China Approved Destination Status (ADS) scheme

Status: paused

The China Approved Destination Status (ADS) scheme is an arrangement between the Australian and Chinese governments. The scheme allows Chinese tourists to travel to Australia in guided groups.

We are not processing ADS applications at this time due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

We manage the ADS scheme in Australia with the Department of Home Affairs and Tourism Australia.

Our role includes:

  • approving inbound tour operators (ITOs) and tour guides to join the scheme
  • ensuring ITOs and tour guides follow the ADS Code of Business Standards and Ethics.

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