Australian ETA for Japanese Citizens

The government of Australia recently introduced the Australian ETA for travelers who are interested in visiting the country for the purposes of tourism and/or business. The Australian ETA visa waiver is a travel authorization and authentication method that is available to citizens of certain countries, including Japanese nationals, that have reciprocal agreements with the Australian government.

The majority of foreign nationals interested in visiting Australia require a valid Australian visa or travel authorization to visit the country. While there are different types of long-stay visas available from an Australian embassy/consulate, Japanese travelers can now apply for an Australian ETA for short stays exclusively online.

How Can Japanese Citizens Apply for the Australian ETA?

Japanese citizens can apply for the Australian ETA visa waiver by filling out an online application form. This form will require the applicant to complete some basic information, such as:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Issue/expiration date of passport

Applicants can also expect to answer some basic questions regarding travel safety and security.

Travelers must apply for the Australian ETA for Japanese citizens using the same passport that they plan to use to visit the country, as the Australian ETA visa is electronically linked to the individual passport with which they applied.

Care must be taken while filling out the online Australian ETA visa application from Japan as small mistakes and errors can cause processing delays for the applicant. In some cases, the application may even be rejected if incorrect information is included on the application.

Once the application has been completed and revised for any errors that may have occurred, travelers can pay the associated processing fee using a valid debit or credit card before submitting the form for final review by the Australian Home Office.

How Long Does It Take to Get an Australian ETA From Japan?

Once the Japanese applicant has submitted a completed Australian ETA application, they can expect to receive their electronic visa waiver via email within 3 business days.

However, as processing delays can occur in some cases where there is missing or incorrect information on the form, applicants should always consider applying at least 7 days ahead of the intended travel to allow for sufficient time for the ETA for Japanese nationals to be approved.

Requirements for a Australian ETA Application from Japan

The Australian Immigration Authority has set some basic requirements that all applicants for an ETA from Japan must meet in order to successfully apply for and obtain the electronic authorization.

These requirements include having:

  • A valid Japanese passport with validity of at least 6 months from the traveler’s date of arrival in Australia
  • A current email address where updates and notifications regarding the application can be sent
  • A valid credit or debit card in order to pay the processing fee associated with the ETA visa waiver.

Additionally, Japanese applicants must meet some basic health requirements, most important of which is being free from tuberculosis. Furthermore, travelers must not have any prior criminal convictions when applying for the Australian ETA authorization.

Requirements for a Australian ETA Application from Japan

Once the Japanese traveler receives their approved ETA authorization for Australia, they are required to print and take a copy with them when they travel as a printout may need to be presented along with the applicant’s passport at the Australian border in order to gain entry into the country.

Travelers who will be arriving in Australia from Japan by air should note that they will be required to complete an Incoming Passenger Card on the plane, which is used to make customs and quarantine declarations. It is also used to make declarations regarding cash that is above a certain amount and to list the address in Australia where the Japanese traveler plans to stay.

Japanese ETA Australia holders should note that they are required to inform the Australian Home Office immediately if their email address or phone number change while they are in the country. It should also be noted that if the traveler’s passport is lost, stolen or damaged while they are in Australia, they will be required to obtain a new travel authorization in order to visit the country.

An Australian ETA visa waiver is valid for a maximum stay of 90 consecutive days in the country per entry and can be used for up to a period of 12 months. Applicants are allowed multiple entries into Australia using an ETA.

Those traveling from Japan to Australia with a family should note that each child will be required to have their own individually approved ETA if they are not included on their parent or guardian’s passport.

Japanese visitors planning to visit the country for purposes other than tourism or business, such as to undertake employment or study, are required to apply for a visa from an Australian embassy or consulate in Japan.

Application Steps

STEP 1
Complete online application
STEP 2
Confirm Payment
STEP 3
Receive approved Visa

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