Australia is set to introduce cruise operators to the new tourist visa category, the first to be introduced for cruise operators since the introduction of the Australian Travel and Tourism Authority (ATTA) in December 2015.
The visa allows cruise operators and tour operators to travel in Australia, while the visas of domestic passengers and other travellers are only valid for 90 days.
Cruise operators can now apply to the ATTA for a cruise visa and travel to Australia.
They can then apply for a TCS, or cruise visa, to cover the rest of their tour and accommodation costs.
Cruises and tours are currently eligible to apply for both tourist and cruise visas, but in the near future this will be extended to allow cruise operators the option of applying for a new tourist category visa.
Cruiser visas for tourists are valid for 180 days, while a TCC can be extended for an additional 180 days.
Cruises and tour groups can apply for one or both of these visas at the same time, but the visa is only valid once.
Cruisers must pay $150 to apply and $250 to get their visa.
TCS visa holders can apply and receive their visa for free.
The ATTA will announce the new cruise visa category later this month, and cruise operators will be able to apply to it.