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Do I need a Visa Label in my Passport?
Australia’s modern electronic visa system does not require you to have a visa label placed in your passport to confirm your immigration status and entitlements in Australia.
When you check in to fly to Australia, airline staff will use your passport to electronically confirm that you have authority to travel to Australia prior to boarding the aircraft. See: About Your Visa
Foreign governments are aware that Australia does not require a visa label.
You should check with the relevant government authorities regarding requirements to show a visa label in your passport when you transit through or exit a country. The Australian Government cannot advise on other countries’ requirements.
However, please note that the Australian High Commission is aware of travellers experiencing difficulties when transiting or exiting Ethiopia without a visa label in their passport.
New charge for Australian visa labels
From 24 November 2012, visa holders will need to pay a Visa Evidence Charge (VEC) of AUD$70 to have a visa label placed in their passport. The charge is being introduced as part of the user-pays initiatives and to encourage the use of online immigration services.
The VEC of AUD$70 applies irrespective of when a visa was applied for and granted, and applies to those holding a valid Australian visa. Certain exemptions will apply, including for people granted a refugee and humanitarian visa.
Once you have been granted the visa and you wish to have a label in your passport, you must complete form 1405. The form and payment can be submitted to your nearest Visa Application Centre (VFS Global Services) or the Australian High Commission in Kenya. Form 1405 can be downloaded from the website www.immi.gov.au.