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Australia's Visa Label Policy

Australia’s Visa Label Policy

The Australian Government does not require holders of Australian visas to have a visa label in their passport.

We electronically record all visas issued to non-citizens providing them permission to travel, enter and/or remain in Australia. This means that evidence of a visa grant in the form of a visa label is no longer routinely issued to visa holders. Instead, electronic visas are linked to a visa holder’s current passport which enables us to provide accurate, secure and real-time information about a visa holder’s visa details. It is also more secure than issuing a visa label as it reduces the risk of fraud.

Having this electronic connection also enables online checking of visa details by visa holders, airlines, registered Australian organisations andAustralian government agencies.

About your visa

When you receive your Australian visa you are issued with a visa grant notification letter that explains the conditions of your visa including period of validity and entry requirements. You should retain this for your own reference and may wish to carry it with you when you travel as it contains important information about your visa. The information contained within the visa grant notification letter will help you check your visa details online using the department’s Visa Entitlement Verification Online service, known as VEVO.

For more information see: Visa labels

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I check my visa?

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa status and entitlements.

Your electronic visa details are linked to the passport information you gave us in your application. To login to VEVO, you will need your passport and personal information, plus one of the following:

  • a Transaction Reference Number (TRN) – we give you a TRN if you applied for your visa online
  • a visa grant number – you can find this on your visa grant notification letter
  • if you have an existing visa label in your passport, you can use the visa evidence number from the label.

For more information: see: Visa labels

Do I need a visa label in my passport to travel to Australia?

No. Australian visas are recorded electronically. You do not need a visa label in your passport to travel to, enter or stay in Australia.

The vast majority of people travelling to and residing in Australia do so without an Australian visa label in their passport.

While most countries accept travellers without an Australian visa label in their passport, it is your responsibility to check with the relevant government authorities regarding specific exit or transit requirements. The Australian Government cannot advise on other countries’ requirements.

Some foreign governments recommend that you carry your visa grant notification letter and travel itinerary when you travel.

How will my visa be checked at the airport?

Airlines that fly to Australia must provide details of all passengers to Australia’s immigration and customs authorities ahead of their arrival in Australia.

When you check-in for your flight to Australia, airline staff will use your passport details to check if you have a valid visa to travel to Australia before allowing you to board the aircraft. This typically only takes seconds to complete. This is completed electronically and there is no need for a visa label in your passport.

For more information see: Visa labels