600 Subclass Visa Health Cover Insurance - Allianz Global Assistance

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.

Did you know?

Medical costs can be expensive. If you need to go to hospital while you’re in Australia and you’re not covered by health insurance or Medicare, hospital treatment can cost you more than $1500 per day.

Overseas Visitors Health Cover

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:

  • medical services provided in hospital
  • some prescription medicines
  • emergency ambulance transport
  • medical services provided by a general practitioner or specialist
  • medical tests outside of hospital, and more.

About the 600 visa

What the visa lets you do

The 600 visa lets you visit Australia for up to 3, 6 or 12 months and has 4 streams, including:

  1. The business stream – for people travelling to Australia on a short business trip for the purpose of business negotiations, participating in a conference or making general business or employment enquiries.
  2. The tourist stream – for people travelling to Australia for purposes not related to business or medical treatment, for example a holiday, recreation or to visit family and friends.
  3. The sponsored family stream – for people travelling to Australia to visit family, provided you have a sponsor. Your sponsor may be asked to provide a bond.
  4. The approved destination status stream – for visitors from the People’s Republic of China who are travelling with a registered Chinese travel agent in an organised tour group (you must be in China when you apply for a 600 visa under the approved destination status stream).

Are you eligible?

You might be eligible for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) if you’re travelling to Australia:

  • as a visitor
  • for business
  • to visit family
  • on a tour with a registered travel agent from the People’s Republic of China.

 How to apply

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.