Introducing the collection of biometrics
From 16 August 2022, the Department of Home Affairs will start collecting biometrics from people in the Republic of Korea who apply for a visa to Australia. Biometrics are collected through a quick and easy process that captures a photograph of your face and a 10-digit electronic fingerprint scan (the fingerprint scan does not use any ink).
Biometrics will be collected from visa applicants of any nationality who are in the Republic of Korea at the time of making a visa application to enter Australia, unless they are excluded or exempt from the Program.
Visa applicants in the Republic of Korea who lodge their applications from 16 August 2022 may receive a letter requiring them to attend the Australian Biometric Collection Centre (ABCC) located in Seoul.
Applicants for Electronic Travel Authorities (ETA), subclass 417 Working Holiday Maker visas and APEC Business Travel Cards will not be required to provide their biometrics at the ABCC. Applicants for subclass 400 or 600 visas who hold a passport of the Republic of Korea will also not be required to provide biometrics.
Applicants will need to book an appointment on the VFS Global website. You should only book a biometrics collection appointment if you receive a letter requesting you to provide your biometrics.
Australia's border reopening
From 12:01am AEST on Wednesday 6 July 2022:
People travelling to Australia will no longer have to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status;
All visa holders, including unvaccinated visa holders, can travel to Australia without needing a travel exemption; and
People arriving in Australia by sea will no longer need to complete a Maritime Travel Declaration.
Please find detailed information at the website below.
Australia requires all foreign travellers to hold a visa to enter the country. The type of visa you apply for depends on your length of stay, your passport and the purpose of your travel.
Citizens of the Republic of Korea travelling to Australia for up to 3 months for tourism, visiting friends or family, or on business visits can apply for an ETA through the Australian ETA App. Download the Australian ETA app for free from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play store (Android).
If you wish to travel to Australia for other purposes or if you do not have an ETA-eligible passport, please visit the website of the Department of Home Affairs to see what types of visas are available for travel to Australia. We cannot advise you which visa to apply for.
If you require assistance with your visa application, you may wish to contact a travel agent or a registered migration agent.
If you have questions, you can contact the Department of Home Affairs via the Australian Immigration Enquiry Form or by telephone.