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Australians in the Philippines

We know that this is a difficult time for those affected by COVID-19. We have put together a guide with useful information to answer your enquiries on:


Entering and Leaving Australia

From 6 July 2022, unvaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents can leave and enter Australia without an individual travel exemption. Travellers entering or leaving Australia do not require a negative pre-departure test and cruise vessels can enter Australian territory.


All incoming travellers will need to comply with the testing and quarantine requirements of the state or territory of their arrival, and any other state or territory to which they plan to travel.  Visit for more information.  


It is important to remember that other countries, and private airlines, vessel operators and tour companies, may have their own requirements for travellers.


Unvaccinated visa holders will no longer need a travel exemption to enter Australia. For all the latest information about Australia’s border arrangements, please visit:


Australian Visa

Some services relating to the visa application process may be impacted by COVID-19 and a range of services we rely on are increasingly unavailable. Visit the Visas and Citizenship page for more information.



From 04 April 2022, visa applicants in the Philippines must complete biometric (face photograph and fingerprint scan) collection for each application lodged, irrespective of their nationality, unless they are excluded or exempt from the biometric program.


Biometrics are collected through a quick and easy process that captures a photograph of your face and a 10-digit electronic fingerprint. Applicants will be required to provide their biometrics each and every time they apply for a visa.


When you lodge your application online, you will be sent a request to provide personal identifiers (biometrics) via email. You should make an appointment to attend an Australian Biometrics Collection Centre (ABCC) in person to provide your biometrics. Take a copy of that email and your passport to the appointment.


You must provide your biometrics within 14 days of online lodgement or notify the relevant visa processing office if unable to do so.

VFS Global operates two ABCCs in the Philippines (in Manila and Cebu). The ABCC will charge a service fee for the collection of biometrics.

For more information about biometric collection procedures, fees charged, contact details, ABCC locations, or to book your biometrics appointment, please visit Welcome to VFS Global| vfsglobal.


*Please note that applicants who lodged between 4 April and 21 April 2022 may no longer be required to provide biometrics. Australia’s Department of Home Affairs has emailed applicants where biometric collection has been waived.



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