Australian High Commission
High Commission address: 1/50 G Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021 - Telephone: +91-11-4139 9900, Fax: +91-11-4149 4490

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 and Australian 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:

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

What if I still need a visa label?
It is Australian Government policy to charge for visa labels. You can only request and pay for a visa label if you have a current Australian visa. The cost for a visa label is called the Visa Evidence Charge (VEC).

Refer to Fees and charges for visas for the current VEC.

To request a visa label you must have a current passport and use Form 1405 Visa label request and payment form and submit your passport through one of the channels listed below.

Before you submit a passport for evidencing of a visa label, please ensure that you have a blank page in your passport and the passport itself is not damaged.

At an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC)
A service delivery partner has been appointed to collect passports on behalf of the Australian High Commission Visa Office in India. Passports from all states in India and Nepal can be lodged at an AVAC along with the VEC payment and Form 1405. Please note, you will also be required to pay a processing fee.

AVAC timings can be found here.

Directly to the AHC by courier or mail
Passports sent directly by courier or mail to the Australian High Commission must include:

a demand draft payable at a bank branch in New Delhi in favour of the ‘Australian High Commission, New Delhi’ for the correct VEC, and

a completed Form 1405, and should be sent to:

The Visa Office
Australian High Commission
1/50G Shantipath
New Delhi 110021

In strictly limited circumstances, clients may make an appointment to submit their application at the Australian High Commission. Please contact the Visa Office by the below method to arrange an appointment. Clients who have not made a prior appointment will not be admitted.

• Telephone +91 11 4122 1000 (Please call between 09:00-12:00; or 14:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday).

Have your passport handy at the time of the call or we will not be able to assist you.

How long will it take?
If the packet is sent to the AHC by courier, the courier company will usually take 2-3 working days to be delivered.

If the packet is sent to the AHC by post, the postal services can take up to 15 working days to be delivered.

Please also note that at times there are delays in delivery due to service disruptions.

Once the passport is received, evidencing of the visa will take 5-7 working days to process.

You should make allowances for these timeframes when arranging for your travel to Australia.