Australian High Commission

Transit visa

Transit visa (Subclass 771)

This visa allows people to transit through Australia for up to 72 hours while on their way to another country. A transit visa is required even if you fly out on the same plane and from the same airport which you arrive, or you stay in the transit lounge and do not leave the airport. You will not need a transit visa if you qualify for transit without a visa.

No fee is payable for a transit visa.

The service standard for Transit Visa applications processed by the Visa Section at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur is 5 working days for Low Risk nationals and 10 working days for High Risk nationals.  The terms 'Low risk' and 'High risk' show whether passport holders are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Low risk applies to nationals from countries which issue ETA eligible passports. A list of these can be found on the department's website. High risk countries are those which are not ETA eligible.  Please note that service standards are an average processing time only and actual processing times may vary, depending on the individual circumstances of the case.

How to apply

  1. Download the transit visa checklist
    The checklist will help you prepare all the documents you need for the application.
  2. Download and complete the correct form
    Transit visa applications should be made on Form 876 (PDF, 175 Kb, 10 pages).
  3. Read the information on how and where to lodge your application
  4. Lodge a complete application at the Australian Visa Application Centre


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This page was last updated on 5 February 2014