Mice Affairs Media Group, News Desk, 21 Feb 2022
Tourism Australia is delighted to welcome back travellers from India with borders now open for quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated visa holders
Pre-Covid, India was Australia’s fastest growing inbound tourism market for three years. In 2019, Australia welcomed almost 400,000 visitors from India and was the sixth most valuable market for spend, contributing over A$ 1.8 billion.
(Hon. Dan Tehan MP - Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment of Australia welcoming tourists back to Australia on 21 Feb 2022)
“At Tourism Australia we are so excited to be welcoming back
international visitors who make up a critical part of our visitor economy. We
know Australia remains an incredibly desirable destination, especially
for visitors from India and we can’t wait to once again share all of the unforgettable
tourism experiences we have to offer here in Australia,” Tourism Australia Managing
Director Phillipa Harrison said.
Tourism Australia Country Manager – India, Nishant Kashikar said “Our
research has consistently shown that there is a huge pent-up demand for travel to
Australia amongst Indian travellers. Through our campaign activities, engaging
Public Relations (PR) and Advocacy initiatives, collaborations with Key
Distribution Partners (KDPs) and airline partners, we are optimistic of converting
this demand and seeing India return to growth in arrivals to Australia”.
Tourism Australia’s recent
Consumer Demand Project research suggests that 1.8 Mn (or 82%) out of 2.2 Mn
High Value Travellers from India intend to visit Australia over the next two
years. This demand is well complemented by the boost to direct aviation access
between India and Australia with the commencement of direct flights by Qantas
and Air India in recent times.
Another initiative to
encourage holiday visitors from India is the Visa
Application Charge (VAC) waiver announcement by Department of Home Affairs, for
those tourists whose visa to Australia has either expired or will expire
between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2022.
the upcoming weeks, Tourism Australia will be collaborating with travel partners
including MakeMyTrip, Pick Your Trail, Thomas Cook, SOTC, Kesari Tours, Kulin
Kumar Holidays, Travel Tours, Veena World and airline partners including
Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Air India and Qantas amongst others to
encourage early bookings to Australia and influence Indian travellers to take
an Australian holiday for the summer travel period.
Australia will be hosting the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup from 22 October – 13 November this year and it presents a fantastic opportunity for Indian cricket loving tourists and business travellers to visit and enjoy an experience of the game and beyond.
Department of Home Affairs have started processing all
visa categories and urges you to lodge your visa applications as early as you
can, before the intended date of departure.
Visa Application Charge (VAC) Waiver for Tourists
If a traveller held a Visitor visa
(Subclass 600) that expired, or
will expire, between 20 March 2020 and 30 June 2022, then you will be able to apply for a future
Visitor visa, at no cost, under Visa
Application Charge (VAC) waiver provisions. You must lodge
your application by 31 December 2022 to receive the VAC Waiver. You can
indicate your eligibility for the VAC waiver when you apply for your new visa.
For further details, visit Refunds and waivers of Visa Application Charges | COVID-19 and the
Before departing from India, travellers need to have a:
1) Valid visa
2) Vaccination certificate with two doses (Both Covishield and
Covaxin are recognized by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration - TGA)
3) Negative rapid antigen test (RAT) under medical supervision (24
hours prior) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Covid-19 test taken within 72
hours prior to departure
Passenger Declaration to be submitted 72 hours prior to
vaccination exceptions and arrangements
for children below 18 years:
Information on vaccination exceptions and arrangements for
children below 18 years can be found here: Vaccinated
travellers | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)
All travellers need to
undertake a self-monitored, Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), within 24 hours of
arrival into Australia i.e. New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Australian
Capital Territory, etc. Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) results need to be reported to
the respective state authority only if you test positive.
Tourists travelling to
South Australia will have to undertake a PCR test within 24 hours of arrival
and those travelling to Western Australia will have to undergo a Rapid Antigen
Test (RAT) within 12 hours of arrival.
Travellers will need to comply with requirements in the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territories that they plan to travel to or transitioning through. Information on entry requirements is updated regularly so it is important to check the latest requirements before travelling.
● For requirements for travel into specific states and territories in Australia, visit State and Territory Information.
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