Australia's borders are closed to illegal marintime migration


    The Australian Government is committed to protecting Australia's borders, combating people smuggling in our region, and preventing people from risking their lives at sea.

    Operation Sovereign Borders is a military-led border security operation that was established in 2013 to deliver on this commitment.

    There is only one way to gain entry into Australia — with an Australian visa.

    To find out more about your options for safe and lawful travel to Australia, visit the Immigration and Citizenship website.

    Illegal migration - you will always lose

    If you attempt an illegal boat journey to Australia, you will always lose.

    You will lose your money, your time — you may even lose your life.

    Despite rumours spread by people smugglers, Australia watches every illegal vessel closely.

    The only legal way to travel and settle in Australia is with a valid visa.

    Do not attempt an illegal boat journey — you will be caught.

    If you attempt to come to Australia illegally, you have zero chance of success.