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All About the Australia Visa
If you’re travelling to Australia as a tourist or for business, you need an Australia visa. There are 2 types of electronic visas for Australia: eVisitor and ETA. The one you need depends on your nationality. However, other than that the 2 visas are identical. We’ve simplified the application process, so all you have to do is enter your information and we process the correct visa for your nationality. The information on this page covers both types of visa.
ETA stands for Electronic Travel Authorisation, and it’s an alternative to traditional printed travel documents that are linked to your passport electronically. So when you go to the airport to board your flight, the check-in attendant will electronically confirm that you’re authorised to enter the so-called Lucky Country, with your ETA visa or, alternatively, eVisitor authorisation.
Australia initiated its ETA system in 1996, to replace paper authorisations or the need to stamp your passport, while the eVisitor system was launched in 2008. Using these 2 types of visa, citizens from 45 countries can enter Australia, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and Japan. (For a full list of the countries’ citizens that can enter using the ETA and eVisitor system, please see our ‘Australia Visa Requirements and Eligibility’ section below.)
With your Australian travel certificate, you can enter the country as many times as you like up to 1 year after its issue date. You can stay Down Under for up to 3 months (90 days) per visit. To obtain an Australia authorisation, you only need a currently-valid passport and a credit or debit card to pay for your application.
Australia Visa Application Process
To apply for the travel documentation, you just need the following:
- A currently valid passport. When you board your flight, your passport must be valid. Unlike with other visas such as the US ESTA, you can obtain an Australia visa even if your passport has less than 6 months’ validity left.
- Enter your personal and passport information into Byevisa’s simple form. We ask you for information including your full name, nationality, birth date, passport number, and passport issue and expiration date. Adding this information takes you just a couple of minutes, and we then process your application.
- A valid debit or credit card to pay for your application. Moreover, at Byevisa you can pay for your Australia visiting visa by PayPal too. The price for a standard application, to be processed in 24 hours, is 20 USD. In addition, Byevisa offers Rapid Service and Highly Rapid Service for 50 USD and 70 USD each, which process your application in just 4 hours and 1 hour respectively.
- A current, valid email address. This is so we can confirm that your application has been accepted.
As we mention above, you can obtain an Australia travel document even if your passport has under 6 months’ validity remaining. However, it’s recommendable that you travel with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months before your tourist or business trip Down Under.
Australia Visa Requirements and Eligibility
When you apply for an Australia travel document, you either receive what’s called an eVisitor (Subclass 651) visa, or Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 601), depending on your nationality. If you’re from Europe, you’ll receive the eVisitor pass, while other eligible nationalities receive the ETA (except Andorrans, who also receive the ETA). The 2 visas are identical in all other respects.
To check if you’re eligible for either of these passes, simply use Byevisa’s checker here, or read through the list of countries below.
eVisitor (Subclass 651) eligible countries:
Republic of San Marino
ETA (Subclass 601) eligible countries:
Hong Kong (SAR of China)
Taiwan* (please note, Taiwanese visitors to Australia cannot apply for ETAs online. To apply, please visit your nearest Australian embassy or consulate.)
United States of America
You need a passport that’s valid, at least for when you plan to enter the country.
You also have to enter your email address, so that we can confirm that your application has been accepted. Australia’s eVisitor and ETA system is an electronic passport system, so you won’t receive a document to print and take to the airport. Instead, when you go to board your flight, the check-in staff will scan your passport to confirm that you have authorisation.
It’s important to note that the ETA and eVisitor passes are only valid for short stays of up to three months (90 days) for tourism or business. For example, this might involve spotting kangaroos in the outback or, if you’re on business, attending a conference at Sydney Opera House. If you intend to stay for longer, for example to study or find permanent work there, you’ll need to visit your nearest Aussie embassy or consulate to apply for your documentation there.
With an Australia E Visa, it needs to be valid on the day you arrive. However, if your travel certificate expires during your stay, you can remain, as long as you leave the country within 90 days.
You can’t enter Australia if you have any substantial criminal convictions. Also, you can’t visit Down Under if you have tuberculosis, and if you’re visiting from a country at risk of yellow fever, you must first be vaccinated. For a full list of the countries at risk of yellow fever, please see the World Health Organisation’s website.
Lastly, once you obtain your authorisation, you don’t have to enter Australia on the exact date that it becomes valid. Instead, you can travel to the country any time you like during its 1-year validity period.
Australia Visa Forms and Documents
To apply for an Australian visiting visa, you only need the following:
- A currently valid passport.
- A debit or credit card, to pay for your application with Byevisa.
However, keep in mind the following conditions about applying:
- Your authorisation is valid for up to 1 year after the date of issue, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. You can visit multiple times, for visits up to 3 months (90 days) each.
- You’re only allowed to visit for tourism or business trips, such as attending a conference or seeing the sights. To study or find work Down Under, you must apply for the appropriate alternative visa.
- On your travel document, only the first 24 letters of your name or names will appear. So don’t worry if your whole name doesn’t appear, it’s still valid.
- If you have dual nationality, please select the passport that you’ll be using to travel with. Otherwise, you might be denied entry.
- Australia’s system electronically links your passport number to your visa. So your passport won’t be stamped, and you won’t receive any paper documents to take to the airport. Nonetheless, so long as you receive Byevisa’s email confirmation that your application has been accepted, then you’re authorised to travel.
- You’ll have to apply for a new travel authorisation if you obtain a new passport, even if your visa has not expired.
- Your Australian travel document is valid up to the expiry date stated on it. You can enter the land of koalas before the expiry date, and stay after it expires, up to 90 days.
- You can visit for up to 3 months. However, if your passport expires while your travel certificate remains valid, you’ll have to apply both for a new passport and a new visa before you can return Down Under. For example, let’s say that you obtain an ETA or eVisitor on January 1st 2020 that’s valid until January 1st 2021. However, if your passport expires on June 30th 2020, that’s the last date you can visit Australia, with your existing passport and visa.
- The visa itself is free. To save yourself the time and hassle of applying for it, Byevisa charges a fee, depending on how quickly you want to receive your travel document. (For a list of our services and prices, please see the ‘How Much Is an Australian Visa?´section below.)
- For many nationalities, you don’t need authorisation to enter Australia if you’re flying on your way to somewhere else, and you fulfil the following conditions: (1) You’ll stay in the airport transit lounge, (2) You have onward booking travel arrangements, (3) You leave within 8 hours of arriving. To check if you’re eligible, please visit Australia’s Home Affairs website. Otherwise, you may need a transit visa.
Australia Visa Status Check
With Byevisa, it’s simple to check the status of your eVisitor or ETA. Simply scroll up to the ‘Status’ option in the main menu and enter your details. You can find out:
- If your application has been approved.
- How long your travel authorisation remains valid for.
- Whether your Australian visa has expired.
- If your ETA or eVisitor has been rejected.
If your application has expired or been rejected, you need to apply for a new one.
If you make a mistake while applying, please contact us as soon as possible to correct it. However, if we’ve already processed your application, you’ll have to pay the applicable fee again to receive your valid Australia travel document, depending on how fast you want it.
You can’t apply for authorisation to travel once you’re already in the country. So to ensure that your tourism or business trip in the country goes smoothly, please complete your application ahead of time, with a valid passport.
Also, if you’re travelling with children, they need their own electronic documentation to enter the land of billabongs. Even if your children appear on your passport, you need to submit individual applications for them.
How Much Is an Australia Visa?
The Australian government charges no fee. However, to use Byevisa’s convenient service to obtain your travel authorisation on your behalf, without having to visit your Australian embassy or consulate, we charge a fee. The cost depends on how fast you want it:
- Standard Service: 20 USD. You receive your document in 24 hours.
- Rapid Service: 50 USD. You receive your Australia ETA in 4 hours.
- Highly Rapid Service 70 USD. You receive your ETA in just 1 hour.
Please note that you don’t have to buy your plane ticket before you apply with Byevisa. You won’t have to provide these details when you apply for your travel authorisation.
More Australian Visa Questions and Information
Please find below more information about obtaining an Australian visitors’ visa, in case you have any questions we’ve not answered in the section above.