Maritime Crew visa (subclass 988)


This visa allows foreign crew on non-military ships on international voyages to:

  • enter Australia by sea
  • crew or be the partner or dependent child of crew.


You might be able to get this visa if you are a crew member of a ship that is:

  • used for commercial trading
  • used for carrying paying passengers
  • owned and operated by a foreign government to do scientific research
  • approved for ‘public vessel’ status by the Australian government
  • registered in the Australian International Shipping Register.