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On 5 May 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) released emergency instructions under the International Health Regulations. The WHO statement advises that Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria pose the greatest risk of further “wild poliovirus exportations” in 2014. Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Nigeria are infected with wild poliovirus but not currently exporting outside their borders. These states nevertheless pose a risk. Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria must ensure vaccination of people who have been resident in these states for longer than 4 weeks in the last twelve months prior to international travel as part of an emergency order under the International Health Regulations. For the other seven the WHO has encouraged immunisation against polio.
On 5 May 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) released emergency instructions under the International Health Regulations. The WHO statement advises that Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria pose the greatest risk of further “wild poliovirus exportations” in 2014. Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Israel, Somalia and Nigeria are infected with wild poliovirus but not currently exporting outside their borders. These states nevertheless pose a risk.
Pakistan, Cameroon and Syria must ensure vaccination of people who have been resident in these states for longer than 4 weeks in the last twelve months prior to international travel as part of an emergency order under the International Health Regulations. For the other seven the WHO has encouraged immunisation against polio.
Consequently, all Israeli passport holders in all visa categories and all ages must provide a certificate of vaccination certificate for Polio with all applications. Holders of all other passports must provide the certificate if they have stayed in any of the countries listed above, including Israel, for more than 4 weeks since 5 May 2014.
SUBCLASS 600 VISITOR VISA (TOURIST STREAM)
This visa is for persons who wish to visit Australia for:
• a holiday or recreation
• visit family and/or friends
• other short-term non-work purposes including study for less than three (3) months.
NEW – ONLINE APPLICATIONS
Holders of valid Israeli passports have the choice to lodge Visitor Visa (subclass 600) applications online or to use the existing paper lodgement option (see below). Online Visitor (Tourist Stream) visa applications are processed and decided in Tel Aviv.
Features of the online lodgement system include:
• availability to applicants seven days a week, without the need to apply in person or send an application by mail
• third parties may complete an online application on behalf of a visa applicant with their consent
• payment of the visa application charge must be made by credit card at the time of application.
The standard processing time for online and paper applications is one month for 75% of complete applications, although we try to give priority to online applications. Some applications may take longer to process. Our ability to fast track applications is very limited. We are unable to reply to progress inquiries during the one month processing time.
You must not make final travel arrangements to Australia until your visa is granted
HOW TO APPLY ONLINE
Before you start your online application, please make sure that you prepare the necessary supporting documents, including a clear copy of the biodata page of your valid passport.
A checklist of supporting documents is provided in the paper application.
We do not require certified copies or translations as indicated in the checklist. However, we reserve the right to request translations or original documents for examination during the processing of the application.
When you start your online application you will be required to create an account (ImmiAccount). It is very important to record/remember your username and password when you create your ImmiAccount.
Through your ImmiAccount you will be able to:
• apply for a visa online
• continue a saved online visa application
• attach documents to an online visa application
• verify that you have successfully loaded/attached the supporting documents
• check the progress of your online visa application.
Please note that you must load/attach the supporting documents to your online application yourself. We are unable to assist you to load the documents. The following links will provide useful information on how to load/attach documents:
If you have issues with your ImmiAccount please contact ImmiAccount.Support@immi.gov.au directly.
HOW TO APPLY USING A PAPER APPLICATION
In Israel: You may send your application to our office by registered mail or through your travel agent or through one of our following Service Delivery Partners (SDPs):
(1) SHAAL - ש.ע.ל (Association of Travel Agents)
Tel Aviv – 12 Bialik Street - 03 5269100
Jerusalem 02 6236189 - Level 3, no. 3 King George (Bell Buildings).
Haifa: 04 – 8535632 – Level 5, 104 Ha’atzmaut Street. (Orly 052 5887117).
(2) S.M Visa Services (ש.מ. אשרות): No. 5 Droyanov Street, Tel Aviv – Phone (03) 5250332
In the West Bank and Gaza: Residents of the West Bank and Gaza who are unable to use the services of travel agents in Israel or the services of the Israeli Postal Service may use ARAMEX to send their applications to our office.
THE VISA APPLICATION CHARGE
The visa application charge for visitor visas is fixed. To find the correct visa application charge please See . The preferred method of payment is by credit card in Australian Dollars (AUD).
If you are making a paper application, you may also pay the visa application charge in local currency (ILS). Payment is by Postal Cheque made payable to "The Australian Embassy, Tel Aviv". Personal and company cheques are not accepted. Cash may be accepted in genuine emergencies only.
Prior to sending us your application, please refer to the Application checklist in the application form for additional documents you should attach.
PROCESSING TIME: The processing time standard is one month for 75% of applications. Some applications will take longer to process. If you have a genuine emergency, such as the death or serious and sudden illness of a close relative in Australia or other exceptional circumstances, please contact our office by e-mail or by phone to discuss your situation and how we may be able to assist you. Booking flights is not considered emergency. We do not reply to progress inquiries during the one month processing time unless there is a genuine emergency.
You must not make final travel arrangements until your visa is granted.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
While all travelers to Australia must apply for and obtain a visa prior to travel to Australia, Australia’s modern electronic visa system does not require you to have a visa label placed in your passport to confirm your immigration status and entitlements in Australia. If you are granted a visa, you will receive a visa grant notification letter/email from our office. We recommend that you keep a copy of the visa grant notification letter/email. When you check-in for a flight to Australia, airline staff will use your passport to electronically confirm that you have an authority/visa to travel to Australia prior to boarding the aircraft. See: About Your Visa