Do I need a visa for Australia?
If you want to visit Australia you probably need a visa to enter the country, unless you have an Australian passport, then you are good to go. This rule applies to tourists, accompanying children as well as business travellers.
The visa must be obtained before your visit to Australia. Although it is usually a quick process and in urgent cases it can be obtained within an hour, it is best to allow some weeks to process your application.
How to apply for an eVisitor?
Applying for a e-visa to Australia has never been easier. Just follow these three steps and you are good to go.
- Apply for an electronic visa.
- Pay online.
- Check your inbox.
However some restrictions apply, read on to check if you qualify.
Do I meet the requirements?
- You should not have tuberculosis.
- You should also ensure that your have comprehensive and up-to-date medical insurance. If you are an EU citizen, you probably already have a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), if not get one.
- If you have been convicted of a crime and the combined maximum duration is more than 12 months, you do not qualify for an Australia visa.
- Your passport that you enter the country with has to be valid for at least six months and should be the same as used during the application process.
Which type of visa should I apply for?
There are different types of visas for different purposes. You should always check before applying that you meet the requirements.
The eVisitor visa, aka tourist- or business visa, is the most sought after as it is both easy and cheap to obtain. The cost of applying for this type of visa is less than £ 15,- (at the time of writing)* and can be bought online.
This type of visa can be used for:
- business trips
- volunteer work
The caveat is that it can only be obtained by passport holders of the following countries (in alphabetical order):
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Vatican city.
If you are entitled to an eVisitor visa, you should choose this type because it is cheaper than the ETA, easier to obtain and has the same validity duration. It will usually be granted within five workdays of applying and sent to you by email.
Above is explained how to apply in three easy steps for this type of visa.
2. ETA Australia
With an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) the visitor can stay in Australia for a maximum of three months on each visit. To apply online, one must be outside Australia and a passport holder of one of the following countries/regions, in alphabetical order:
Brunei – Darussalam, Canada, Hong Kong (SAR PRC), Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Rep of (South), United States.
The cost of this type of visa is AUS$ 20 when applying through the government website. To complete your application you must have your passport, email address and a valid credit card at hand.
3. Urgent visa
If for whatever reason (for instance sickness, business) you will need an urgent visa, there is an option to apply for this. This will set you back £17,50 per person. Usually an urgent visa request is processed within one hour. However, randomly these requests are subject to further screening by the authorities, which can take several days.
4. Working holiday visa
The WHVA or Working Holiday Visa Australia is for young people who like to go on a working holiday for a maximum of 12 months.
You can apply if:
- You are between 18 – 30 years old or
- You have Canadian and Irish citizenship and are between 18 – 35 years.
- The main purpose of your visit is a holiday.
- Upon arrival in Australia, you can show evidence that you have at least AUS$ 5,000 at your disposal.
- You are not travelling with children.
- You you are not planning to work more than 6 months for the same employer.
The good news is that within the 12 months that your visa will last, it is allowed to re-enter Australia an unlimited number of times.
That is all for now guys.
Enjoy your trip and let me know how it went.