An Electronic Travel Visa Authorization system allows Australian passport holders to obtain either an electronic visa waiver or an online eVisa (electronic visa) for some countries around the world.
This procedure eliminates the need to obtain a visa in person at an embassy or consulate and also the need to wait in line at the border entry checkpoints to obtain a visa on arrival.
Some of the aforementioned visa-free countries require Australian citizens to pre-register for an electronic visa waiver before arrival, in order to pre-identify any potential security risks. Other countries have created an online eVisa application to expedite the process of obtaining a visa.
At the moment, there are around 30 countries that have an online application system available for Australian passport holders.
Most eVisa and Electronic Travel Authorizations are multiple entry travel documents. They allow the holder to spend between 14 to 180 days in the destination country, for tourism, transit or business purposes.
An approved electronic travel visa authorizations is usually linked electronically to the Australian visitor’s passport and a copy of the approved authorization is also sent to the applicant’s current email address.
Travelers are recommended to print a copy of the approved eVisa or Electronic Travel Authorization regardless of whether is linked to their passport, as some travel companies may ask to be shown a paper copy.
Find below a list of the main destinations that Australians can visit by applying for an Electronic Travel Visa Authorization.
ETIAS Visa Waiver for Australians
At the moment, Australians are able to stay visa-free in every European country who has signed the Schengen agreement for up to 3 months every 6 months. The Schengen Area is made up of 22 European Union Countries and 4 non-EU states.
However, the Schengen visa policy will change in 2021. By the end of 2022, all Australian citizens traveling to Europe will be required to obtain an ETIAS electronic visa waiver before traveling to any of the Schengen member countries.
Once implemented, it will be easy to obtain an approved ETIAS through a simple online application. Once approved, the Europe visa waiver is electronically attached to the traveler’s Australian passport.
An approved ETIAS visa waiver for Australian citizens is a multiple entry travel authorization that allows multiple short stays in the Schengen Area for tourist, business, medical treatment, or transit purposes. It is valid for 3 years from the date of issue, or until the associated passport expires, whichever comes first.
Australian citizens who wish to obtain a work visa or study visa for Schengen countries, or stay in the region for longer consecutive periods, are required to apply for a visa from an embassy or consulate of the individual country they wish to visit.