Approved Destination Status stream

This visa stream is for citizens from certain areas of China visiting Australia on a tour organised by an approved travel agent.

With this visa you can

  • can enter Australia with your approved tour group
  • can participate in activities that are part of your tour
  • must leave Australia with your tour group before your visa expires

How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa. If we grant you a visa we will let you know how long you can stay in your visa grant letter. We consider the length of your tour when we determine your stay period.

We grant the visa with either:

  • single entry. If you leave Australia you will have to apply for another visa to come back
  • multiple entry. You can leave and re-enter Australia on this visa while it is valid


The visa costs from AUD145 for each applicant.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics. 

Processing times

  • 75% of applications in 1 days
  • 90% of applications in 2 days

Your application might take longer to process if:

  • you do not fill it in correctly
  • you do not include all the documents we need or we need more information from you
  • it takes us time to verify your information


  • You must meet our health requirement.
  • You must meet our character requirement.
  • Have enough money: You must have, or have access to, enough money to support yourself while you are in Australia.
  • Be a genuine visitor: You must intend to:
    • stay only temporarily in Australia
    • do only the things the visa allows you to do
  • Be a genuine visitor
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