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.

    Minister's message

    I have a very simple message: Australia’s border protection policies have not changed.

    If you attempt to reach Australia by boat, you will be intercepted, you will be turned around, and you will end up back in Sri Lanka, far worse off than when you embarked.

    The only way to enter Australia legally, is with a valid visa.

    People smugglers sell lies, don’t buy into it.

    You will end up back in Sri Lanka.

    We will detect, intercept and return anyone who undertakes an illegal boat journey to Australia.