Advance Passenger Processing for cruise lines

Advance Passenger Processing (APP) is the system mandated by the Australian Government for cruise ship operators to use to report to the Department of Home Affairs (the Department), all passengers and crew before they enter Australia.

The report confirms for the cruise lines and agents that their passengers and crew hold a valid visa or travel authority to enter Australia. The report also provides advance warning to the Department about who is arriving, including any ‘persons-of-interest’.

APP reporting is mandatory for passenger vessels entering Australia with over 100 berths in size. Reports must be submitted to the Department no later than 96 hours before the vessel arrives in Australia, however, reporting can commence up to 30 days before the expected arrival date.