Non-Australian citizens transiting Australia to another country or passing through Australia to join a ship as crew must obtain a visa overseas before travelling to Australia.
A transit visa is required even if a traveller remains on the same aircraft in the same airport.
The relevant visa is Transit visa (subclass 771), which is free of charge and allows the holder to enter and remain in Australia for up to 72 hours.
A detailed information sheet and checklist is available to assist applicants in completing the visa application process in Vietnam.
Maritime Crew Visa
Sea crew arriving in Australia are required to hold a Maritime Crew Visa (MCV).
A fine of AUD$ 5,000.00 may be issued to the ship's Master or agent for every foreign crew member in breach of the requirement. In addition, crew will be restricted on board the vessel while it is in Australia.
To apply for a Maritime Crew Visa, visit: http://www.immi.gov.au/sea/
To check if crew hold an MCV
Use the online MCV Status Enquiry facility
Crew travelling to Australia by air
The MCV is not valid for travel to Australia by air. Crew travelling by air to join their ship need another visa, such as an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), Transit Visa, Tourist Visa, or Short stay Business Visa, to travel to Australia as an airline passenger. They must also hold an MCV to sign onto the ship.
Note: Crew mush hold an MCV before applying for a Transit Visa to fly to Australia.
Last updated 22 July 2011