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All travellers and intending migrants, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia.
Click here to download visa application forms.
The Australian High Commission in Accra does not provide visa or immigration services. This responsibility rests with the Australian High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya (for residents of Ghana, Burkina Faso and Mali) and the Australian High Commission in Pretoria (for residents of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Guinea and Togo).
If you are in Ghana: new visa application procedures
On 8 February 2012, Australia introduced a new visa application procedure for applicants in Ghana. Clients submitting paper-based applications in Ghana, regardless of nationality, need to lodge their applications directly at the Australian Visa Application Centre, operated by Teleperformance.
Visa applicants will need to go in person to the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Accra to lodge their application and provide biometrics in the form of digital fingerprints and a facial photograph.
Opening hours are from 8:30am to 3:00pm daily. Teleperformance is located at:
Enquiries about visa application procedures and application fees can be made directly to the AVAC:
Tel: +233 302 631 034
Additional information about the collection of biometrics from visa applicants, including a list of included visa subclasses and people who may be exempt or excluded from providing biometrics can be found at:
"Biometrics collection outside Australia" - www.immi.gov.au
If you are in Burkina Faso or Mali
Enquiries about visas from Burkina Faso or Mali should be directed to the immigration section in the Australian High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya. The preferred method of communication is by email:
Telephone lines are open from 09:00 - 11:00am (Nairobi time), +254 20 4277 160.
Further details about the visa application process are available at the website of the Australian High Commission in Nairobi.
If you are in Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone or Togo
Enquiries about visas from Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone or Togo should be directed to the immigration section in the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. The preferred method of communication is by email:
Telephone lines are open from 08:30 - 11:30am (Pretoria time), +27 12 423 6060.
Further details about the visa application process are available at the website of the Australian High Commission in Pretoria.
New arrivals in Australia
The official Australian government website is a gateway to information on issues including citizenship, settlement help for migrants and working conditions in Australia.