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Australia Visa - Get Your ETA Australia (eVisa) Online Now

Australia has been open for international travel since February 21, 2022. If you're planning to travel to Australia, you should know that you'll need to get an Australian travel visa to enter the country. The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA, a type of Australia Visa) is available to some nationalities and should be obtained before your trip.

This country is a top destination worldwide and whether you want to visit for tourism or business purposes, this is the right visa for you. Once you learn how to get your Electronic Travel Authority to enter Australia, you'll be all set to enjoy the country's top attractions.

In this article, we will share with you up-to-date information about the visa requirements and the step-by-step process you'll need to follow to complete your Australian visa application.

What is the Australia ETA?

An Australian Visa or Australia ETA, also known as the Australia tourist visa to many, is a travel document, part of the Australian entry requirements process, and grants entry to passport holders of selected countries.

Visitors can travel to Australia for tourism or business purposes with this document. Your ETA does not authorize you to live permanently or work in Australia. It is intended only for short-term business or tourism stays.

The application process is done fully online, and the Australia visa is processed by Australia's department of home affairs.

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You can apply for this visa online with iVisa. Forget about going to the embassy to submit your documents! iVisa has you covered since our service offers you professional assistance to help you succeed in your application.

This visa application process may have some different steps and it can be confusing if you do it alone, but don’t worry, iVisa is here to make it simple and stress-free. We do all the hard work for you!

Australia Visa Requirements

Getting the Electronic Travel Authority is easier than you might think. You can complete the application process from your home or office and go ahead with your travel plans as soon as you are ready.

The only requirement for the Australia visa is having a valid passport from one of the current ETA eligible-passport holders list you'll find below.

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Who can apply for an Australia ETA?

Only citizens from 7 eligible countries can visit Australia with this electronic visa.

  • The eligible countries are: the United States, Canada, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.

However, being on the list does not guarantee that you can get a visa. Due to strict travel restrictions, you might not be able to apply for an ETA at the moment. We recommend you use our Visa Checker Tool at the top of this page, to see the current application status for citizens of your country.

In some circumstances, there are additional restrictions for travelers planning to visit Australia for tourism or business. For example, visitors cannot have any criminal convictions to be eligible for an ETA.

Also, this visa cannot be used to get medical treatment in Australia. In both cases, you'll need to apply for a different Australia visa (a Visitor - Subclass 600 visa). If these restrictions apply to you, you'll need to contact the Australian embassy or consulate near you to get the right visa for your travel plans.

But in most cases, you can apply for your Australia ETA through our website. Visiting an embassy or consulate is unnecessary to get this travel permit.

If you hold more than one passport, you must declare it at the time of your application. And, if one of those passports is an Australian passport, you don't need to apply for this document to travel to Australia.

Remember that the Australia ETA is only valid for international travel in Australia, for tourism, or for business purposes.

When should I apply for my Australian visa?

Getting your visa can take up to 24 hours, which means you should give the application process a day to be completed. That being said, for travelers who are in a rush, we offer processing speeds that are as fast as 2 hours.

Visitors are not allowed to apply for their ETA from Australia. So you will need to complete your application from your country of origin.

In case your visa expires while you're in Australia, you would have to leave the country and apply for a new ETA before returning. You can also contact the immigration office to explore other visa types that might fit your individual circumstances.

We do not recommend staying in Australia beyond your visa validity period, as it might result in fines or future travel restrictions.

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How long does the Australian Visa last?

Once you get your Electronic Travel Authority granted, you'll be able to see the validity period on your Australia travel visa. This expiration date will either be 1 year after issued, or the expiration date of your passport, whichever is earliest.

For example, if your ETA is approved in June 2018, but your passport expires in February 2019, your ETA won't last for a year. It will expire in February 2019, on the same date as your passport.

After your passport or visa expires, you can apply for an ETA again.

How many times can I enter Australia with this visa?

Your valid Australian visa allows for Multiple Entry. You can visit the country as many times as you like, within the timeframe stated on the document. The only thing you need to consider is that each stay cannot be over 90 days Per Entry.

Please note that 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, there are some passport holders that must get a transit visa. We recommend checking the website of your local Australian embassy or consulate to find out more about this visa.

What documents do I need to apply online for the Australian Visa?

The Australian government requires you to have:

  • Your valid passport to be able to apply for this electronic visa. It cannot be expired or in poor condition. It should also have blank pages available for every entry into Australia.

  • Your credit or debit card or Paypal to pay the fee.

  • Your valid email address to receive your document.

With this document handy, you'll be able to complete the online application form. If you want to learn more about the additional documents you can submit to have a smoother application read the FAQs below.

This visa is not stamped on your passport but is electronically linked to it.

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How to complete the Australian Visa application using iVisa services?

It's quite easy. The whole process takes 15 minutes or less, in just 3 steps:

  • First, you'll need to fill out an online form with your personal information. The information needs to be exactly as it is stated on your passport. Otherwise, you might risk your visa being rejected.
  • Second, we'll ask you to double-check the information to make sure there are no errors. That way we can ensure the fastest service. If everything looks good, you move forward to selecting how soon you want to receive your visa.
  • Third, you pay for our visa services with your debit or credit card.

You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for your application process and your interview if needed, as well as the rest of the required documents. Don’t forget that you will have an expert by your side to guide you!

Once your visa is approved, we will send it to you via email. You'll be able to use this visa to travel to Australia temporarily, whether for tourism or business purposes.

At iVisa, you will only have to answer a 50% shorter form with clear questions. It will be like filling out a short survey.

In addition to that, in our platform, you can fill out the form at your own pace, make changes whenever you want, and save your progress, so you do not have to start from scratch, unlike the embassy website which cuts you off from their website every time you take a break.

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Do children also need to complete the Australian Visa application?

Yes, all passport holders, regardless of their age, will need to apply for a valid visa to travel to Australia.

If you use our visa services, you can include all your family members in the same application. We will process all the visas separately and you'll receive one PDF document for each traveler.

We recommend that you print the visas before your trip to Australia.

What's the cost of the Australia Visa and how long does it take to process it?

The price of your visa will depend on how fast you want to get it:

  • Standard processing time is 24 hours and it costs USD $71.99.
  • Rush processing time of 4 hours which costs USD $115.99.
  • Super rush processing of 2 hours for USD $168.99.

Note: These prices are the ones corresponding to US nationals and can vary depending on the nationality of the applicant.

All our service prices include the Australian government fee of USD $20.00.

It is recommended to apply for this visa 4 weeks in advance since you could be asked for extra documents. Usually, processing a visa by yourself make the process longer and harder, becoming time-consuming.

iVisa values how precious time is to you since there is no price for it. With us, you will take much less time to get your visa. We do all the hard work for you!

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Australia COVID-19 Entry Requirements

COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination passports or certificates are no longer mandatory to enter Australia. Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow up on the latest Australia travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.

COVID-19 Test

Currently, there are no requirements for COVID-19 test in Australia.

Quarantine

  • Quarantine requirements: There are no quarantine requirements in Australia.

It's not necessary for incoming travelers to carry health insurance but it is recommended.

If I have more questions, who can I contact?

For any visa Australia questions or additional information, you can contact our customer support agents. They are available 24/7 to answer any inquiries you might have about your visa to Australia and any other services we provide. If you apply with us, they will also be able to provide updates on the status of your visa application.

Required Documents to Apply
  • Applicant's Photo

  • Passport Personal Details Scan

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.

  • You can stay in Australia beyond your visa's validity date, but not beyond the 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.

  • Your ETA visa is an eVisa, so its 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 2018, but your passport expiration is in February 2019, your ETA will expire on the same date of your passport; otherwise it will expire in June 2019.

  • This visa allows you to stay for a maximum of 90 days Per Entry.

  • 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.

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You must have a regular valid passport (not expired). Not every nationality is eligible to apply for the Australia ETA, so before you apply go to our Visa Checker Tool to check if you actually need to apply for this document to travel to Australia.

Yes. These are the restrictions for this visa:

  • You may not work.
  • You can not stay in Australia for longer than 3 months per visit.
  • You must not have tuberculosis (TB)
  • You must not have any criminal convictions.

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No. The Australian ETA must be obtained prior to your entry into Australia.

It depends. If you depart within 8 hours of arrival, have confirmed booking documentation for an onward flight, and will remain in the transit lounge, you will not need an ETA. However, for certain nationalities, a transit visa may be required. Check the Australian government website for the full details.

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No. You do NOT need to provide a plane ticket. You can apply for your ETA before you have a confirmed ticket.

If you what to have a better application process we advise you to present these extra documents:

  • Your travel itinerary explaining the reasons why you're visiting Australia and the things you want to do there.

  • Hotel bookings or a letter of invitation from the family member/friend that is receiving you.

  • A list of your immediate family members with information about their date of birth and relationship with you.

  • A list of the family members that you’re going to visit in Australia explaining why they live there, their visa status, and if they are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

  • If you are traveling with companions make a list of them including their personal information like dates of birth and relationship with you.

  • Documents to prove that you are able to support yourself during your trip. For example, bank statements from the previous 3 months, and employment documents to prove you have a job and a salary.

  • If you are self-employed you should provide financial records or business registration documents.

  • If you’re unemployed make sure to present documents to prove that you are sponsored by someone and evidence from your relationship with that person.

  • If you’re studying, it will be helpful to have any documents to prove that you are going to a university or school.

  • If you have any other documents that show that you have reasons to go back to your country and not stay in Australia, don’t hesitate and submit them.

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Yes. You only need a regular valid passport (not expired) and a valid visa when you board your flight and when you enter Australia.

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No, you do not. The validity period of your ETA begins from the date specified in your approved ETA. You can enter Australia on any date within this validity period.
You must complete a new ETA application. The previous ETA application will be canceled once the new ETA is issued.

A new ETA cannot be obtained using the same passport until that actual ETA expires. If you lose the passport which contains the actual and valid ETA you may apply for a new ETA by paying the relevant fee again.

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If you previously applied for and received an ETA, you can check the status of your ETA through the Australian government website.

Please contact us ASAP via Online Chat. Unfortunately, if your visa was already processed, you will need to pay an additional charge of USD $71.99.

Note: this price belongs to US nationality and can vary depending on the nationality of the applicant.

A yellow fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

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You probably know how Australia started to exist in the formula we have today. It was this island where the British would send their prisoners in exile to separate them from the general public. Even though the British ended up setting a penal colony in Australia, it was, in fact, the Dutch who marked the European arrival. So, in a country formed by immigrants, it would be rather silly to not be able to migrate, don’t you think? It is not accurate to say that the whole of Australia was a penal colony. We still have the indigenous people. And of course, more nations followed the British in forming their own colonies. Even so, that is of little importance now. It may be helpful to remember the history, to not repeat it as they say, but we need to think of the future. The question that may be on your minds is whether or not Australia is welcoming. The shortest answer is that yes, it is very welcoming. But it seems that not for everyone. You may have heard in the news that president Trump recently went on a visit and made fun of Australia’s policy of letting people in. We are all familiar with his immigration policy, but leaving that aside, is there any truth in that? Apparently, Australia was not as ‘nice’ as it is now. It had this conflict with people who would arrive on the continent by boat illegally. While that is not a bad thing because you cannot simply go to a foreign country without permission, it still is a serious issue. No country will accept that. Unless, of course, if you are from the European Union and you travel within the community. Anyway, getting back to our Australia story, the problem was regarding the refugees. It is my understanding that the whole story began back in 2001 when a Norwegian freighter, the MV Tampa, rescued more than 400 Iraqis and Afghans from a sinking ship. The story goes deeper than that, but this is the most recent issue. The freighter entered Australia’s waters and wished to leave all the survivors there, but the operation was refused. That is when Australia got some international attention as far as immigration is concerned. You cannot really blame the Australian officials. They wanted to maintain their country safe from illegal immigrants. Since it is surrounded by water, every foreigner that arrives by boat is thoroughly checked for contraband and whatnot. That is why my advice is that if you want to travel to Australia, take a flight. You still have to deal with customs and all that, but the process is far easier to go through. The Australian officials still managed the immigration problem very well, if you ask me. Of course, the international community and the human rights advocates were up in a roar when the two off-shore detention centers, one in Nauru and the other in Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, opened, and as a result, the Supreme Court declared Manus illegal and demanded to be shut down. Which actually happened in 2017. Even so, people are still held in Manus, but they live in special build accommodations, and their circumstances are not much changed. To be honest, I do not know what the fuss is about all that. If someone comes and sets up a tent in your yard, do you let him live there? Not really, right? After all, it is your yard which you own for yourself and your family. Not some stranger. It is the same with Australia’s leaders. Their first duty is to their citizens, not refugees or other immigrants. However harsh that may seem, the truth is not always flowers and rainbows. Even so, you should probably know that Australia’s is number 6 on the list of most welcoming countries for refugees. It seems that the whole scandal with the freighter as well as with the other following policies made them change their minds. Of course, they still have rules, but they found a way to manage immigration and satisfy the public at the same time. 12 thousand Syrian refugees came to Australia during the migration, and that is because 84% of its citizens believed that people running from war should be welcomed and helped, not cast away. Just so you know, the global average (of the same opinion) was 73%. As you can see, Australians seems to have opened their arms and their borders more than most countries. So what does that means for you? Perhaps nothing. You probably applied online for an Electronic Travel Authorization, and you plan to go to Australia as a tourist. Even so, if you are interested in going as a worker or student, that is possible as well. Today, about 28% of Australia’s population consists of immigrants, and that is precisely because of the amended immigration policies from the last decade and a half. Plus, a lot of asylum seekers who used to come illegally to Australia by boat enjoyed political attention. This ultimately led to the situation we have today. Today, immigration is a significant nation-building project for Australia. The government not only devised entry and improved policies, but they also provide financial aid, which in itself encourages immigration. Plus, the change from the preferential treatment toward the British to an all-national nondiscriminatory policy is one of the things that make Australia one of the most welcoming states in 2018. Additionally, there is an emphasis on economic criteria for all categories of migrants, both temporary and permanent. One thing that must never be forgotten is that migration is never just one state’s problem. It involves multiple governments and the relations between them. After all, asylum seekers may want to go back home or resettled. Even so, what Australia learned and we can take as an example is that migrants contribute both economically and socially. After all, how do you think that Australia became so economically competitive? It all started when they stopped preferring only European migrants and became multicultural. Do you actually believe that the change has nothing to do with their advancement in the world?
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