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An island south of Indonesia in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is an external Australian territory. As you might imagine, you are surrounded by beautiful beaches on Christmas Island. Since Christmas Island is not a popular destination, you will not have issues with overcrowding. Aside from the beaches, there is plenty to do: go hiking and explore the island, dive and snorkel, and if you travel between October and December, you can even witness the utterly spectacular Red Crab Migration.
But before you travel to Christmas Island, you need to see whether or not you need a visa. Since the island is an Australian territory, the visa policy of Australia applies. However, you need to keep in mind that Australia has agreements in place that grant visa exemption for many nationalities. Some visitors need to apply for electronic travel authorization (ETA) before crossing the border. Electronic visas are available for Schengen Area passport holders, but note that this visa is called "eVisitor" and grants a 90-day stay. Citizens of New Zealand (and of course Australia!) can access Christmas Island with no restrictions. All the other nationalities that are not visa exempt or eligible for an electronic visa must submit an application at the nearest diplomatic mission of Australia in-person.
If you aren't from New Zealand or Australia, we recommend that you use iVisa’s Visa Checker. All you have to do is click on the Visa Checker button you see in the top right corner of this webpage and fill in the boxes. You must select your nationality from the drag-down menu on the left, and on the right, you must choose Christmas Island as your destination. In seconds you'll know if you need a visa or not. If you do, you will be given some useful information about the nearest embassies where you can apply in-person.
Unfortunately, since electronic visas are not available for Christmas Island, iVisa does not process applications at the moment. When that changes, we'd love to help. In the meantime, we still like helping travelers, which is why we offer a free 24/7 support service if you have questions about the visa process.
As far as the specific requirements, we recommend that you contact the issuing authority in your nation (Australian embassy or diplomatic mission) and ask your questions there. You can find a lot of information online, but we advise you to use it as a reference only since it can sometimes be unreliable. What we can tell you is that anyone other than New Zealand and Australian nationals need a passport that does not expire for at least 6 months beyond the date of arrival.
Even though we cannot provide further assistance with processing a visa for Christmas Island, we hope that the above information helps.
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