Do i need a round trip ticket to get into Australia?

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1. Posted by AgNat (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


I am going to Australia in September but do not know how long my money will last and therefore do not know when I will be returning home. I would like to just get a one-way ticket and then purchase the return ticket when my money runs out.

I read somewhere on this forum about needing a return ticket to get into Australia. Will I be able to get into Australia with just a one-way ticket?

There is also a chance I may end up getting a Working visa so i can stay longer.

Thanks for your help and information.


2. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I've been digging through Australia's immigration website. I didn't find anything that said specifically that you need a round-trip ticket to enter Oz if you qualify for an ETA visa... which as an American you do. If you really want to be sure though, I strongly suggest sending a quick email off to the closest Australian embassy to where you live and ask them directly.

I did read too that you can't apply or be granted a work visa while you are in Australia, except for a temporary resident, or refugee visa. Temp Resident visas are for "highly skilled" people to fill jobs not able to be filled by Australians, and Refugee visas are for people in need of political asylum from their government.

My guess is you don't qualify for a Refugee visa, but depending on what you do you may qualify for a "temporary resident" visa which must be applied for by the company looking to hire you. For other working visa like a working holiday visa, or something similar you must apply from outside of Oz.

My guess, trying to answer your question a little more directly, is that you won't be allowed to enter Oz with a one way ticket and a "tourist" visa... but like I said, contact the embassy, I'm no expert.

Best of luck,

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'm not sure, but I reckon you'll need either a ticket out, or the funds in the bank to last for your stay, plus enough to buy a ticket out.

4. Posted by kirst ann (Budding Member 12 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

hi there,

i came in to australia 3 weeks ago and all i had was a one way ticket so no you do not need a return, the only thing they may ask when you arrive in oz is that you have 2000 ouund in your bank account to prove that you have funds to leave the country - they never asked me this tho.

good luck in your travels