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.

    Commander's Pledge

    Protecting Australia’s borders and preventing the loss of life at sea are my highest priorities as the Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders.

    We patrol Australia’s waters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, against illegal ventures.

    People smugglers will sell you false promises, but they cannot get you to Australia.

    Don’t put your life in the hands of criminals.

    The risk is too high.

    You have zero chance of success.