Australia Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter Australia, a valid passport is required by the nationals referred to in the chart above.
Visas for Australia are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except those continuing their journey to a third country (who hold confirmation of booking and documentation to enter the country) within eight hours of arriving in Australia. Be aware that not all airports remain open all night; travellers should check with the airline.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection at the high commission or embassy to check visa requirements for Australia.
Australian visa regulations (including visa application charges) change from time to time. The information provided here is valid at the time of publication, but visitors should check this information is still current by visiting the Department of Immigration and Border Protection online (www.border.gov.au) or by calling the Europe Service Centre (tel: +44 20 7420 3690, in the UK; lines open Mon-Fri 0900-1200 for non-English calls and 1200-1600 for English calls).
Most tourists staying for three months or less require either an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or eVisitor visa (some nationals are eligible for both). These are electronically stored authorities for travel to Australia for tourism or short-term business purposes that allow multiple entries for stays of up to three months for people from certain countries (see below). The ETA and eVisitor visa are invisible and therefore do not show up in your passport.
All nationals referred to in the chart above are currently eligible for an ETA except: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, who should apply for an eVisitor visa.
Of the nationals listed in the chart above, only EU nationals are eligible for an eVisitor visa; US and Canadian nationals should apply for an ETA.
There are also working holiday visas, student visas, and various work visas; enquire at the high commission or embassy.
• ETA: free (but a A$20 service charge applies)
• eVisitor visa: free
• Visitor Visa: A$135 for applicants outside Australia visiting once; A$1000 for frequent travelers (this visa is valid for up to 10 years, but it is currently in a trial stage so numbers are limited, though it may be extended to other passport holders in the future).
ETA/eVisitor: 12 months from the date of issue (or until the passport expires, whichever comes first) and permits multiple entries into Australia for a stay of up to three months on each visit.
Visitor visa: varies according to individual circumstances and will be stated on the visa label in your passport; usually valid for up to three, six or 12 months.
Citizens of the countries listed in the chart above do not need a transit visa if they have onward flights within eight hours of arriving and remain in the transit lounge. Nationals of countries not referred to in the chart above may require a transit visa and should check with the high commission or embassy. Transit visas are free of charge.
ETA: authorised travel agents or airlines or the nearest Australian High Commission or Embassy; some nationals (including Americans and Canadians) may apply online through the main Department of Immigration and Border Protection (www.eta.immi.gov.au).
eVisitor visa: apply online (www.border.gov.au).
Visitor visa: Australian embassies, high commissions and consulates; some nationals may apply online.
ETA applications are usually processed immediately. The processing time for eVisitor visas is between one day and a month. For visitor visas, processing varies according to the nationality of the applicant and can take anything from one day to a month.
Those entering Australia on a working holiday visa are expected to bring sufficient funds to support their initial stay in the country.
Anyone looking to extend their stay needs to apply for a new visa which, if successfully granted, will immediately cancel any other visa held. Those with a ‘Further stay restricted’ condition on their visa cannot usually extend their stay.
All travellers, regardless of age, require a visa to visit Australia. If your children have their own passport, you should apply for a separate ETA/eVisitor visa for each child entering all the details from their passports. If a child is on a parent’s passport, you still need a separate ETA/eVisitor visa, but should apply using the parent’s passport details as well as the child’s name, date of birth etc, as they appear on the passport.
You must be free of any disease or condition that could pose danger to the community. You must also declare for inspection all food, plant material and animal products on arrival, to ensure they are free from pests and diseases.
All cats and dogs being imported to Australia, whether it be for the first time or returning, must meet strict import conditions set by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs).