Foreign people can visit Australia on a Medical Treatment Visa, (Subclass 602). This visa is for people who want to avail Australian medical services which include medical treatment, consultation with doctors, organ donation or accompanying with someone seeking medical treatment. However, medical treatment (subclass 602) visa is not appropriate for anyone wishing to remain in Australia for more than 1 year unless the person requires continuing medical treatment and is incapable to leave Australia because of their medical ailment, that is, unfit to depart.
Who is it for
This temporary visa is for individuals who want to travel to or remain longer in Australia for medical treatment purposes or to support someone in need of medical treatment. This visa is also for people who are donating an organ.
With this visa you can:
- stay in Australia until the treatment process or consultations are complete
- be granted single entry or multiple entries to Australia depending on your medical circumstances
- study for up to 3 months (or longer if you meet the exemption criteria)
You can’t work in Australia under this visa, except under limited situations.
How to qualify
To be eligible for this visa, it is very important to be able to support yourself in Australia during the treatment. You must show sufficient funds to support all your medical treatment issues. You will be required to show how you will pay to hospitals or doctors and submit documents to prove that your payments will be accepted by Australian public hospitals.
There are some major facts to address before any treatment can take place. Before the visa application submission, you must make everything ready. This requirement varies from country to country.
- All you past medical records will be required of countries you have stayed in 5 years prior to the visa application.
- Documents from health organizations of your home country to be provided to prove that you must undergo medical services in an Australian Hospital.
- The Medical Treatment Visa (Subclass 602) is intended specifically for those people wanting a cure or wanting a medical consultation in Australia. This is not intended for anyone involved in surrogacy.
- You can also reenter Australia if the visa has validity.
Step 1 – Check Current Visa Update
You must check the current update of the visa before you want to proceed. Click here
Step 2 – Gather your documents
To apply for this visa, you will be required to submit all the medical documents. You will also submit documents of available funds.
Step 3 – Apply for the visa
- Log in or create an ImmiAccount.
- Attach documents.
- Pay the application fee. We will not process your application until you pay the fee.
- Note the transaction reference number.
Step 4 – After you apply
You must not arrange any flight booking or accommodation unless you are granted.
Step 5 – Visa outcome
If we grant your visa, DHA will tell you:
- your visa grant number
- the date your visa starts
- your visa conditions
The document needed
- Your passport
- National ID
- Birth Certificate
- Photograph (35X45mm)
- Financial documents
- Character documents
If you are applying for this visa to receive medical treatment or donate an organ, provide a letter from your treating doctor in Australia outlining:
- your medical condition
- treatment that will be required
- an estimate of the timeframe
- an estimate of the cost involved
- you are applying from within Australia, and
- you do not hold a substantive visa (a visa other than a bridging visa, criminal justice visa or an enforcement visa)
Free if you apply from outside Australia or represent a foreign government; AUD 320 for applicants who apply from within Australia
The Immigration Dept. recommends that you take out health insurance to cover any unexpected medical treatment you might need in Australia. You are personally accountable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Health Insurance can help limit your financial obligations.
See more about health insurance for overseas visitors.