After submitting the application, the ETA will be processed rapidly. It usually takes no more than 2 business days for citizens of Hong Kong to receive a copy of the approved electronic visa waiver for Australia securely via email. In many cases, ETAs are delivered even sooner.
Therefore, It is advisable to apply for the Australian ETA from Hong Kong well in advance of the intended date of arrival to allow for the rare event of delays.
Visitors from Hong Kong who have been approved for an Australian ETA and have received a copy via email, are also advised to take a printed copy of the visa waiver with them when they travel. Australian Border officials may ask to see this printout alongside the traveler’s passport when passing through immigration control for the country.
It is also worth mentioning that travelers from Hong Kong arriving in Australia by air will need to fill out an Incoming Passenger Card (IPC), which is used to make declarations regarding customs, quarantine and cash.
To complete an IPC, travelers need to provide details of the address at which they plan to stay at while in Australia, as well as any contacts they may have in the country. Travelers are also required to notify the Australian Home Office immediately should any of their contact information, such as phone number or email address, change while they are visiting Australia.
The Australian ETA visa allows for a maximum stay of 3 months or 90 consecutive days in the country per entry. It is valid for up to 12 months and allows multiple entries into Australia as long as stay does not exceed 3 months.
Hong Kong passport holders who wish to spend longer consecutive periods in Australia should contact their nearest Australian diplomatic mission for information about the type of visa they require.