Eligible travellers must be able to meet the following criteria to be permitted to transit Australia without applying for a visa. Travellers must:
- enter Australia by aircraft
- hold a confirmed onward booking to leave Australia to travel to a third country on the same or another aircraft within 8 hours of arrival in Australia
- hold documentation necessary to enter the country of destinationand
- not need to leave the airport transit lounge except to continue their journey.
If passengers are required to pass through Immigration clearance and check-in to their onward flight, including managing their luggage, they will require a visa to enter Australia. An appropriate visa for this purpose will need to be applied for and granted before travelling to Australia.
There are limited transit facilities available at the Gold Coast airport (OOL).
Overnight stays are not permitted at Cairns (CNS) and Sydney (SYD) airports. Passengers transiting overnight will need an appropriate visa for Australia to leave the airport to access overnight accommodation.
Transit facilities at Adelaide airport (ADL) are only available for passengers arriving and departing on the same aircraft. However the transit lounge will be made available for other transit passengers if the airline provides advance notice.