Welcome to the Department of Home Affairs at the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.
COVID-19 – Current restrictions on travel to Australia and changes to visa processing services
Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.
All persons, including current visa holders, who are not Australian citizens, permanent residents or immediate family members cannot travel to Australia at this time.
Please see the following page on the Department of Home Affairs website for more information: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/coming-australia. Travel restrictions are subject to change and you should check the website regularly. See below for detail on exemptions.
During this period:
The Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Kuala Lumpur has resumed limited operations for Biometrics collection, by appointment only. In addition, the AVAC will offer assisted online lodgement services.
You can use your existing Requirement to provide personal identifiers (biometrics) letter to book and attend an appointment. If you have applied for your visa online, a copy of this letter is available in your ImmiAccount. To make an appointment to provide biometrics, visit the AVAC website.
We are aware that you may not be able to provide biometrics due to Malaysia's Conditional Movement Control Order (MCO). You do not need to contact us if restrictions prevent you from travelling to the AVAC.
The AVAC will not accept paper applications. You should lodge a visa application online (see below).
Travel Restriction Exemptions for Visa Holders
Only certain people can travel to Australia:
Limited exemptions apply for some visa holders:
Please do not seek to travel until granted an exemption.
For more information on the travel ban and to apply for an exemption as an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, visit the Home Affairs website: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/immediate-family-australian-citizen-or-permanent-resident. The link to apply for the exemption is at the bottom of the page.
If you do not hold a visa
If you do not hold a visa you cannot travel to Australia. Apply for a visa and if appropriate provide proof of your relationship with an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
Apply for a visa through this website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-finder.
Certain passport holders may be able to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) as part of the Australian ETA mobile app pilot. See: ETAs and Australia's Travel Restrictions for more information.
If we grant you a visa you must not travel until advised that you are exempt from the travel restriction.
Apply for the exemption here once you have obtained your visa: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/departmental-forms/online-forms/covid19-enquiry-form.
Travellers, who are neither Australian citizens, permanent residents or immediate family, but who have a compassionate or compelling reason to travel to Australia, will need to have an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner. You must not attempt to travel until advised that you are exempt from the travel restriction. For more information, please see: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions-0.
Refunds & waivers of visa application charges
Some visa holders impacted by Australia's COVID-19 travel restrictions will soon be able to access a refund or a waiver of their Visa Application Charge (VAC).
For further information, including when the provisions will be available, please visit https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/refunds-and-waivers-visa-application-charges.
Information for Malaysian Nationals leaving Malaysia
If you hold a temporary visa and have obtained an exemption to travel to Australia, please be aware the Malaysian government is currently imposing restrictions on some citizens departing Malaysia, and may still prevent you from departing Malaysia. We recommend you carry hardcopies of your visa grant letter and evidence that you have been exempted from Australia's travel restrictions.
Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)
Information about applying for an ETA is here.
If your ETA application cannot be processed and you need to provide further information, follow the instructions here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You can find answers to all our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here.
Electronic Travel Authorities (ETAs)
- My Online ETA application was not approved automatically - what should I do?
- I have an ETA - can I get a job picking fruit in Australia?
- My ETA has been cancelled. What can I do?
Applying for other visas
- What type of visa should I apply for?
- How do I lodge an application in Malaysia?
- How do I lodge an application in Brunei?
- How do I lodge an application online?
- What happens after I lodge my application with the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC)?
- What is a complete application?
- I am subject to an exclusion period – does that mean I can never go to Australia again?
- Can I take my domestic helper with me to Australia while on holiday?
If you have already lodged a visa application
- How long will it take for the Department to process my visa application?
- Can I request priority processing?
- Can someone else make enquiries or receive information in relation to my application?
- Do I need a visa label to travel to Australia?
- My application was refused and I don’t think it was a fair decision - can this be appealed?
- My visa application was refused. Can I apply for a refund of the Visa Application Charge (VAC)?
- How can I provide further information to the Department after my visa application has been lodged?
- How do I apply for a refund of the Visa Application Charge (VAC)?
I already have a visa
- How do I apply to have my visa cancelled?
- Can I extend the validity of my visa?
- My visa specifies a 'first entry / arrive by' date. Can I extend this?
- I don't have my visa grant letter. How do I find out about my visa details?
Australian Citizenship by Descent
Warning regarding visa scams in Malaysia
For information on known visa scams in Malaysia, click here.
International surrogacy arrangements
The Department of Home Affairs exercises extreme caution to ensure that, where surrogacy arrangements are made outside Australia, our citizenship provisions are not misused to circumvent adoption and other child welfare laws.
Persons considering bringing a child to live in Australia must apply for either a visa or Australian citizenship by descent and should first read the information available on the Department’s website. It is important to consider any visa, citizenship and passport application requirements, as well as processing times, before entering into any arrangements.
Citizenship by descent applications through surrogacy may take longer to process than other citizenship by descent applications due to the additional assurance measures required in assessing such applications.
Citizenship by Descent
Citizenship by Descent applications lodged on or after 1 October 2020 will be processed in Australia.
We strongly recommend that you lodge an application using the Department’s online service here.
If you are unable to lodge online please post your citizenship by descent application to the following address:
Department of Home Affairs
GPO Box 794
HOBART TAS 7001
For information on ways to become an Australian citizen and citizenship services, see the Australian Citizenship page of the Department's website.
Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visas
The Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa program is open to eligible Malaysian nationals.
There are 1,100 places available for Malaysian nationals each year. You should apply as soon as possible if you wish to be considered for a Work and Holiday visa.
Applicants from Malaysia must lodge online. For information about applying please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
- From 1 July 2018 applications for Partner and Prospective Marriage visas must be lodged online, via ImmiAccount. More information on the changes is available on the Australian Department of Home Affairs’ website. Payment of the visa application charge will need to be made online via the ImmiAccount portal.
- From 1 July 2018 applications for Other Family (Carer, Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative) visas must be sent by post or courier to the Perth Visa and Citizenship Office. More information on the changes is available on the Australian Department of Home Affairs’ website. Payment of the visa application charge will need to be made online via the ImmiAccount portal.
- From 1 July 2018 applications for Transit visas must be lodged online, via ImmiAccount. More information on the changes is available on the Australian Department of Home Affairs’ website.
From 31 May 2018 Student visa applicants who apply in Malaysia will be required to provide biometric identifiers. This will assist the Department of Home Affairs' capacity to identify and authenticate visa applicants - strengthening Australian border security measures. Biometric data is an important tool in identity management globally, helping countries facilitate the arrival of travellers and combat fraud and integrity risks.
- Mandatory appointment system - From 1 November 2017, it is mandatory to have an appointment for the submission of visa application and enrolment of biometrics at the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC).
- The Australian Government has announced the establishment of a Community Support Programme (CSP) from 1 July 2017. The CSP will enable communities and businesses, as well as families and individuals, to propose humanitarian visa applicants and support new humanitarian arrivals in their settlement journey. More information can be found here.
- For visa arrangements for Australian students travelling to Malaysia, click here.
This page was last updated on 1 October 2020.