I am an Indian passport holder and have applied for Australian transit visa 10 days ago. It has not been granted yet. Processing time for Australian visas is 6-8 days.

I have to travel to Port Vila, Vanuatu, via Singapore and Brisbane, Australia. I have a 3.5-hour layover in Australia. I'm leaving the day after tomorrow. So, basically, I have one day left to get my visa.

What should be my course of action if I do not get my visa tomorrow? Can I show the proof of application for a transit visa from the Australian home affairs website? Will the authorities at the airport have a database of applications and their status?

The immigration website says that you may not need a transit visa if you are transiting through Australia for not more than 8 hours and not leaving the transit area. Does it apply for everyone?

I have to collect my baggage from one airline and check-in to another airline in Brisbane. Do I have to leave the transit area for that, if the 8-hour thing applies for me?

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    In this case you do need a visa. You won’t remain airside. Commented Aug 12, 2018 at 7:24

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As per the Department's website, Indian citizens are not eligible for transit without visa arrangements, regardless of whether they remain or exit the airside transit area. This means you must have a visa to travel to Australia.

When checking into your flight to Australia at the first point of departure, the airline will check your Australian visa electronically using the Australian Government's Advance Passenger Processing (APP) system. If you do not have a valid Australian transit visa at that time, APP will indicate as such, and you will be denied boarding.

Showing your visa application paperwork will not make a difference, as an application for a visa is not a visa.

You should consider changing your travel plans if you cannot obtain a visa in time.

  • well ,transit visa didn't come through. I had to reschedule my tickets.Now once if the transit visa is granted for the original date of departure, do I have to apply for transit visa again for the new date of departur
    – traveller
    Commented Aug 13, 2018 at 14:58
  • @traveller Sorry to hear that. If you have a new question, please ask it as a new question. Commented Aug 17, 2018 at 11:36

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