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Travel Visas to Australia

The following information on visas to Australia, who is eligible, and how to apply.

Obtaining a Tourist Visa for Australia

Short-term travel: If you are interested in simply visiting Australia for a short period of time – without legally working – you can apply for an electronic VISA, which will allow you multiple visits of up to three months at a time over the course of 12 months after the date of issue.

For US or Canadian citizens, this electronic VISA is known as an ETA and carries an AUS$20 service charge. The following countries can also receive an ETA:

Brunei
Hong Kong SAR
Japan
Malaysia
Singapore
South Korea

For more on the ETA, visit Australian Electronic Visa Authority

For members of the EU, this VISA is known as an ‘eVisitor’ and is free. For complete lists of eVisitor eligible passports, seeEvisitor Eligibility List or consult the list below:

Andorra
Austria
Belgium
Bulgaria
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

You are eligible for an ETA or eVisitor if you are outside Australia at the time of application. To apply: Australia tourist visa application.

For a tourist visa for up to 1-year stay apply for Tourist Visa, subclass 676. There is a non-refundable AUD$140 application fee for a 12-month Visa. For passport holders from approved countries, you may apply for this Visa online at 12 month Australia visa.

Extending your Tourist Visa: You can extend your stay in Australia by up to 6 months if you hold one of the above tourist Visas. The charge is AUD$255, or less if you have a relative willing to sponsor you.

Working Holiday Visa to Australia

A Working Holiday Visa enables you a stay of up to 12 months and allows you temporary work (under 6 months with any one employer) while in the country. You must show evidence of funds (Australian immigration considers about AUD$5000 to be sufficient, but the amount will vary depending on the length of your stay and extent of your travel). The application fee is AUD$235. For more information, go to Australia working holiday visa.

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