serve basis. And how long did the whole health testing go for? Thank you. 🙂

    1. hello, I arrived around 8:30AM and before 11AM, I’m done with the whole process + may mga senior pa na pinauna sakin. Mas maaga mas okay.

      1. Thanks for the reply, Kim. I appreciate it. I constantly referred to your blog about the visa processing when I was still applying online. Thanks again for the tips! more power! 🙂

    1. From your sponsor? Well….of course Invitation Letter, Evidence of the financial status and funding for visit like his payslip, bank statement, etc.; proof of residence; you also need his passport; evidence of relationship to the sponsor, anything that you can provide to them just upload it. 🙂

  6. I’m planning to go back to Australia on march for the third time. And this time, I’m bringing my girlfriend. However, she does not have a travel history abroad. Is this going to affect her chances of getting approved of tourist visa? Thanks

      1. Hello Haze,

        Just to clarify, do I need to get a certified copy of my biodata page or will a scanned copy suffice? I’m a bit confused as I’ve asked around and a friend of mine said they just scanned the documents; however, it says otherwise in my Immi account.

        Hoping for your response. Thank you in advance.


        1. I am not sure what’s your immiaccount requires you to do. Maybe try on checking the format of the documents before you upload them. Most of my documents are on *.pdf and *.jpeg file format. And some of my requirements were just photos taken using my phone. 🙂

            1. Hi Fai,

              You’re welcome. Good luck with your application. Sure you will get the decision before Easter coz mine only took 16 calendar days. 😀

  7. Hi Ate Kach,

    Thank you for the very helpful information here. I have already submitted my application. Should I proceed with my health exams even without the advise from the immigration yet?

    Thank you.

  8. Hi. I will be sponsoring friends for Visa Sub-Class 600 who are coming for a two week holiday to Perth this year. What details or questions do I need to answer?

  9. Hi, I’m holding the old 457 visa before immigration changed it and I’m working more than 2 yrs now sponsored by componie. And now able to apply for PR and my employer willing to sponsored me. but my English score not higher. We still can apply for PR ? Much wandiring because im runing 40 of age. Thanks!!!

  10. Hello Ms. Kath, ask ko lang po sana if granted ang tourist visa my possible po pwd magbridge to other visa pag andon na before ma expire?

    pwd mag apply ng new visa kahit my existing visa pa? Thank you so much.

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