Subclass 771: Transit Visa


Transit visas are for individuals who plan to travel through Australia on their way to another country and stay in Australia for less than 72 hours. This visa can also be utilised by people holding Subclass 988 Maritime Crew visas to enter Australia and sign-on as crew members of civilian ships in Australia.

Application Charges

This visa has no application charge associated with it.

Circumstances at the Time of Application

All applicants must be outside Australia when applying for this visa.
Both primary and secondary applicants must satisfy all the following criteria:

  • Intention
    The applicant must intend to remain in Australia for no more than 72 hours after entering.
  • Purpose
    The applicant must show that they wish to enter Australia, either to;
    • Pass through Australia in transit to another country; or
    • Pass through Australia to “sign on” to a non-military ship
  • Evidence
    All applicants must show evidence, such as tickets or travel documents, which show they have arrangements to travel to a destination outside of Australia.

Circumstances at the Time of Decision

Applicants must be outside and continue to satisfy the criteria which was required at the time of application.

Relevant Public Interest Criteria:

4002, 4003, 4004, 4005, 4013, 4014 and 4020.

Relevant Special Return Criteria:

5001 and 5002

Visa Conditions

Mandatory Conditions

Must enter Australia on or before the date specified in the grant.

8101: The holder must not engage in work in Australia.
8201: While in Australia, the holder must not engage, for more than 3 months, in any studies or training.

Discretionary Conditions

The Department reserves the discretion to impose the following visa conditions:

8501: The holder must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance while the holder is in Australia.
8514: During the visa period of the visa, there must be no material change in the circumstances on the basis of which it was granted.
8516: The holder must continue to be a person who would satisfy the primary or secondary criteria, as the case requires, for the grant of the visa.