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AUSTRALIA VISA GUIDE FOR FILIPINOS | How to Apply for Australia Tourist Visa Online for Filipinos

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AUSTRALIA VISA GUIDE FOR FILIPINOS | I got mine within twenty-fours hours! True story! How to Apply for Australia Tourist Visa Online for Filipinos.

EDIT: Tobias (my boyfriend) and I thoroughly enjoyed our one-month trip to Australia. We campervanned from Sydney all the way to Cairns. Look out for our detailed itinerary and expenses on Among Fernweh, a blog that we started this year. 

This guide solely focuses on how to apply for Australia tourist visa online for Filipinos, which means your physical presence or physical submission of the requirements are not needed. The good thing about applying for Australian visa, it does not require you to present a travel itinerary, hotel booking, and all those stressful requirements other  developed countries imposed.

My visa application was approved within 24 hours, much to my surprise! The online application was easy as long as you have all the documents needed.

But if you prefer to submit all the requirements physically and you are based in Cebu, you can go to

VFS Global Services Philippines Private Inc.,
9th Floor, Keppel Center, Unit 905, Samar Loop
cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue,
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City 6000 (This is near Ayala Cebu; it is the maroon building across from Sun Life Building. Japan consulate is also in the same building.)

TAKE NOTE: Applying via VFS takes more time and entails more requirements. You cannot pay by cash or credit card. There is a need to get a manager’s cheque to pay for your visa application. Check Lilliane of Wanderlass’ visa application guide to Australia via VFS.

STEP 1 Gather all requirements.

(In my case, I prepared and scanned all the following documents.)

✔️Scan the page that has your photo and passport information
✔️Scan all pages that have stamps [to establish your travel history]
✔️Birth Certificate

Financial Documents:

✔️ Bank Certificate [IMPORTANT READ: Why you must have a separate travel fund bank account. The amount in your bank account should be proportional to the number of days you are staying in Australia. It took me two years to reach my Php180K, my initial travel fund for my year-long trip with Tobias]
✔️Certificate of Employment [For freelancer, I advise you to ask for a certificate of employment from your regular client. Ask them to indicate the amount you earned from them.]
✔️Income Tax Return [Can be foregone as long as you have an established travel history and enough supporting documents to prove that you can fund your trip]

Supporting Documents:

✔️Monthly Pay Slip
✔️Latest Credit Card Statement (I included two credit cards)
✔️My Sunlife VUL (If you have land titles, life insurance, investment, include them here.)

Mode of Payment

I used a credit card for the visa application fee ($135, roughly Php5000.00). Debit card and Paypal are now accepted as well.

2. Go Online

✔️Make sure you have a stable Internet connection
✔️Create an Immi Account, the online visa application system of Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection
✔️Start your application. There are 18 pages to fill up. The documents mentioned above will be uploaded on the last part.
✔️Review all the pages before you click the submit button.
✔️Pay the online visa application fee.
✔️You will receive an acknowledgement email that your application has been received.

3. Wait like an eager lover. 

You will also receive an email if your visa is granted or rejected. If it is granted, all you have to do is to print the PDF and bring it with you once you travel to Australia. If you want to have a visa stamped on your passport, you have to pay extra for that. And personally, I do not want to. A visa stamp eats up an entire passport page.

The application process can last up to a month. Ayn got his within a week. Edcel and Sheena got theirs after three weeks.

As I said, my application is granted within 24 hours. Perhaps because all my documents are complete. I got a multiple entry visa valid until October 20, 2017.

Odd though that Australia’s multiple entry visa can only last a year, unlike Japan’s or the USA’s.

Here is hoping you find this entry helpful!

As you can see, it is not as hard as thought it would be. The online application and transaction is easy and fast. Poor but want to travel abroad? You might want to read this.


Should I get a single or multiple entry visa?

It solely depends on your purpose. I got a multiple entry visa, valid for a year. My partner and I traveled to Papua New Guinea for two weeks, located north of Australia. One of the possible exits from PNG is the land down under. And, Australia might also be a possible entry for our trip to South America. I stated these reasons in one of the many pages of the application forms.

Should I book my flights and hotels before I process the visa?

Nope. Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection does not require its possible visitors to do so.

Should I have a health checkup?

If you are applying for a tourist visa and you’re only staying for 3 months max, you don’t have to. Check the different types of visa Australia has.

Do I have to show up for the interview?

Nope, you don’t. That’s the good thing about Australia, compared to other developed countries, it is less taxing to process the visa.

Do I need a notarized document from the ambassador of Australia?

Nope, you don’t. I listed all the requirements above.

Can I apply an Australia tourist visa online for a group?

Yes, you can. You will be asked if you’re applying online for an individual or for a group.

Do I need to present an itinerary of your Australia trip?

Nope, you don’t have to. But you will be asked for your Australia address instead once you made it in Australia. Simply give the address of the hotel  you’re staying for the first few days. Or if you are staying with a friend or relative, just indicate their address.

My boyfriend sponsors my trip. How to process the needed papers online?

I could not help you with this aspect. I made this guide out of my own experience. So please check other resources online that detail the process that you need for this.

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Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at Find me somewhere else!

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  1. Jik says:

    Hi Jona,
    Thanks for sharing. This is very helpful as I’m planning to visit Australia in the near future 🙂

  2. Suzette says:

    Salamat sa very informative na blog. 7 person ang nakaline up kung iaapply. Online na lang gagamitin ko. Tanong ko lang pede bang 1 user id lang for 7 applicants? Thanks.

  3. donesa says:

    Hi me how to process for tourist.because i only account.i dont hve invesment ot title land?i prefer use tourist because i want to meet my bf actualy wat.can

  4. Marjorie says:

    Hi po, mag tatanong lang po sana ako, kasi yung boyfriend ko po sasagut lahat, tourist visa rin po kasi, pero sya po mag iisponsor ,ano po dapat na mga requirements

  5. Joanna says:

    Hi po question ko lang po, what if first time mu magtatravel then sa Australia agad is it possible na mareject yung application mu? Thanks po .

  6. Rosh says:

    Hi!! So you did not submit any plane or hotel bookings right? Im about to lodge my application in a week. Just asking around…

  7. Mae says:

    Thank you for this informative post. It would really help me with my application to Australia soon as a freelancer myself. On that note, do you have something about application for visas to New Zealand as well?

  8. Kaye says:

    Hi Jona,

    Just wanted to confirm since it’s not listed on your blog if you also submitted a passport size photo and an itinerary before your visa got approved. Thanks!

    • Hi there, Kaye! As I’ve mentioned, getting an Australia visa is not as strenuous as getting a US or Schengen visa. So there is no need to present an itinerary. I did not submit a passport photo either. I’ll include your question in the Q and A part. Thanks!

      • Kaye says:

        Thank Jona for the swift response! Aside from the items you submitted above, did you also made a cover letter? Any idea if you need at least 6 digits on your bank account? I am planning to apply in two months I am worried I might not be able to achieve it because of the minumum money requirement. Thanks!

        • I got 6 digits in mine. But I think it is not really needed as long as your savings are proportional to the number of days you’re going to stay in. Nope, as I said, I did not submit a photo nor a cover letter. If I did not mention it, it means I did not do it. 😉

      • Kaye says:

        Did you also submit a passport sized photo? Just wanted to confirm because it was not listed on the blog. 🙂 thanks!

  9. Kaye says:

    Thank you Jona. One last question. How come you did not submitted a passport sized photograph? Checking on their website (, they are requiring to have one. Is this only for those applicants who wish to apply personally and not online? Please enlighten me. Thanks!

  10. Michael says:

    Hi. In the part where you indicate how long you intend to stay in Australia, did you select up to 3 months or up to 12 months? I was wondering if it has an effect on how long the validity of VISA will be granted. Planning to go there for 1-2 weeks but hoping to get multiple entry for 1 year to visit be able to visit more often my sister without applying every time. Thinking if I should select up to 12 months but I don;t know if it will require us to have medical exam.

  11. Michael says:

    Hi. In the part where you indicate how long you intend to stay in Australia, did you select up to 3 months or up to 12 months? I was wondering if it has an effect on how long the validity of VISA will be granted. Planning to go there for 1-2 weeks but hoping to get multiple entry for 1 year to visit be able to visit more often my sister without applying every time. Thinking if I should select up to 12 months but I don;t know if it will require us to have medical exam.

  12. Danica says:

    Hi there! Thank you so much for writing this blog entry. It helps me a lot… I have a question, dear. I already purchased my plane ticket and made hotel reservations, and I’ll be applying for a visa this weekend via online. One of my friends mentioned to not declare a specific travel period (hence, I should not declare my purchases), do you think the same? Then, for the monthly payslip, should it be for 3 months? Or the latest payslip will do? Thank you.

    • Hi there, Danica. As I’ve mentioned in the entry, I did not book anything before I applied for the visa. If you are certain that your visa will be approved, then go ahead. Better not declare that you have booked your flight and hotels too. Three months is better than one month.

  13. Pixie says:

    Hi there Jona, may I ask if the visa grant was sent directly to the email address you have used or is it found in the immiAccount? I have lodged my visa with an agency but the problem is I do not have the access with the immiAccount and the agency is not that responsive with my messages. I only have the access with the email address used and have received the automated email. I was just wandering if the grant is inside the immiAccount or the email itself. Thank you!

  14. hannah says:

    Hi Jona, may I ask you attach a cover letter to your application? Thanks

  15. Mariz says:

    Hi Ms. Jona, plano ko po sanang mag submit online ng application kaso nung mag attach na po ako ng documents I clicked the blue button na may question mark then yung nakalagay po don I need to submit a certified copy of that document does that mean kelangan pong naka notaryo po ang document na yun? I actually saw don po sa FAQ na hindi na kelangan pero just to clarify or baka may changes lang po. Thank you

    • Hi, Mariz.Nope, pag-online application, there is no need for notarized documents, well, as per my personal experience. Just scan all the needed documents. Good luck with your application!

    • May says:

      Hi Mariz,

      Natuloy ba ang pag apply mo online? I am currently applying online and I wanted to know how you did on your application. Pina certified copy mo ba mga docs mo? Na approve ba? Thanks

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  17. Koleen says:

    Hi Ms. Jona. I’m about to apply for a visa January next year. Do they still require the passport size photo? For online application what are the steps or requirements to attach it. Thank you!

  18. Koleen says:

    Good day! I hope you can help me. I’m in the middle of filling out my online application form and I’m being asked what is the relationship between me and the one who will sponsor my travel (page 12/20). Since it’s my boyfriend who is sponsoring the trip I was hoping that “friend” would be available in the drop box list pero wala po kasi eh. What do you think could be the problem? Thanks for helping me out 🙂

  19. Mary Joy Bumanglag says:

    Hi Ms. Jona. I’m almost finish in accomplishing my visa request application. Already uploading and attaching the necessary documents into my account. Just want to ask we’re will I attached my NSO Birth Certificate copy. I can’t find any field where this document is intended to attach. Hoping for your kind response. Thank you very much 🙂

    • rai says:

      Hi Mary Joy,

      I also have the same problem. Were you able to resolve this? May I know san part mo sya in-attach? 🙂

  20. Bryan says:

    Hi Ate Jona, I would like to ask if what should I present in Philippine Immigration? I am a freelancer. Thanks

  21. Kate S says:

    Hi Jona,

    Everything you’ve written is very helpful, thank you for this. Just want to ask, What month would you suggest for me to lodge my visa if I’m traveling on December? Also knowing that December would be a peak season. Hope you could help, thanks 🙂

  22. Les Limson says:

    Hi, your blog is very informative! I just want to ask if I can declare my payroll account as my bank statement/certificate? I am making this account as stable as it is possible with minimal cash withdrawn and have almost 100k ending balance. I am worried now and it is my fault not to have a separate personal savings account. Will apply on the last week of June or first week of July, I am travelling with my boyfriend’s family. Hope you can help me with this. Thanks dear!

    • Hi there, Les. Yes, that can be counted as financial statement. I also did that. I used my payroll. Your Payroll should be attached to a bank account no? If that so, you can ask a bank statement from your bank. And print out your payroll at the same time. Good luck and let me know if you enjoyed Australia as much as I did.

  23. Tine says:


    I have a few questions:
    1. Can I use one Immi acct for my son and my fiance? I read somewhere that group application should be your relatives but we are not yet married.
    2. Were all your documents printed and scanned? I have Taiwan e-visa pdf, do I need to print it then scan it pa?
    3. Did you submit bank cert only? My acct is almost 3 months old only and planning to just submit the bank cert.


    • 1. I don’t have the answer, dear. But I think it is applicable.
      2. The purpose of scanning your documents is to make it digital. If you print your e-visa and scan it, that’s being redundant. You don’t have to.
      3. Read the guide thoroughly. I include all the docs I submitted. Thanks

  24. Rai says:

    Hi, loved your blog! By the way, do you need certified copies of all the documents? Also, I cannot find the section where I need to Attach my birth certificate. Which section did you attach yours? For the birth certificate ID number, do you have any idea where can I actually find it? 🙂

    Thanks in advance for your help!

  25. Jade says:

    Hi Jona! I’ve read from another blog na bank statement ang sinubmt. But in your case, bank certificate lang po sinubmit nyo, right? Thanks!

    • What’s the difference? The bank certificate has your bank statement for the past the three months. I think I got both.

      • Jade says:

        Bank Certificate is a certification that the applicant has a certain account on that bank with a remaining balance as of date. Bank statement shows your Statement of Account in a certain period with account history and transactions. Usually 3 or 6 month period, depends on the requirement of the embassy. I’m confused lang if required talaga na 6 months or pwedeng 3 months lang. So yung sayo, 3 months lang pala. Thanks!

  26. grace says:

    Hi joana.. May itanong lang po ako.. plan ko po kasi mag apply tourist visa sa autralia.. gusto ko lang mag vacation doon ng 5days.. ang problema ko wala akong itr na masupport.. pwede lang ba na ang masupport ko are
    my birth cert
    birth cert of my family
    cert of employment
    cert of lev of absence
    my bank cert
    bank cert of my father as my sponsor
    sponsor letter
    retirement order of my father source of his money
    retirement id of my father
    my company id
    travel insurance

  27. Ram says:

    Good day po,

    I came across here po sa inyong post kasi gusto kong malaman ang iba pang mga requirements sa pag apply nung tourist visa to Australia and I have a friend referring me a site for consulting online for free kasi daw meron na syang karanasan sa pag eennquire dito at ito yung site na ne refer nya at gusto ko lang malaman na ano po ba yung tingin mu sa website na ito kasi I think you know much more than I do about Australian visa so I was just wondering about it.

  28. Jason Briggs says:

    The post is informative and likely to get the best working-holiday visa with your stress-free guide.

  29. Ysa VDD says:

    Hi, I was wondering when does the 3 month-Aussie Tourist Visa start? I plan to apply by December, for a trip around April. Does the 3 month visa start right after it is issued to you, or does it start on the dates you plan to travel? Thank you.

  30. Leah says:

    Hello my dear. Just want to ask, regarding with the group application, is it okay to apply with my friends (senior citizens) or only applicable to family group? Your response is highly appreciated.

  31. Alden Joyce says:

    Hi! I just want to ask po, this will be my first time to travel. I only have payroll account, pero palagi ko rin pong winiwithdraw lahat ng amount. So meaning, walang natitira. I just opened a savings account last week. But it only has 10k initial deposit. Balak ko pong patransferan ng 50-100k yung account na yun. And will apply for visa early Feb. Do you think may maging prob po yun? My Australian boyfriend will finance my trip including accmodation, food and travelling expenses. 2nd question po, wala pong boyfriend or friend sa lists ng sponsor. What will I choose po? Thanks in advance!

    • Jona | Backpacking with a Book says:

      Hi there, Alden! When it comes to this, I have no personal experiences. Give it a try and ask your boyfriend to do the research.

  32. AJ says:

    Hi po Ate Jona! Just want to ask po, if my bf will sponsor me for my trip to Australia (travel expenses, food and accomodation), my questions are:
    1. Is it required for him to submit his bank statement and COE or letter of invitation is enough already?
    2. We’re still not sure when is the exact date of arrival and departure. But we’re hoping for 3 months stay. If we indicate just one month, say from March 31, 2019 to April 30, 2019. But say we want to maximize the 3 months stay, will I be allowed? I mean I only put one month stay on the planned arrival and departure. But later on decided to maximize 3 months. (We’re worried cuz it may require us to have bigger amount of show money, so we’re thinking of just putting a one month stay.)
    3. What will I choose on the lists of sponsor if he’s just my boyfriend? Boyfriend or friend is not listed on the choices. There’s fiance’ on the choices, but we’re not engaged.
    4. Can I use my payroll account, even tho I always get all the money there every payday? I only leave 50-100 on that account. And I just opened a savings account at BPI last week. I’m planning to ask my father to transfer money on my account. But I”m worried that I may be questioned if I also submit that.

    Thanks in advance for the reply po.

    • Jona | Backpacking with a Book says:

      Hi there, Alden. I think if you indicate that you only want to stay for a month, the immigration might only give you a month. It’s better to indicate the planned stay. You can submit your payroll (the latest three months) and your saving account statement.

      As for your boyfriend’s documents, I really don’t have a first-hand experience on this matter. But just give it a try and hope for the best!

  33. AJ says:

    Thank you very much for answering my questions po 🙂 Additional question po, what if my father will sponor me? But I’m an illegitimate child. Am I allowed to be sponsored by him though I’m illegitimate? Btw, my father acknowledged me on my birth certificate. Thanks po sa reply. God bless you po :))

  34. Eliza says:

    Hi! I want to ask about the requirement (life insurance). What do I need to send to the embassy if I want to include my life insurance as a requirement? Is it the policy copy ba? Or do I need to ask an specific document from the Insurance company?

    I hope for your reply thanks!

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