Australian Visa Information

It is vital to get the most up to date details when dealing with visas. Below are the places to find this information quickly and reliably.

Travelling to Australia necessitates a valid visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), unless you are an Australian citizen or a New Zealand passport holder (most). The information that follows is a brief overview. It is recommended that you make use of the links provided to gain the most up to date information.

The Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs website provides extensive visa information and application forms.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra also provides visa information.

The Australian Government advise persons intending to visit Australia, to obtain a visa or ETA before "making any irreversible arrangements such as paying for airline tickets, giving notice to employers or disposing of real estate". In addition health and character requirements must be satisfied.

Tourist Visas

Tourist Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) : Subclass 976

The Electronic Travel Authority is an electronically stored authority allowing the visa holder short-term visits to Australia of up to 3 months for the purpose of holidays, tourism, recreation or to see family and friends. This visa is available to passport holders from a number of selected countries and regions. Applicants must apply outside of Australia.

More Information | Apply Online for the Electronic Travel Authority


eVisitors : Subclass 651

The eVisitors is an electronically stored authority allowing the visa holder to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes for up to three months. This visa is available to passport holders from the European Union and a number of other European countries. Applicants must apply outside of Australia.

More Information | Apply Online for the eVisitors


Tourist Visa : Subclass 676

The Tourist Visa is a temporary visa allowing the visa holder to stay in Australia for up to three, six or twelve months. Applicants can apply from both outside and within Australia.

More Information | Apply Online for the Tourist Visa


Sponsored Family Visitor Visa : Subclass 679

The Sponsored Family Visitor Visa is for people seeking to visit family in Australia for a stay period of up to 12 months. Formal sponsorship by an Australian citizen or permanent resident is required.

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Business Visas

Business Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) : Subclass 956/977

The Business Electronic Travel Authority is designed for business people requiring entry to Australia for short-term business purposes. Business purposes include attending educational or business related meetings, seminars, conventions, conferences and networking, as well as informal studies or training. The visa holder is eligible to remain in Australia for up to three months on each visit. Applicants must apply outside of Australia.

The Short Validity Business Electronic Travel Authority is valid for a period of up to 12 months (or the life of the passport if less than 12 months). The Long Validity Business Electronic Travel Authority is valid for the life of the passport.

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eVisitors : Subclass 651

The eVisitors is an electronically stored authority allowing the visa holder to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes for up to three months. This visa is available to passport holders from the European Union and a number of other European countries. Applicants must apply outside of Australia.

More Information | Apply Online for the eVisitors


Business Short Stay Visa : Subclass 456

The Business Short Stay Visa allows business people to make a short visit to Australia for up to three months for business purposes. Business purposes include a conference, negotiation or exploratory business visit. This visa is available to all passport holders who are not eligible to apply for a Business Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or an eVisitor. No sponsorship is required.

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Sponsored Business Visitor Short Stay : Subclass 459

The Sponsored Business Visitor Short Stay allows business people to make a short visit to Australia for up to three months for business purposes. Business purposes include a conference, negotiation or exploratory business visit. This visa is available to all passport holders who are not eligible to apply for a Business Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or an eVisitor. Applicants must have an approved sponsor in Australia.

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Other Visas

Working Holiday Visa : Subclass 417/462

The Working Holiday Visa is for people aged between 18 and 30 who would like to travel to Australia for an extended holiday of up to 12 months. Visa holders are entitled to work in order to supplement their travel funds. Working Holiday Visas are only available to people from selected countries.

More Information | Apply Online for the Working Holiday Visa


Student Visa

There are a number of Student Visas available for people who would like to travel to Australia for the purpose of study.

More Information | Apply Online for the Student Visa


Other Visas

Several other visa classes exist for people wanting an extended stay in Australia or to permanently migrate to Australia. The number of some visa classes granted is limited by law, so competition is likely to be fierce. There are several Fact Sheets available online. Extensive general information and advice is available on the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs Website found at: http://www.immi.gov.au


Citizenship Enquiries

Information on how to become an Australian Citizen can be obtained from the Government run Australian Citizenship website.


Quarantine Regulations

Australia has very strict quarantine regulations. When intending to visit, or return to Australia, it is a good idea to check what you can and can't bring into the country with regards to food, animal and plant material. The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service check every piece of luggage that is brought into Australia and are also responsible for the screening of all mail sent to Australia. Further Information about Australian Quarantine Regulations.


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