I am English with Australian citizenship by descent. I'm off to Australia in October 2018. I've been trying hard to find from the embassy if I can travel on an English passport with a tourist visa. My Australian passport expired over 10 years ago and I got married since, so I think I would have to reapply as a lot of time has passed and my name changed. Is it worth trying to apply for the visa and see if they let me do it?

I would be most grateful for any help.


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    English passport with a tourist visa Who told you you need a visa ? UK citizens don't need one. You only need an ETA and that is processed for free.
    – DumbCoder
    Jan 9, 2018 at 10:38

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As an Australian citizen you must always leave and enter Australia on an Australian passport. If you also have a passport from another country you can use that for travel once you have left Australia.

People trying to enter Australia as an Australian citizen but without an Australian passport face difficulties and delays. The Australian Passport Office provides more information.


So no, you need to apply for and get a new Australian passport before you travel to Australia or you might be stopped by the airline or face a long immigration interview till they can verify your citizenship. You are not entitled to an Australian visa since you are an Australian citizen.

  • Thank you I had an idea that I would but was hoping to save some money. Off to get an application form Jan 9, 2018 at 10:12

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