Australia Visa Online Application

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You can apply for an Australia visa online if you meet the eligibility criteria.

There are 2 different types of visa for Australia that can be obtained online. The nationality of the visitor’s passport is the criteria which decides the type of Australia visa or electronic travel authorization that is needed to travel to the country.

According to Australian immigration rules and regulations, the majority of foreign nationals need a valid visa or travel authorization to enter the country.

The Australia eVisitor visa is required by travelers from a number of European countries, including European Union (EU) member states. This Australian electronic visa is also valid for short stays as both a tourist visa and a business visa.

The Australia Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is available to many nationalities outside of the EU and has a quick and simple application process. With ETA you can visit Australia for short periods for tourism or business.

If you are traveling for business purposes, it is important to note that with ETA or with eVisitor visa you cannot work in Australia other than by engaging in a business visitor activity.

What are business visitor activities:

  • You can hold general business or employment discussions or inquiries
  • You can negotiate, review, or enter into a business contract
  • You can attend or take part in a conference, trade fair or seminar (you cannot be paid for it)
  • You can engage in an activity as part of on official government visit

As a temporary business visitor, you may not:

  • Work or provide services
  • Sell goods or services to the public.

The following conditions are attached to an ETA or an eVisitor visa:

  • You must remain a genuine visitor
  • You must be free from Tuberculosis and
  • You must not have any criminal convictions
  • You must have sufficient funds to cover your expenses while in Australia.

If you have a criminal conviction in any country, you are ineligible for ETA and should apply for a Visitor visa.

Australia eVisitor Visa Online

Australia ETA Online

Australia eVisitor Visa Online

The eVisitor visa for Australia is a mandatory travel requirement for nationals of various European countries who wish to travel to Australia.

The eVisitor was implemented in 2008 as part of a reciprocal travel agreement between Australia and the European Union (EU). Australian citizens are able to visit EU countries visa-free and all nationals of EU member states are able to apply online for an eVisitor for Australia instead of applying for a visa at an embassy.

Citizens of all 27 EU countries are eligible for the Australia eVisitor visa.

In addition, visitors from the other countries in the Schengen Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), European microstates (Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and Vatican City), and the United Kingdom are also eligible for the Australian eVisitor.

Eligible travelers can apply online for the eVisitor visa for Australia. This involves submitting basic personal details, passport information, and answering some questions relating to security.

The applicant must have a passport that will be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of their arrival in Australia.

An email address must be provided in the application so that the approved eVisitor can be delivered to them.

You should get a decision on your eVisitor visa within 1 to 2 days.

The eVisitor online visa for Australia is electronically connected to the passport registered in the application. If the visitor’s passport is lost, stolen, damaged, or if it is rendered invalid in any way before the trip, they must reapply for the eVisitor with their new passport.

An eVisitor for Australia is valid for 12 months. During this period, the holder may enter the country multiple times. The maximum length of each stay is 3 months.

The eVisitor may be used to visit Australia for tourism or business. Holders may also study or undertake training in the country for no longer than 3 months.

However, it does not grant the holder the right to live or work in Australia or to study for longer than 3 months.

Check the list of nationalities who are eligible for the eVisitor visa for Australia below.

Australia eVisitor Visa Online: Country list

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

Australia ETA Online

The Australia ETA or Electronic Travel Authority gives a pre-authorization to enter the country if you are from one of the eligible visa waiver countries and is easy to obtain online.

The Australian ETA is one of the oldest electronic travel authorizations in the world. The original system was launched as a trial in the late 90s for US and Singaporean travelers, with online applications beginning in the early 00s. The current system was implemented in 2013, allowing applicants to obtain a combined ETA for tourism and business purposes.

Travelers from the United States, Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong are among the nationalities who are eligible to apply for the ETA for Australia.

The ETA for Australia allows unlimited entries during its 12-month period of validity. Each visit allows a maximum stay of up to 3 months in the country for purposes of business or tourism.

While you may travel to Australia frequently during the validity period of the ETA, if you do so very often, you may be asked about your travel purpose the next time you enter Australia. You must have genuine temporary tourism purposes when you enter on ETA.

If your purpose of traveling to Australia is to receive medical treatment, you cannot get an ETA or eVisitor visa, and you should be applying for a consulate visitor visa.

Eligible travelers can apply for the Australia ETA by filling in an online form. The traveler must enter their personal details (name, date of birth, nationality, etc.), passport information (number expiry date, etc.), and travel plans.

You need to fill out a separate ETA application for each family member.

A current email address must be submitted. The approved Australian ETA will be sent to this account.

The applicant must have a passport with at least 6 months’ validity from the date of arrival in Australia.

Applications for the Australia ETA are generally processed quickly. Some applicants may receive their approved ETA within 24 hours of submitting their application. Processing time can vary depending on the volume of applications, but it rarely takes longer than 2 working days.

Applicants should take care to ensure that all details are correct on the online form before submitting it. Small errors are the most common cause of delays in the processing of Australia ETA applications.

See below the list of countries whose citizens may apply for the ETA for Australia.

Australia ETA Online: Country list

This content has been reviewed by

Ekaterina Powell

US Immigration Attorney

Ekaterina Powell is a U.S. attorney licensed in the State of California, working in the area of U.S. immigration law for over 12 years. She has been featured as one of the top immigration lawyers in her state and city several times and has contributed to notable industry publications.

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