Australia’s ETA (subclass 651) program began in 1996, but the latest ETA was embraced in 2013, and many nationalities can apply such as Belgian citizens.
The theory behind this is quite simple. Travelers from most nations can use the web to apply for the Australian ETA and get it in a couple of minutes.
The 2013 ETA was updated to allow you to travel to Australia for both tourism and business purposes, and this is divided into ETA and eVisitor for Belgian citizens. In iVisa we decided to bring you this article with all the information you need to know before applying to your eVisitor authorization.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Do I need a visa to enter Australia if I am a Belgian citizen?
What you need as a Belgian citizen is an eVisitor Visa, which is not the same as many visas we already know around the World.
What is an Australian eVisitor?
The eVisitor Visa is a new travel visa available to European Union passport holders who want to travel to Australia. This special visa is designed as an online adaptation visa for travelers from the EU.
Keep in mind that you must be outside Australia when you apply. It is suggested not to make any travel arrangements until you receive your eVisitor.
How Long can Belgians stay in Australia with the eVisitor Visa?
Belgians can stay in Australia for no longer than 90 days Per Entry.
How long is an Australian eVisitor valid for?
This e-Visa is valid for 1 year after arrival.
What documents are necessary to apply for this eVisitor?
It’s true that online application is more convenient than going to an Australian embassy but it doesn't mean you won’t be required to contribute with some documents. It's recommended to put them all together before moving to fill in the form. iVisa requires just a couple of documents. Here is a list of what you need:
Valid passport – Belgian citizens traveling to anywhere in the world require a passport, and Australia is no exception. Getting a passport is something quite simple. All you need to do is visit the issuing authority in your own country.
Credit/Debit Card or Paypal account – before you can submit your application, you will be required to pay for iVisa’s services. For your convenience, iVisa accepts either credit or a debit card payment. In addition, PayPal payments are accepted as well.
Apart from the two things listed above, you will also be required to answer some questions. Most of these are just simple questions so don’t worry. You just have to state the reasons for your travel and a few other things. It is advisable that you answer the questions accurately.
What are the processing time and fees for Belgian Citizens?
These are mentioned together because the fees depend on the processing time. The Australia eVisitor itself is free; what you’re paying for is iVisa’s service fee since the eVisitor can take several hours or days to get it by yourself.
iVisa provides three excellent options for Belgian citizens, and you can choose the one that suits you best. Keep in mind that the faster you want your application to be processed, the higher the service fee will be. Here is what you can select:
Standard – people often choose this option because it is the cheapest. It just costs USD 20.00. Even so, your visa will arrive pretty fast. It takes 24 hours for your application to be processed. It may be the slowest, but one day is not that long.
Rush – compared to the previous option, the Rush processing time is way faster, and it will give you the Australia eVisitor within 4 hours. As for price, this one costs USD 50.00.
Super Rush – this is the fastest available option iVisa can provide. It is ideal if you want to apply on your way to the airport. Your eVistor will be ready within just 1 hour, and it costs USD 70.00.
Are there any conditions to apply to the Australia eVisitor?
Yes, there are 4 important conditions you should consider before applying:
Business visitor activity: Keep in mind that you're not allowed to engage in any work other than a business visitor activity during your travel to Australia.
Maximum three months study: While you're in Australia, you must not engage, for more than three months, in any activity regarding studies or training.
Tuberculosis free: You must be free of tuberculosis at the time of travel to Australia.
No criminal conditions: It's important that you don't have any criminal convictions when entering into Australia.
How long does it take to apply for an ETA?
You will just spend 10 minutes or even less to complete the application form.
Can I extend my eVisitor Visa to Australia?
You can't stay in Australia longer by extending your eVisitor. In that case, you must apply for a new visa if you want to stay longer.
Can I study with this Australia eVisitor?
As mentioned before, you can study just for 3 consecutive months in total on this visa. But if your main reason for traveling to Australia is studying, a student visa might be more appropriate.
How can I apply for an Australian eVisitor Visa?
When thinking about application forms, we think of something complexed, right? Well, iVisa has created one of the simplest forms you will ever have to complete.
It is divided into two easy steps:
The first step consists of general information like name, address, passport info, and so on. You must also select the processing time you want at this point.
The second consists of review, revision, and payment. Finally, hit the submit button and start packing. The eVisitor will be ready in no time.
How does the Australia eVisitor Visa look like?
What happens after I finish my application form?
Once you submit your application , just wait for your eVisitor to arrive by email in the period you chose. You don't need to deal with the embassy. We do it for you.
I made a mistake on my application. Can I modify the eVisitor after it’s issued?
No, we cannot change or modify any details on the ETA once it's issued. If you do, however, realize you made a mistake before your ETA has been issued, then please contact us ASAP via online chat or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does the Australia eVisitor allows me to do?
Your eVisitor lets you travel for both tourism and business purposes. If you are traveling as a tourist visitor, this visa allows you to cruise or spend a holiday visiting your family or friends.
If you are in Australia for business, this visa allows you to make general business or employment inquiries. Remember that you cannot work with this eVisa.
Is it safe to use iVisa to get my ETA?
Yes, for sure! We provide maximum safety for your personal information, and we invest a lot in the security of our database in order to make you feel trusted. Your personal data is 100% safe in our hands. You can check what thousands of happy customers say about us in this link.
I have more unresolved questions, where can I find more info?
Getting an Australia ETA for Belgian citizens is very simple. It requires almost no effort and time on your part. It is a much better alternative to visiting an Australian embassy, isn't it? That's why we encourage you to start your adventure by applying to your eVisitor today by the easiest way possible and just worry about the luggage!