Australia Visa: Entry requirements and travel information for Australia

Welcome to Australia

Exploring the Land Down Under? Navigating visa requirements can often feel like deciphering a secret code. But here's the good news: We're pros at cracking that code!

Whether you dream of the iconic Sydney Opera House, a dive in the Great Barrier Reef, or a trek across the Outback, we can make it a reality. Your Australian adventure starts with the correct visa.

At iVisa, we've redefined selecting and obtaining the right documents for your travels into a few easy steps. We understand your desire to explore and are committed to simplifying the process. Dive in with us, and let's make your Australian adventure as smooth as a boomerang's flight!

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Easy as a Walkabout: The Australia Visa Options

New to the world of travel? Think of a visa as your golden ticket, not a credit card, giving you the go-ahead to explore new countries like Australia. Your visa is an official permit or authorization to enter a country; you may be refused entry without one. With that in mind, let's explore which visa option will make your trip Down Under a reality.

Australia eVisitor

Who is it for? The Australia eVisitor Visa is primarily for European passport holders. We offer this visa option to over 40 countries, including:

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Polynesia, French West Indies, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mayotte, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Romania, San Marino, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.

Who cannot apply:

  • Those with a non-citizen passport, certificate of identity, or other travel document, including a Titre de Voyage

  • A British National Overseas, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject passport


  1. Tourism activities like sightseeing, holidays, and visiting family.

  2. Business activities, including attending conferences, networking events, or client meetings but not work.

Duration of stay? The multiple-entry visa is valid for one year and allows you to stay up to three months.

Learn more about the Australia eVisitor Visa

Australia ETA: Your electronic gateway

Remember this is not a Visa – An Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) is a digital pre-screening requirement (and involves checks to ensure you're compliant with visa rules, health protocols, and other crucial regulations) for entry into certain countries, granting preliminary approval for travel for visitors from countries that do not need a visa to enter Australia.

Who's it for? The Australia ETA is ideal for passport holders from approved non-European countries. Countries who can apply through us include:

Brunei, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, USA, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the US Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam.

European passport holders may be eligible for an eVisitor (subclass 651)

Purpose? Tailored for short-term stays involving tourism or business activities.

Duration of stay? Valid for one year, multiple entry, and the stay period varies by country but is generally less than 90 days.

Learn more about the Australia ETA

Australia Visitor Visa

The Australia Visitor Visa (subclass 600) isn't just one-size-fits-all; it offers different options designed to match your specific travel needs. These options are like personalized routes you can take within the same visa type, ensuring you get the visa that’s just right for you. Each option has its own criteria, application requirements, and conditions, offering a more tailored visa application experience.

Who is the Australia Visitor Visa for?

  • Travelers from countries not eligible for the eVisitor or ETA

  • Long-term tourists, business, or family visits

  • If you have a criminal conviction, you are ineligible for an ETA or eVisitor. A Visitor Visa is required instead.

  • If traveling for healthcare or hospital-related reasons, you cannot use an ETA or eVisitor. A Visitor Visa is necessary.

Purpose? We offer three options for the Australia Visitor Visa (subclass 600):

  1. Tourist: For vacations or visiting friends and family. You'll need enough money for the trip and possibly an invitation letter.

  2. Business: For work-related trips like meetings. Requires job details and proof of funds.

  3. Family-Sponsored: For visiting family in Australia. Your family acts as your sponsor and may need to prove they can financially support you.

You can also apply for this visa to travel to Australia for medical treatment.

So, you can choose the option that matches your travel reasons to make getting your Australia Visitor Visa as easy as possible.

Duration of stay? Up to 3, 6, or 12 months

Why choose this?

  • Extended stay & flexible plans

  • Comprehensive application

Learn more about the Australia Visitor Visa

Australia Student Visa: Unlock your educational dreams

Who's it for? Ideal for students pursuing education in Australia, from primary school to higher education.

Purpose? The Student Visa is an official visa allowing foreign nationals to enter Australia primarily for educational activities, including language courses and vocational training.

Australia Incoming Passenger Card: Travel with confidence

The Australia Incoming Passenger Card is a document that travelers must complete upon arrival in Australia. It is not a visa or travel authorization. This card is part of Australia's biosecurity measures and is essential for entry and customs clearance.

Biosecurity measures are protocols designed to protect the environment, agriculture, and human health against harmful biological agents, such as pests, diseases, and potentially invasive species. These rules are in place to maintain a country's ecological and economic stability.

Who needs an Australia Incoming Passenger Card?

  • Mandatory for all visitors traveling to Australia.
  • This is a single-entry document, meaning you need a new one for every trip

Note: Only citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, Christmas Island, Norfolk Island, Niue, and Tokelau can apply through us.

Purpose? It collects information about the traveler's identity, contact details, and intentions while in the country, including any declarations regarding goods that may be subject to quarantine or import restrictions.

Learn more about the Australia Incoming Passenger Card

If you’re still unsure of what type of visa you need, use our visa checker tool for more guidance. At iVisa, we're committed to turning your Australian dreams into reality, simplifying your visa journey at every step. Dive into our detailed pages linked above, and take the first step towards your Australian adventure today! 🐨

Australia Visa application process: No worries, mate!

Completing an Australia visa application can be time-consuming and confusing. We make it fast and easy and also improve your chances of approval.

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How to apply for the Australia ETA

Getting your ETA takes just 15 minutes and three steps:

Step 1: Fill out an online form with details exactly as they appear on your passport.

Step 2: Double-check your info and choose how fast you want your visa.

Step 3: Pay with a debit or credit card, Paypal or Venmo.

You'll get a confirmation email with any extra steps or documents you need. An expert will be there to help you. Once approved, your visa arrives by email, ready for your trip to Australia.

Apply for your ETA today!

How to apply for the Australia eVisitor Visa

We make getting your Australia eVisitor Visa easy! Follow these three steps:

Step 1: Fill out the online form with your personal and trip details.

Step 2: Review your info, pick how fast you want your visa, and pay the fee online.

Step 3: Upload any required documents and submit the form.

Once approved, you'll get your visa by email.

Easy right? Apply today for your eVisitor Visa.

How to apply for the Australia Visitor Visa Subclass 600

To get your Australia tourist visa through us, just follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Use our website or iVisa app to enter your passport and travel details. Double-check everything and pay the fee using a card or PayPal. You'll get an email with more steps.

Step 2: Upload needed documents and finish the online form. Our team will check it for you. If you need an extra appointment, we'll email you.

Step 3: Go to your visa appointment if required.

After approval, your visa will be linked to your passport.

Apply for an Australia Visitor Visa now!

Note: We do not currently offer the Student Visa. You will need to contact your nearest embassy to apply at this time.

How to apply for your Australia Incoming Passenger Card

Get your IPC document in just 24 hours by following these three simple steps:

Step 1: Fill in the form with your basic info, passport, flight details, and emergency contact. Choose your processing speed.

Step 2: Double-check your details and pay the admin fee.

Step 3: Attach any requested documents and hit "Submit."

Look for the completed document in your email, print it, and take it when you travel.

Fill out your Incoming Passenger Card before your trip!

Please note: We currently only offer the IPC to citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Cook Islands, Christmas Island, Norfolk Island, Niue, and Tokelau. However, ALL travelers MUST fill out the form before entering Australia.

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Australia entry requirements

As you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime in Australia, we understand that the entry requirements might seem daunting. But don't worry, we're here with you!

These guidelines are your keys to a smooth and enjoyable arrival in the Land Down Under. Let's explore them together, ensuring you're well-prepared for an unforgettable journey.

Requirements & Details Australia eVisitor Australia ETA Incoming Passenger Card Visitor Visa Student Visa
Valid Passport
Must be valid for at least six months
Essential for unlocking Australia's wonders.
If your passport is expiring,
check out our passport renewal service
to see if we can help you get a new one before your trip.
Travel Itinerary x
All travelers (except New Zealand passport holders) need a valid visa.
Specific types depend on travel purpose and duration.
Proof of Sufficient Funds x
Evidence like bank statements or
a declaration from a sponsor showing adequate funds for the stay.
Usually provided during the visa application process
Return or Onward Ticket x
A flight ticket that confirms your plan
to leave the destination country and travel to another location or return to your home country.
Proves your intention to adhere to the visa's stay limitations
Health and Character Requirements x x
Health examinations ensure you are not carrying any infectious diseases
and are fit to enter the country.
This may include blood tests, X-rays, or other medical evaluations.
Character assessments: Confirm you don't have a criminal history
that poses a risk to the public.
It could involve criminal record checks and possibly interviews.
Usually done during the visa application process
Biosecurity and Customs x
Include declaring food, plants, animal products, medications,
cash over AUD 10,000, and business-related items.
Adherence to protect natural wonders.
Proof of Accommodation x
Invitation Letter (if applicable) x x x x
Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) x x x x
This is an official acceptance letter from an Australian school.
Mandatory for Student Visa application.
You’ll need this before starting the visa application.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) x x x x
Health insurance for international students is required by Australian law.
Secure this before submitting the visa application.
Statement of Purpose (SOP) x x x x
A written explanation of your study plans and goals
must prove you're a genuine student.
It should be included in the initial visa application.

Health information for travelers to Australia

Australia is known for its high health standards and well-established medical infrastructure. However, travelers must be informed about health-related requirements before visiting the country:

Requirement Explanation & Consideration for Travelers
Vaccinations Generally, Australia doesn't require mandatory vaccinations for most travelers.
If you're arriving from a country considered at risk for yellow fever, you must provide proof of immunization.
Keep updated with Australia's COVID-19 requirements through your airline or the Australian government website.
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Medical Facilities Feel at ease knowing that Australia offers healthcare and medical facilities comparable to other developed nations.
Whether public or private, hospitals have cutting-edge technologies and well-trained professionals.
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Health Insurance We recommend securing travel health insurance before your arrival.
Australia has agreements with some countries for essential medical treatments.
Insurance guarantees your protection against unforeseen expenses. It's peace of mind for your adventure.
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Local Hazards Sun and Heat: Protect yourself with sunscreen, clothing, and sunglasses, and stay hydrated.
Water Safety: Swim between flags at patrolled beaches and be cautious of marine creatures.
Wildlife: Stay informed about potential threats and take precautions. Enjoy, but stay safe!
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Medication Declare All Medications: Always declare any restricted substances at customs. Undeclared items could lead to fines or legal action.
Original Packaging: Always keep medicines in their original containers.
Prescription or Doctor's Letter: Carry a valid prescription or a letter from your doctor explaining the need for each medication.
Check for Restrictions: Research beforehand to ensure your medications are allowed in Australia, as some substances are restricted or prohibited. Check the Australian Government's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for comprehensive information about drug control.
Quantity Matters: Bring only a reasonable quantity that aligns with your stay duration to avoid complications.

Traveling to Australia is all about being prepared. Being informed and taking the necessary precautions can ensure a safe and enjoyable trip to Australia.

Need a helping hand down under?

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Embassy support is like having a trusted friend in a foreign land. Whether you're an Aussie exploring the world or a global citizen embracing Australia, knowing how to reach your embassy is vital to a stress-free experience.

Aussies abroad: Lost passports? Unexpected situations? Fear not! Australian embassies are scattered across the globe to offer assistance, emergencies, or a friendly chat to guide your way.

International travelers in Australia: Need a visa extension or consular help? Your home country's embassy in Australia is your go-to place for support.

Connect with ease:

  • Websites: Dive into official websites for details, from contact info to services.

  • Phone: Urgent matters? Check for a "Contact Us" section of the nearest embassy to you and call the number listed on the site. Quick and direct.

  • Email: Not in a hurry? Emails are perfect for casual inquiries or appointments.

  • In-Person: Some things are better face-to-face. Remember to book if needed.

Check our handy Embassies directory to find your nearest embassy. At iVisa, we understand that adventures are better without worries. So here's to exploring; knowing your embassy or consulate is just a call or click away!

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