Australia is well known for its natural wonders and ranks in the top three of highly developed and urbanized countries. The Aussies’ particular lifestyle and cultural uniqueness make the land of the Kangaroos a must-visit destination for adventurers from all over the world. In 2019, approximately 9.4 million tourists visited Australia from overseas and more than 750.000 came from the United States.
Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the country covers a total area of 296,7910 square miles and presents a distinctive climate that varies throughout the continent while being mainly temperate most of the year, making it perfect for outdoor adventures and city tours.
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth are It’s largest cities and Canberra is the capital. The country’s most popular places to visit are the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, and The Outback.
A visitor visa allows applicants to travel to Australia, for tourism, family, or business-related activities which do not involve employment, there are currently three categories that American citizens can apply for:
The Subclass 600 visa suits every traveler’s needs. It is designed for people traveling to Australia for up to either, three, six, or 12 months, or people visiting Australia for business visitor purposes.
The Subclass 601 visa will allow you to visit Australia as a tourist or to visit for business purposes as often as you wish and stay for up to three months each time you visit Australia, within a year.
As a subclass 651 (E-visitor visa) holder, you will be able to visit Australia for three months at a time within a 12-month period for tourist or business visitor purposes only. To be eligible you will need to be outside of Australia upon application.
To apply for the Visitor visa, your passport must be valid throughout your stay. You have to be outside of Australia when filling out your application.
The purposes of traveling should be no other than to visit the country only for a temporary period on the basis of tourism or business visitor activities.
What does Australian ETA mean and what do I need to apply for it?
ETA stands for “Electronic Travel Authorization” The system was introduced in 1996 and provides the visitor with authorization to travel to Australia by electronically linking their passport. The Australian ETA is available to citizens of more than 50 countries, including the united states.
US citizens must have a valid regular (unexpired) passport to apply for this visa.
How long is the ETA valid for?
The Australian Electronic Travel Authorization allows the holder to enter the country as many times as necessary within the validity period of 1 year after its issuance. The duration of each visit is limited to 90 days per entry.
The expiration date of the Australian ETA will be 1 year after its issuance after the expiration date of the passport, or earlier if your current visa is already in the immigration system.
How does the Australian ETA work?
Your ETA is processed completely online, and it’s electronically linked to your passport number. Your passport does not need any stamps or labels.
The average processing time for an Electronic Travel Authority Visa is less than one day and travelers should know that sometimes the eVisitor visa can take up to two days for the Department to process.
Can I enter Australia multiple times with the ETA?
Yes, Australian ETA allows visitors to enter the country multiple times.
As an ETA holder, you cannot be involved in short-term or long-term employment or study in Australia (certain exceptions apply). You must not have tuberculosis, and also you must not have any criminal convictions.
How long can I stay in Australia?
Your visit to Australia cannot last longer than 90 days (on each visit).
Do I need ETA for my children?
Yes, every member of the family needs to apply for the Australian ETA.
If I am only passing through Australia, do I need ETA?
If you are leaving within 8 hours or upon arrival, have confirmation documentation for a subsequent reservation, and are staying in the transit room, you will not need an ETA.
Do I need plane tickets to apply for the ETA?
No, you do not need to book a flight before submitting your application.
If my passport is valid for less than six months, can I apply for the ETA?
Yes, you can submit your application. However, check that your passport is valid for the complete duration of your visit.
Do I need to enter Australia on the exact date specified on my ETA?
No, it is not needed. The validity period of your ETA starts from the date specified in your approved ETA. You can travel to Australia on any date within the validity period.
How can If my ETA is still valid?
Using your ETA reference number, you can check your visa status directly with the Australian Government at www.eta.immi.gov.au.
Can I apply for ETA if I am already in Australia?
The answer is no. You need to be outside of the country when applying for ETA.
Which Vaccinations Do I Need?
Yellow Fever vaccine is recommended if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
The United States is currently not listed on countries with risk of yellow fever. However, if you are flying from another country, be sure to check this requirement.