Are you planning on travelling to Australia on a Visitor visa (subclass 600)?
Whether you’re on a short business trip or staying with family for a year, keep in mind that you’ll be responsible for your own health costs while you’re in Australia and won’t be covered by Australia’s public health insurance system (Medicare), unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement in place with Australia.
Hospital and medical treatment can be expensive when you’re not covered by Medicare. With this in mind, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) recommends that 600 visa holders take out health insurance each time they travel to Australia – so you’re covered during your stay.
We offer two levels of OVHC cover – Budget Visitors (hospital only) and Visitors Plus – so you can choose the option that best suits your needs.
Depending on the type of cover you choose, OVHC may cover you for:
The 600 visa lets you visit Australia for up to 3, 6 or 12 months and has 4 streams, including:
You might be eligible for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) if you’re travelling to Australia:
If you’re in Australia, you can apply for the tourist stream of the 600 visa online, as long as you have a valid visa that doesn’t have condition 8503 imposed.
If you’re outside Australia, only certain passport holders can apply for a 600 visa online. If you can’t apply online you can lodge a paper application.
For more information about how to apply, visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.