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An easy way to get an ETA or an Australian visa
iVisa
13 min read
Updated on May 14, 2024

Australia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with millions of visitors every year. With stunning beaches, beautiful parks, and a bustling cultural scene, the country offers attractions for everyone. Before the trip, you should check if you need to apply for a visa to enter Australia without problems.

We offer three types of travel documents that travelers can apply for to enter Australia: Australian ETA, Australia Visitor, and Australia Visitor Visa. Each visa type has its own requirements, costs, and processing times. Seem complicated? Relax; we’ve got you covered! In this article, we'll help you understand their differences and everything you need to know to get the right visa to visit Australia!

Australia City Landscape Bridge

Australia tourist visa types

The Australian government offers three different visas for foreigners visiting Australia for tourism and business purposes. Each of the visas has their own application procedures and requirements.

  • Australia ETA: The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA - Subclass 601) is a travel authorization for visa-exempt countries. The application process is done fully online. Australia's Department of Home Affairs processes the Australian ETA for only a few eligible countries.

  • Australia Visitor: The eVisa is a visa with an online visa application process, so you don’t need to visit an Australian embassy or consulate. You complete a visa application form and submit some required documents.

  • Australia Visitor Visa: This is the more complicated process. It’s for travelers who the Australian Immigration Department requires a paper visa. There are more requirements, and you must attend the nearest Australian embassy to provide biometrics information and submit your documents. The good news is that you can count on our guided visa services for a smooth application process.

The benefits of using an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or eVisitor for travel to Australia

You’re lucky if you can enter Australia with an Australian ETA or eVisitor. The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection developed these travel documents to facilitate tourists’ entry. So you can apply wherever you are (outside of Australia), as long as you have an internet connection.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Both have straightforward online process, while a Visitor Visa will require you to attend an appointment at a Visa Application Centre (VAC).

  • Few requirements to apply.

  • Save you time since you don’t have to go to an embassy or attend an appointment to quickly submit your application.

  • Electronically linked to your passport.

The eligibility criteria for obtaining an ETA or eVisa

Can you apply for an ETA or eVisitor? This depends on your nationality. Some citizens are eligible for an Australian ETA, others for the eVisitor. And other nationalities will face the traditional visa process. The easiest way to find out which document is available for you is using our Visa Checker Tool. Select your home country and set Australia as the destination, then we’ll show the visa options available to you.

All about the Australia ETA

The Australian ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) allows visa-exempt travelers to enter Australia for tourism and business purposes. Be aware that an ETA can’t be used to get medical treatment or work in Australia.

It’s a Multiple Entry document valid for one year after being issued. It allows you to stay for up to 90 days Per Entry, so ETA holders can leave and re-enter Australia during the validity period.

Apply online for an Australia ETA

Eligible criteria to apply online for an ETA

Only passport holders from the following countries can apply for an ETA online: United States, Canada, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.

Are you eligible? Get your Australian ETA now!

Australian ETA requirements

You only need the following items to complete your ETA application form:

  • Valid passport

  • Online payment method

  • Valid email address

How to apply for the ETA in an easy way

You can apply on the Australian government website, but you’ll deal with a long and confusing application form. To easily get an ETA to travel to Australia, download our iVisa app or simply fill out the ETA application form on our website. With us, it takes only three steps, and less time, to get an ETA:

  • Step 1: Complete the online form with personal and travel details.

  • Step 2: Double-check your information and choose a processing time. Then, pay the visa fees online using PayPal, Venmo, Amazon Pay, or a credit or debit card.

  • Step 3: Upload the supporting documents and submit your ETA application form.

Then, wait for the confirmation email that your new ETA has been approved. Simple!

Australia ETA processing time

When you apply for an ETA with us, you can choose from three processing options:

  • Standard processing time: 2 days

  • Rush processing time: 24 hours

  • Super rush processing: 6 hours

Australia ETA cost

The ETA cost varies depending on your nationality. For example, United States passport holders have these options:

  • Standard processing time: USD $77.31

  • Rush processing time: USD $131.31

  • Super Rush processing time: USD $196.31

To find the exact cost for your nationality you can use our visa checker tool or simply start your application form.

Tips and advice for completing the ETA application process

Here are some valuable tips if you’re applying for an Australia ETA:

  • Have your passport ready: You'll need a valid passport to apply for an ETA, so make sure your passport is up to date and has at least six months validity remaining.

  • Don’t wait until the last minute: You must apply before entering Australia, so don’t wait until the trip date to apply for your travel document. In most cases, you'll receive your ETA within minutes of applying, but it's best to leave plenty of time in case of any issues with your application.

  • Double-check your information: Ensure you enter all your information correctly when applying for an ETA. Even small errors or typos can cause delays or result in your application being rejected.

  • Keep your ETA information safe: Once you receive your ETA, keep a copy of the confirmation email or printout in a safe place. You may need to present this information when you arrive in Australia.

  • Follow the rules: An ETA is not a visa but does come with certain conditions and restrictions. Ensure you understand the rules and regulations that apply to your ETA, such as the length of your stay and any restrictions on working or studying in Australia.

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All About the Australia eVisitor Visa

The process here is very similar to getting an Australia ETA, but it’s for citizens eligible for an eVisa. The Australia eVisitor is a temporary visa electronically linked to your passport, so there’s no need to visit an Australian embassy or consulate to submit your application.

It’s designed for visitors traveling for tourism, business activities, on a cruise, visiting family and friends, or studying for up to three months in Australia. It’s a Multiple Entry visa with a one-year visa validity.

Apply for an Australia eVisitor Visa in a few clicks

Eligible criteria to apply online for an Australia eVisitor Visa

The Australian eVisitor Visa is available to over 50 nationalities. The list of eligible countries includes United Kingdom, Iceland, Ireland, and most Schengen and European countries. Use our Visa Checker Tool to see if you can apply online for this visa.

Australian eVisitor requirements

You only need the following items to complete your ETA application form:

  • Valid passport

  • Travel details, such as a hotel reservation or tour booking.

  • Online payment method

  • Valid email address

How to apply for the Australia eVisitor Visa in an easy way

If you don’t mind lengthy and confusing application forms, the Australian government website may be an option. However, you can count on us if you prefer a friendly interface and an easier application process. Download our iVisa app or complete the eVisitor application form on our website.

Follow these simple steps to get a valid visa:

  • Step 1: Complete the online form providing personal information, passport number, and travel details.

  • Step 2: Verify all the information and choose a processing time. Pay the visa fees using PayPal, Venmo, Amazon Pay, or a credit or debit card.

  • Step 3: Upload the required documents and click ‘Submit’. It’s done! Once the visa is approved, you’ll receive an email confirmation.

Australia eVisitor processing time

You have three processing options. Choose the one that suits your needs best.

  • Standard processing time: 24 hours

  • Rush processing time: 4 hours

  • Super rush processing: 30 minutes

Australia eVisitor cost

The Australian visa costs can also change according to your nationality. Check the prices for United Kingdom passport holders below:

  • Standard processing time: USD $70.99

  • Rush processing time: USD $129.99

  • Super Rush processing time: USD $199.99

You can also find out your exact costs by beginning your application process now.

Common mistakes to avoid in the eVisitor application process

Ensure you avoid the following mistakes to ensure a hassle-free online application process:

  • Provide accurate information: One of the most common mistakes people make when applying for an eVisitor is providing inaccurate information. This can include typos or errors in personal information or travel plans. Review your application carefully before submitting it to avoid any mistakes.

  • Apply from a secure connection: When submitting your eVisitor application, do so from a secure internet connection. Avoid using public Wi-Fi or unsecured networks, as these can put your data at risk.

  • Check the status of your application: After submitting your eVisitor application, you can check its status online on our app or website. This can give you an idea of how long it will take for your application to be processed and if any issues need to be addressed. But don’t worry! We’ll email you if there’s any problem.

  • Be prepared to provide additional information: Depending on your travel plans and personal circumstances, you may need to provide additional documentation. This can include proof of funds or a letter of invitation.

Get your eVisitor Visa now!.

All about the Australia Visitor Visa

You can use the Australia Visitor Visa (Subclass 600) to enter Australia for tourism, visit family or friends, or take a cruise. This visa can be applied for from within Australia or abroad. It’s valid for up to three years and allows a maximum stay of 3, 6, or 12 months, but both depend on your background.

Unlike some other types of visas, the Australia Visitor Visa doesn’t feature a barcode or QR code. Instead, it contains essential information about the traveler and their conditions of entry.

Most of the time, there’s no interview request. You must only give your biometric information at an Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) or an Australian Biometrical Collections Centre (ABCC) and undergo a medical examination.

Apply now for your Visitor Visa with our professional guided visa services.

Eligible criteria to apply for an Australia Visitor Visa

If you aren’t eligible for an Australia ETA or eVisitor, you can probably apply for a Visitor Visa since this is the most complex visa application of the three. Use our Visa Checker Tool to verify your eligibility.

Australian Visitor Visa requirements

This is a traditional visa to travel to Australia, so the visa application includes a long list of documents:

  • A copy of your current valid passport showing your photo, personal details, passport issue, and expiration dates. Also, make copies of all the pages with immigration stamps.

  • A copy of your ID (if you have one).

  • Applicant photo - Use our digital passport photo service if you don’t have one. The Australian government may ask you for additional documents after you apply for a Visitor Visa, such as:

  • Return flight tickets

  • Proof of sufficient means to support your stay in Australia – Such as bank statements or financial assets.

  • Documents proving ties with your home country - Proof that you’re employed or are studying in your home country.

  • Travel itinerary or any evidence of planned tourism activities in Australia.

  • Letters from your relative or friend in Australia inviting you to visit.

  • A police certificate.

  • Birth certificate for applicants under 18 years of age.

  • Family register and composition form (if applicable).

When applying for the Visitor Visa with us, we’ll provide a complete list of required documents based on your situation and guide you from start to finish throughout the process. Count on our help to make this process as easy as possible for you!

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How to ensure a smooth application experience when getting a Visitor Visa

As you can see, the process is a bit more complicated than getting an ETA or eVisitor. But there’s no need to worry. We can still help you to get a smooth application process.

We offer an Australia Guided Visitor Visa application, where we assign an exclusive iVisa expert to assist you from start to finish. We’ll guide you throughout the application process providing some facilities, such as a simplified form and a PDF manual guide to help you complete the difficult sections on the form.

Our expert will schedule your visa appointment and provide all the instructions for a successful visa application. You’ll have everything you need to submit a flawless visa application and get visa approval.

How do I apply for the Australia Visitor Visa with iVisa

Our mission is to simplify travel for you! So here are the steps to apply for an Australia Visitor Visa with our guidance:

  • Step 1: Complete our simplified visa form with your passport information, personal data, and travel details. Double-check all the information to avoid mistakes.

  • Step 2: Proceed with the visa fee payment using PayPal, Venmo, Amazon Pay, or a debit or credit card.

  • Step 3: Upload the supporting documents and submit your application.

Australia Visitor Visa processing time

You must consider that there are two processing times when applying with us. First, you have our service processing fee, which entails completing the application form, reviewing all the information for 100% government compliance, and scheduling your visa appointment for you.

  • iVisa processing time: 30 days

Once you submit your application, you must wait for the Australian government processing time. This one will depend on the Australian embassy workload in your country. Usually, it takes 28 days to process the visa (90% of applications).

Australia Visitor Visa costs

The Visitor Visa costs may vary depending on your nationality. In general, you’ll be charged the following fee:

  • Australia Visitor Visa fee: USD $426.66

This is the total price, including the government fee of US$101.00.

Get your Visitor Visa stress-free with our guidance!

Easy way to get ETA or the Australian visa

Whether you’re applying for an Australia ETA or visa, you can count on our benefits to simplify the process:

  • 100% government compliant: Your application will be reviewed carefully by our visa experts to ensure it meets all Australian government standards and avoid issues.

  • Save your time: Forgetting wasting time deciphering the government rules. You can complete your visa application form from the comfort of your home in a simple process. To get an ETA and eVisitor, you don’t need to leave home at all!

  • Straightforward application process: Save your progress and complete the form at your own pace on our platform. We offer a more concise and simple application form than the government website.

  • Support: You can always contact our customer service team for help. With the Visitor Guided Visa, you’ll also have an exclusive expert to assist you throughout the application process.

Frequently asked questions about ETAs and eVisas for Australia

What’s the difference between the ETA and eVisitor visa?

They are both electronic travel documents. The main difference is the countries eligible to apply for each one. Learn more in the following video:

How to get an Australian E Visa in 2023

Can I extend my Australia ETA or eVisitor?

No, neither an ETA nor an eVisitor can be extended. If you want to stay in Australia longer than your visa allows, you must leave Australia and apply for a new travel document.

Can I work in Australia on an ETA or eVisitor?

No, you can’t work in Australia on an ETA or eVisitor. These visas are only for tourism or business purposes.

Can I study in Australia on an ETA or eVisitor?

No, ETA and eVisitor visa holders can’t study in Australia. You must apply for a Australia student visa to study in the country.

What are the Covid-19 travel restrictions in Australia?

Australia is open for tourism, and there are no longer Covid-19 travel restrictions to visit Australia.

More information about travel documents for Australia

Contact our customer service team via chat or [email protected] if you have questions about the Australia ETA, eVisitor, or Visitor Visa. They are always available to answer any inquiries about travel documents.

Check our Australia Travel Guide before your trip, and travel safely!

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