Information on travelling to Australia

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Information that may be useful on travelling to Australia for humanitarian visa holders.

Cost of airfares

For entrants who hold a Refugee visa (subclass 200, 201, 203 or 204), the Australian Government pays the travel costs.

For entrants who hold a Special Humanitarian Program visa (subclass 202), the proposer or the applicant must pay for their travel to Australia. Assistance may be available under the International Organization for Migration (IOM) No-Interest Loan Scheme.
See: International Organization for Migration (IOM) > No-Interest Loan Scheme

Travel documents

Persons granted visas under the offshore component of the Refugee and Humanitarian Program are issued with a Document for Travel to Australia (DFTTA). The DFTTA is an important document that is valid for travel and entry to Australia once only.
See: What documents do I need to travel to Australia?

Departure Health Check

Departure Health Check (DHC), previously known as Pre-Departure Medical Screening,  physical examinations are available to Class XB visa holders and are to be provided within 72 hours of the client’s confirmed departure for Australia. The service is offered in most places where Class XB visa holders depart to Australia.

The aims of DHC are to:

  • Ensure RSHP clients are healthy enough to undertake the journey to Australia
  • Provide vaccination and de-worming prior to resettlement
  • Reduce the number of acute post-arrival health issues in RSHP clients Australia, thereby facilitating resettlement and protecting the health of the Australian community
  • Allow post-arrival follow-up arrangements to be made for client health issues identified prior to departure.
DHC comprises a physical examination, tests for pregnancy, communicable diseases, administration of prescribed vaccinations (measles, mumps and rubella) and empirical treatment of parasites and infestations.

Arrival in Australia

Most refugee and humanitarian entrants are met at the airport by a Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS) case worker. Proposers of Special Humanitarian Programme entrants must meet the entrant at the airport.

Entrants are then assisted by the Humanitarian Settlement Services programme to rebuild their lives in Australia.
See: Humanitarian Settlement Services
​See also: Arriving in Australia