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IMPORTANT CHANGE - Visa label free arrangements in Indonesia from 1 July 2012
Travellers to Australia do not need a visa label in their passport (label-free). Australia’s electronic visa system enables visa status to be checked electronically by airline staff at check-in at airports servicing direct flights to Australia, and by cruise ship staff on-route to Australia. Airlines not flying direct to Australia, but feeding into airlines that do, also have the ability to check visa status using the Electronic Travel Authority System (ETAS).
Airlines and passenger ships are required to provide details of all passengers and crew to Australia’s immigration and customs authorities ahead of their arrival in Australia using the Advance Passenger Processing (APP) system. APP is a pre-arrival reporting system used by international airlines and cruise liners to verify a traveller’s authority to travel to and enter Australia, and to provide Australia’s border agencies with advance notice of people travelling to Australia.
From 24 November 2012, if travellers still need or request a label they will need to pay a fee for it. This cost for a visa label is called the Visa Evidence Charge (VEC). Travellers can only request and pay for a visa label if they have a current Australian visa. Regardless of when a visa application was lodged, or a visa granted, anyone who requests a visa label after 24 November 2012 will be charged.
The charge for a visa label is AUD70 (IDR 720,000)
There will be exemptions to the VEC for humanitarian, diplomatic and government sponsored visa applicants.
Australia does not require travellers to have a label in their passport, however, clients are still provided with the option of requesting one if it is necessary for transit or exit purposes. It is the traveller’s responsibility to confirm other countries’ transit or exit requirements before travel to Australia.