What is a visa

A visa is permission for you to enter another country that you are not a citizen of. It could be for a holiday or you may just be transiting at the airport on the way to somewhere else. 

Not all countries require Australian citizens to have a visa to visit and each country has different requirements.

The Australian government does not issue the visa to you – you have to apply to the Embassy or Consulate of the country you are wanting to visit.

If you would like to know what is the difference between an Embassy and a Consulate is click here>>

Remember some visas can take weeks to obtain so it’s best to apply early.

Which Visa Do I need?

Not all countries require you to have a visa. If you are on a cruise ship you may not need one but if you fly in by plane you might.

The way to find out is to contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country you are visiting.

You can also ask your travel agent. We work with Travel Direct>> and their great team will be able to advise you on your visa requirements.


What Else do I Need to Know?

  • A Visa does not replace a Passport – you need both
  • Visa scams are common so make sure you are dealing with the Embassy or the Consulate of the country you are visiting
  • A Visa does not guarantee you entry into the country – that remains at the discretion of the Customs Officer
  • If you are travelling on a holiday visa you cannot work in that country
  • Your Visa must be in date at the time you use it – they do have expiry dates

Travel is a wonderful opportunity so don’t let applying for a Visa put you off. Apply early and you will have plenty of time to get sorted.

Enjoy where your Travel CPD can take you!