Visitor Visa – The Approved Destination Status scheme – (subclass 600)

About the Visa

The Approved Destination Status (ADS) scheme provides streamlined travel arrangements for organized tour groups from the People’s Republic of China to Australia.

The ADS scheme is a bilateral tourism arrangement established in 1999 between the Chinese Government and the Australian Government—recognizing the increasing interest in visiting Australia shown by Chinese people.

The ADS scheme is managed by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) in conjunction with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and Tourism Australia.


Who are eligible (Eligibility and requirement)

Must in People’s Republic of China at the time of application

Must travel as member of tour group organized by Travel agent specified by Minister in LI – IMMI 17/021

Other basic requirements:

  • The candidates will be travelling to Australia as a genuine visitor, for example as a tourist, for recreation or to visit your family and friends;
  • They have access to adequate funds to support themselves during their visit;
  • They are of good character and health; have private health insurance (or equivalent) and a ‘fitness to travel’ certificate from a doctor if they are over 75 years of age;
  • They have no debts to the Commonwealth;
  • They will comply with any condition imposed on their visa.


What visa lets you do?

  • Visitor visas can allow single or multiple entry – and permit a three (3), six (6) or twelve (12) month stay in Australia on each occasion.
  • Applicants are able to indicate their preferred number of entries and stay period; however the decision maker will determine which is appropriate, taking into account an applicant’s personal circumstances.





What you must not do if you hold this visa

  • ADS visa holders are not able to work study or conduct business activities while in Australia.
  • ADS visa holders are required to follow the tour group itinerary and be supervised during their holiday, by either the tour leader or guide provided by the approved tour operator.
  • Should a tour member breach any ADS visa condition, the tour operator is required to report this to the Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


Processing time

4-6 days




* This is the DIBP prescribed cost of the application. This does not include Migration agent’s fees. To obtain the current fees, kindly refer to the above link or DIBP website.

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