Immigration and Border Protection (Visas, Citizenship and Customs)
The Australian Consulate-General in Papeete does not process visa or citizenship applications or enquiries.
Information on visas, citizenship and border protection (including customs) is available from the Australian Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs). See also our page on Immigration, Citizenship and Border Protection.
Covid-19 - Must read information and instructions for Australia
All travellers arriving in Australia need to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) from the Department of Home Affairs website and will have to show their DPD when they check in for your flight. The DPD can be started up to 7 days before a flight to Australia, but can only be submitted it within 72 hours. See the Smartraveller website for more information.
Since 18 April 2022, travellers to Australia are no longer required to undertake a COVID-19 pre-departure test before boarding their flight. However, transit destinations and airlines may have additional requirements in place and travellers should contact their airline about the requirements for their specific flight.
Travellers to Australia must declare their vaccination status to enter Australia and must be able to provide appropriate supporting evidence. Travellers will need to present this at check-in for their flight to Australia.
Travel to Australia remains subject to the quarantine arrangements of each state and territory, which are subject to change. Certain arrivals into Australia, even with a negative COVID-19 test result, may still need to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine on a user-pay basis for quarantine fees at a designated facility at their port of arrival. Unvaccinated travellers require an exemption to enter Australia.
More favourable entry rules may apply to certain arriving travellers who can prove they are fully vaccinated. To benefit from these arrangements, travellers vaccinated in Australia will need to present an Australian International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate. Travellers vaccinated in other countries will be able to present certificates in formats that meet the certain criteria. See the Australian Passports Office website for guidance on foreign vaccination certificates.
Please note the Australian Department of Home Affairs manages entry and travel restrictions to and from Australia, including visas and travel exemptions. The Health Departments of each Australian State and Territory manage health regulations, including quarantine exemptions and fees. All Australian States and Territories have travel restrictions relevant to their jurisdiction that must be adhered to.
Travellers needing assistance with Home Affairs (e.g. visa or travel exemption) or health (e.g. quarantine advice and exemptions) enquiries must contact the relevant competent authorities in Australia directly. Non-Australian travellers (e.g. dual nationals or third country nationals seeking to transit Australia) should contact the relevant Australian authorities directly, seek consular assistance from their own county's nearest diplomatic or consular mission in Australia or contact their airline, cruise line, port agent, travel provider or employer as appropriate.
Australian authorities recommend submitting applications as early as possible. The earliest applications can be submitted is 3 months prior to the intended departure date, and no later than two weeks prior to departure. The Australian Consulate-General is unable to escalate Home Affairs or State and Territory related enquiries or applications, including those relating to exemptions.
All travellers should regularly check all the website links provided for the most up-to-date information regarding their situation and contact relevant authorities in Australia and overseas for assistance applicable to their circumstances. Travellers should also keep up to date with all travel restrictions and regulations both in Australia and overseas and should follow the advice of local authorities, including in French Polynesia, as measures and regulations can be subject to change at short notice.
Please refer to Smartraveller information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) for Australian citizens and permanent residents of Australia, including on the ban on overseas travel from Australia which requires an Australian Border Force exemption if you do not meet the criteria for automatic exemptions. Supporting documentation may be required, including a statement from foreign authorities confirming you are also a citizen of or a resident in the foreign country you intend travelling to.
Department of Home Affairs updates on immigration and entry requirements for those coming to Australia, including for the immediate family of Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia and foreign nationals needing to come to Australia or transit Australia. Please also refer to COVID-19 – Your visa and travel questions answered to understand the visa and travel options available to you.
All travellers should check the website of the Australian Department of Health for COVID-19 advice for international travellers and COVID-19 FAQs for international travellers, as well as information on getting ready for quarantine, including on recommendations before you depart and what to expect on arrival as well as recommendations for when you’re in quarantine and how to look after your health and wellbeing.
Masks are mandatory for all international flights, including within airports. All travellers should read the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) statement on safe air travel – enhancing end-to-end mitigations – international.
Foreign nationals currently in French Polynesia and who are seeking to travel to or transit through Australia must also check the website of the Department of Home Affairs for the most up-to-date information regarding their situation and apply for a visa where required and an exemption to come to Australia or transit Australia. All travellers arriving in or transiting through Australia also need to check the website of the relevant State or Territory government as Australian States and territories can apply their own travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.
COVID-19 pre-departure tests can be undertaken in French Polynesia at the Institut Louis Malarde – Fare COVID (location: corner of Rue des Poilus Tahitiens and Rue du 5 Mars 1797, email: [email protected], phone: +689 40 41 64 72 / +689 40 41 64 16 / +689 40 41 64 69). Local authorities advise tests do not require an appointment, although pre-registration is possible by email. Test results will be made available to travellers through internet with login details provided by Institut Louis Malarde personnel. Further information is available on the website of the Institut Louis Malarde. For other COVID-19 PCR testing centres in French Polynesia, including prices and processes, please check the COVID-19 testing information for travellers returning from the Islands of Tahiti on the website of Tahiti Tourisme.
Travellers should check with their airline and the authorities of the other countries they are travelling to which type of test they require. Travellers transiting the United States should also check with their airline or US authorities about the pre-departure test window for flying to the United States.
Driving in Australia
Information on driving and licence regulations in Australia, can be found at Transport and Licences in Australia.
You can obtain an international driving licence from the relevant authorities in your country (in French Polynesia at Direction des Transports Terrestres).
Biosecurity and Quarantine
Australia benefits from a unique natural environment due to its geographic isolation. Biosecurity and quarantine measures help protect it.
Australian Biosecurity and Quarantine control luggage and parcels in ports and airports in Australia.
For further information, please follow the link to the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Jobs in Australia
The Australian Consulate-General in Papeete is not able to assist people in finding employment in Australia, nor with informaiton on visas and immigration, accommodation options or financial, commercial and legal operations.
A number of websites may be able to assist you.
Back from Australia
If you require a certified copy of your passport as proof of exit from Australia, please consider checking with the relevant Australian authority whether there are local options such as a foreign citizen who holds a particular title or occupation (e.g. notary public, lawyer, police officer, local town hall, etc) who may be accepted as a witness to certify the copy of your passport.
You may also request your international movement records from the Australian Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs).
Plan your trip with the official Tourism Australia website.
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