Immigration and visas
All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia.
Please note: The Australian Consulate-General in Chicago does not offer visa, immigration or citizenship advice. Please contact the Department of Home Affairs directly via inquiry form, website, or by phone to their Global Service Center at +61 2 6196 0196.
Customs and quarantine
The Department of Home Affairs manages the security and integrity of the Australian border and assists people and cargo to move in and out of the country.
Information for international travellers Information about what items must be declared for inspection, what happens if you fail to declare or dispose of any quarantine items or make a false declaration, what happens to siezed items and what can't be mailed to Australia.
Plan your trip with australia.com, the official Tourism Australia website, offering a wide range of travel information and planning tools including over 2000 images, a currency converter, daily weather updates, interactive maps, suggested holiday itineraries, holiday deals, specialist travel agents and more. Available in nine languages.
The Tourist Refund Scheme enables you to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia.
New immigrant arrivals to Australia
The Life in Australia web pages contain information and publications about life in Australia, and links to government settlement services including help learning English. These web pages also provide information about Australian values and the cultural diversity of Australia's people.