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Apply today for your Australia ETA (Subclass 601) with us!

Last updated: January 2024

Embark on an unforgettable journey down under! Australia, a land of stunning beaches, unique wildlife, and vibrant cities, is calling. With the Australia Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), stepping into this dream destination has never been easier.

At iVisa, we make the Australia ETA process seamless and straightforward. Our efficient online platform and user-friendly mobile app are designed to take the hassle out of your travel preparations.

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What is the Australia ETA?

The Australia ETA, not to be confused with the Australia eVisitor Visa or Visitor Visa, is your key to exploring this magnificent country.

And here's the best part: the entire process is online, quick, and hassle-free. No embassy visits, no queues upon arrival!

Embrace the simplicity and let iVisa handle the details so you can focus on preparing for your Australian adventure.

What can I do with the ETA?

The Australia ETA allows you to:

  • Travel as a tourist, as a cruise passenger if you enter Australia, or if it's a round trip starting in Australia.

  • Visit family or friends.

  • Visit for business, including making business inquiries, attending conferences, or participating in trade fairs

  • Study or train for up to 3 months, but if your main purpose is studying, opt for a student visa instead.

What can’t I do with the ETA?

You can’t:

  • Do training in childcare, healthcare, or for roles like a doctor or nurse.

  • Sell directly to the public in Australia.

  • Take up paid employment in Australia.

  • Live in Australia.

Eligibility criteria for the Australia ETA

Besides nationality, you must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the ETA:

  • Be a genuine visitor: You will visit Australia for a temporary stay and obey any condition or stay period attached to your ETA.

  • Be in good health: If you plan to use the Australian health care or hospital environments, you should apply for a Australia Visitor (subclass 600) Visa instead. Meet our character requirement.

  • Be of good character: If you have a criminal record in any country, apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) and provide info about your criminal convictions. If you provide incorrect information, your ETA may be canceled.

  • Have paid back debt to the Australian Government: If you or any family members owe the Australian Government money, you or they must have paid it back or have arranged to pay it back before applying.

  • Best interests of the child: In the case of applicants under 18 years old, the Australian government will check if granting the ETA is in the best interest of the child.

Who can apply for the Australia ETA?

You must hold a valid passport from an eligible country to be able to apply for an ETA. Use our handy Visa Checker Tool to find out which travel document you need to visit Australia.

Who is exempt from getting an ETA or visa for Australia?

Australian citizens don’t need to apply and can visit the country visa-free. New Zealand citizens can get a visa on arrival, and don’t need to apply beforehand.

Do minors have to apply for the Australia ETA?

Yes, if they come from an eligible country. Parents/legal guardians can apply on their behalf.

Apply together as a family by clicking ‘Add another person’ in the online process on our platform or app.

Australia ETA validity: How long can you stay in the country?

With the ETA, you can visit Australia as often as you like within a 12-month period. You can stay up to 90 days Per Entry.

Extending the Australia ETA

The Australia ETA cannot be extended. If you wish to stay longer, you'll need to apply for a different visa.

It's important to note that staying in Australia without a valid visa after your ETA expires can lead to legal complications, including possible removal from the country. Stay informed and ensure your travel remains enjoyable and hassle-free!

Australia ETA: Required documents

For the Australia ETA, the required documents are minimal, reflecting the simplicity of the process. Generally, you'll need:

  • A valid passport: Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of your arrival in Australia. Ensure that the details on your ETA application match your passport exactly.

  • Passport photo: Taken recently.

  • Email address: The ETA is electronically linked to your passport, and all communication regarding the status of your ETA will be sent via email.

  • Payment method: A credit or debit card, or another accepted payment method, to pay the ETA and iVisa processing fees.

Additionally, while not typically required as part of the initial application, it's wise to keep the following on hand upon arrival:

  • Evidence of sufficient funds to support your stay in Australia (like bank statements).

  • While not always asked for, having proof of your plans to leave Australia (like a return flight ticket) can be useful.

    How to apply for the Australian ETA online

    The whole process is super easy and only takes 15 minutes or less:

  • Step 1: Complete your details online on our platform or through our app. Double-check if all the info matches your passport to avoid errors.

  • Step 2: Select how soon you want to receive your ETA and pay the fees on our secure payment platform.

  • Step 3: Upload a copy of your passport and submit your application.

Once your ETA is approved, we will send a confirmation to you via email. This ETA is not placed in your passport but is electronically linked to it, but we always recommend saving a copy on your mobile device.

Australia ETA: Costs and processing times

The government fee of the ETA is USD $13.11.

For your convenience, we offer three different processing options to meet your budget and timeline:

  • Standard: Our most affordable option, best for those who have booked their trip well in advance.

  • Rush: If you need the ETA a little quicker than usual, choose this option for an additional fee.

  • Super Rush: Get your ETA in the quickest time possible for an express fee.

Do I need the Australia ETA to transit through the country?

If you're transiting through Australia for less than 8 hours and you remain in the transit area, you don't have to apply for an ETA. However, some passport holders must get a transit visa.

We recommend checking the website of your local Australian Embassy or Consulate to find out more.

Australia entry requirements and regulations

At the time of writing, the entry requirements and regulations for Australia are as follows:

  • COVID-19 regulations: There are currently no COVID-19 related requirements such as vaccination, testing, quarantine, or health declarations.

  • Customs and biosecurity: Australia has strict biosecurity laws. Declare all food, plant material, and animal products. Failure to declare items can result in fines.

Differences between the Australia Visitor Visa, eVisitor Visa, and the ETA

The Australia Visitor Visa (Subclass 600), eVisitor Visa (Subclass 651), and the Australia ETA (Electronic Travel Authority, Subclass 601) are all popular travel documents that allow entry into Australia. Still, they cater to different travel needs and have distinct characteristics.

  • ETA This is a simple option for citizens of certain countries. It permits multiple entries, with each stay up to 3 months within 12 months. The ETA is typically used for tourism and short-term business trips.

  • eVisitor Visa: Available only to passport holders of certain European countries. Stay up to 3 months at a time within a 12-month period. The online application process is similar to the ETA, but may require more documentation.

  • Visitor Visa: This visa is for individuals who plan to visit Australia for tourism, business, or family visits. It allows stays of up to 3, 6, or 12 months. The application process typically includes an embassy visit.

Choosing between these travel documents depends on your nationality and the purpose of your stay.

Need more info about traveling to Australia?

For any questions, contact our customer support agents by online chat or contact us on WhatsApp.. If you apply with us, they will also be able to provide updates on the status of your application.

Required Documents to Apply

  • Passport page
  • Applicant's photo
  • Additional photo (#2)
  • Additional photo (#3)

Important Instructions

  • The Australian ETA visa is a Multiple Entry visa with a validity period of 1 year after issued, allowing a maximum stay of 90 days Per Entry.

  • Your ETA does not allow you to work within Australia: it is intended only for business and tourist activities.

  • People with dual nationality should choose the nationality according to the passport to be used for travel.

  • Your passport must be valid (not expired) when you board your flight and when you enter Australia. It must be an ordinary/regular passport.

  • You can't apply for your ETA from Australia. You will need to complete your application from your country of origin.

  • Your ETA visa is an eVisa, so it’s electronically linked to your passport number.

  • The ETA visa is valid through to the expiration date listed on it, which is the last day you have the authority to enter Australia.

  • This expiration date of the Australian ETA will be either 1 year after issued, the expiration of your passport, or earlier if a current visa already exists in the immigration system. For example, if your ETA approval is in June 2023, but your passport expiration is in February 2024, your ETA will expire on the same date as your passport; otherwise it will expire in June 2024.

  • If you obtain a new passport for any reason, you will need to re-apply to get a new Australian ETA.

  • You don’t need this visa to transit through Australia for less than 8 hours if you remain in the transit area.

  • Children need to apply for the Australia ETA.

  • There are no longer COVID-19 requirements to enter Australia.

  • We advise you to get a vaccination against yellow fever.

  • iVisa is a legitimate company, accredited and recognized by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Please visit the FAQs below to learn more about the Australia ETA.

Questions?

You should contact our customer service team as soon as possible. Our visa experts are available 24/7, and they will be happy to help you resolve the problem.
No, the Australia ETA allows travel for tourism and business purposes for up to three months at a time. This visa doesn’t permit you to work in any activity.

iVisa reviews your documents and assists you during the application process to avoid rejection. However, if the Australian government rejects or cancels your application, you are eligible for a full refund of the iVisa processing fee related to the number of rejected applicants. Other than that, we do not refund the government fees.

You may consider re-applying for the Australia ETA, depending on the reasons for cancellation or rejection.

In this case, you need a new passport and a new ETA as well. The ETA is linked to the passport, so the travel authorization in a previous passport can no longer be used once a new passport has been issued.
At iVisa, we understand that your time is valuable, and we strive to provide you with the fastest service possible. Our processing times are estimated based on the average duration it takes governments to process visa applications. These estimated times begin from the moment we receive all the correct information for your application until you receive your visa. While we work diligently to expedite the process, it’s important to note that we are reliant on the processing times set by the government authorities.
Disclaimer
  • iVisa is NOT affiliated with any government agency. This app does not provide legal advice and we are not a law firm. None of our customer service representatives are lawyers and they also do not provide legal advice. We are a private, internet-based travel and immigration consultancy provider dedicated to helping individuals travel around the world. You may apply by yourself directly on the various government websites. The source of information: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/

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