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Australia: How do I obtain a visitor visa?

ETA Visitor Visa

Residents and citizens of certain countries are eligible to apply for a ETA (Visitor) (Subclass 976) visa. ETA visas are electronically stored records linked to your passport number and are accessible to airlines, travel agencies and Australian border agents.

The visa is valid for 12 months after the date of issue or the expiration date of your passport, whichever is shorter, and cannot be extended. If you want to remain in Australia after your ETA expiration date, you must apply for a new visa at least two weeks before your visa expires. There is no charge for the visa, however, a service charge for processing the visa applies. The visa for your records.

Countries whose citizens are eligible for an ETA visa:

  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • United States of America

eVisitor visa

If you are not eligible for an ETA visa, you may qualify for an eVisitor visa. Individuals who hold passports from the European Union, Iceland, Switzerland, the United Kingdom as well as passport holders of several other European countries qualify for eVisitor visas. The eVisitor visa allows stays of up to three months and is free of charge.

All other visitors to Australia must apply for the e676 Tourist visa. The e676 Tourist visa allows stays of up to three, six or 12 months, depending on the purpose of the visa and the personal circumstances of the applicant.


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