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Tourist Visas Australia

If you are planning to visit Australia for holidays, sightseeing, recreational reasons, to visit relatives or friends, you will need to apply for a tourist visa. Applying for a tourist visa can also be a good option to extend your stay after a working holiday visa. There are various types of visas available for visiting Australia so it is important to apply for the right one. The type of visa that you may be able to get depends on the length of your stay, your country of origin, where you are applying from and the purpose of your visit. Here is a summary of the different visas available and costs associated.

Tourist Visas in a Nutshell

Which tourist visa should I apply for Australia?

eVisitor Visa

If you plan to travel for less than 3 months

ETA

You travel less than 3 months (visa requested via a travel agency)

Visitor Visa

You want to stay more than 3 months or you are already in Australia

What a tourist visa allows you to in Australia

  • Visit and stay in the country during your visa;
  • Study for 3 months maximum;
  • Work as a volunteer (Wwoofing/HelpX) – you can not do any paid work.

Important: Tourist Visas do NOT allow you to work legally in Australia.

How to get a tourist visa for Australia?

1. Submit your application on the Australian Immigration website

To apply for a tourist visa in Australia, you must do it directly online through the “E-visa” service at www.homeaffairs.gov.au. Visa applications are not processed by the Australian Embassy.

So, to make your application, visit only the official Australian government website. Choose the visa that suits your needs and click on ‘Apply’ at the bottom of the page.

2. Create an ImmiAccount

You will then need to create an ‘Immiaccount’ where you will submit your application. The application process is straightforward and takes only a few minutes. You will need to enter your personal details (last name, first name, date of birth, address, email, etc.), your passport number. Next, you will be required to answer a series of ‘Yes or No’ questions regarding your criminal history. Attach documents (passport or any other documents requested at the time of applying). Then pay the application fee (if any).

Note: Enter the information exactly as it appears on your passport (including all your given names, for example).

3. Visa confirmation

Once your application has been validated, you will receive an email confirming that it has been processed. You will be notified by email if your tourist visa is approved and it will be digitally linked to your passport. We advise you to print the email granting your application.

It is advisable not to book flights or make travel arrangements until you have obtained your visa for Australia.

Eligibility

This tourist visa allows you to stay a maximum of 3 consecutive months in Australia (for tourism, business, private or family visits).

Note: This visa allows you to enter Australia for up to three months. However, its validity lasts 12 months from the date the eVisitor is granted. During this period, you are able to travel to Australia as many times as you wish.

It is free and can be obtained online from the Department of Home Affairs.

To apply for an eVisitor (subclass 651) you must be OUTSIDE Australia and be a passport holder of an eligible country.

Eligible countries
Andorra
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
The Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Republic of San Marino
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
United Kingdom – British Citizen
Vatican City

To obtain this visa you must meet the following criteria:

  • Do not have any illness or health problems that require significant care
  • stay temporarily in Australia and obey any condition and stay period attached to your visa
  • Have enough money for your stay in Australia
  • Not have a criminal conviction for which the sentences total 12 months or more, whether or not you have served the sentences.

Processing time

The application process is swift as it involves a simplified visa. It can be obtained within a few clicks through the immigration website (see above).

The processing time for this visa is quick. It can be acquired in a matter of hours (even minutes!). This duration might extend if you don’t correctly fill out the form or provide all the requested documents. The maximum processing time to obtain this visa is 50 days.

You will be notified by email once your eVisitor is approved. The visa is valid for up to 12 months from the date it has been granted.

For more information and apply online: eVisitor 651

Eligibility

The ETA allows you to visit Australia as often as you wish in a 12-month period as a tourist or for business visitor purposes. You may stay up to 3 months each time you enter Australia. You are also permitted to study in Australia for up to 3 months in some circumstances.

Note: This visa allows you to enter Australia for up to three months. However, its validity lasts 12 months from the date the eVisitor is granted. During this period, you are able to travel to Australia as many times as you wish.

To apply for an Electronic Travel Authority, you must be OUTSIDE Australia and be a passport holder from an eligible country.

Eligible countries
Andorra
Austria
Belgium
Brunei
Canada
Denmark
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong (SAR of China)
Iceland
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Monaco
Norway
Portugal
Republic of San Marino
Singapore
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan (excluding official or diplomatic passports)
The Netherlands
United Kingdom—British Citizen
United Kingdom—British National (Overseas)
United States of America
Vatican City

You can lodge your ETA application online at Electronic Travel Authority if you hold a passport from: Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, United States.

If your country of origin is not eligible for the online application, it will have to be lodged by a travel agent, an airline or an immigration agency.

To obtain this visa you must meet the following criteria:

  • Do not have any illness or health problems that require significant care
  • stay temporarily in Australia and obey any condition and stay period attached to your visa
  • Have enough money for your stay in Australia
  • Not have a criminal conviction for which the sentences total 12 months or more, whether or not you have served the sentences.

The visa is valid for up to 12 months from the date it has been granted.

For more information and apply online: ETA 601

What you can do with subclasses 601 & 651 visas

Tourist trip

These visas allow you to visit Australia as often as you wish in a 12-month period. You can stay up to 3 months each time you enter Australia. These two visas (ETA and eVisitor) are multiple entry visas, valid for one year (12 months). So if during your tourist trip to Australia you leave the country to visit an another country, on your return to Australia, your tourist visa will resume and be valid for 3 months. You can travel outside Australia and return as many times as you like during the visas validity.

You cannot work or be paid on these visas. However, it is possible to do voluntary work.

Business visitor activities

You can :

  • make general business or employment enquiries
  • investigate, negotiate, sign or review a business contract
  • undertake an activity as part of an official government visit
  • take part in a conference, trade fair or seminar. The organisers cannot pay you to take part

You cannot:

  • work for or provide services to a person, business or organisation
  • sell goods or services to the public.

Stay longer

You cannot extend these visas. To stay longer you must apply for another visa. For a longer stay you may be eligible for a Visitor visa (Subclass 600 – see below).

Eligibility

For tourists, business visitors or to visit family longer than 3 months, the Visitor visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to three, six or 12 months.

The government can grant this visa with a single entry or multiple entry. If they grant you a visa with multiple entry, you can leave and return to Australia on the visa while it is valid. Generally, the immigration grant a stay period of 3 months. They might grant a stay of up to 12 months in certain circumstances.

You can apply online being IN or OUTSIDE Australia.

For the different reasons of stay, this visa is available in several versions:

  • Tourist stream (for tourists)
  • Sponsored family stream (if you are visiting family in Australia)
  • Business visitor stream (on a business trip)

Tourist stream (apply outside Australia)

If you are outside Australia, this visa stream allows you to visit Australia as a tourist, to go on a cruise or to see family and friends.

The application charge for this visa starts from $190 depending on the length of your stay.

You must be OUTSIDE Australia when you apply and when the immigration decides your visa.

Processing times for the Visitor visa can vary depending on your situation. It can take a few days up to a couple of months.

Tourist stream (apply in Australia)

For those in Australia who wish to apply online, you will need to hold a current visa without a ‘No further stay’ condition. The application charge for this visa ranges from $475.

If you are applying for a Subclass 600 after a Working Holiday Visa, the application charge will be higher. Indeed, a ‘Subsequent Temporary Application Charge’ of $700 will be applied (if application submitted in Australia).

You must be IN Australia when you apply and when the immigration decides your application.

Sponsored family stream

This visa stream lets people who are sponsored, usually by a family member, come to Australia to visit their family members. You must be sponsored by an eligible family member who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

With this visa you can stay up to 12 months. The application charge for this visa is $190. Your sponsor might have to pay a security bond.

You must be OUTSIDE Australia when you apply and when the immigration decides your visa.

Business Visitor Stream

This visa stream lets you visit Australia for business reasons. With this visa you can stay up to 12 months. The application charge is $190.

You must be OUTSIDE Australia when you apply and when the immigration decides your visa.

For more information on the Visitor Visa and to apply online: Visitor Visa 600

Frequently asked questions on Tourist Visa

Do I need a visa to travel to Australia?

Entry to the Australian territory requires obtaining a visa. You must absolutely have a valid visa to enter the country. Whether it’s a tourist visa, a Working Holiday Visa, or even a Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa, make sure to have a visa before booking your flight to Australia. If you are an Australian citizen, you do not need a visa.

When should I apply for a visa for Australia?

It is strongly advised to apply for your tourist visa before booking your flight. The processing times for tourist visas are generally (very) fast, but it’s still recommended to plan ahead. The processing times might be longer during certain periods of the year or due to a high volume of applications.

What documents do I need to go to Australia?

To enter Australian territory, you will need a valid visa. In addition to that, you will require a valid passport for the entire duration of your stay.

Can I extend a tourist visa in Australia?

Once in Australia and if you hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA 601) visa, you can extend your stay by applying for another tourist visa (for example, the Visitor visa subclass 600). This will involve a fee. If you are in Australia on an eVisitor (651) visa, you will not be able to extend it.

Do I need a visa to transit through Australia?

If the duration of your transit in Australia exceeds 8 hours, you will need to obtain an eTA travel authorization before your visit. This authorization is valid even if you do not leave the airport terminal.

It is important to note that visa information can change, so it is essential to refer to the official website of the Australian government or contact the Australian embassy or consulate in your country to obtain the most up-to-date information about tourist visas for Australia

Source: www.homeaffairs.gov.au

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