Heading Down Under to relax? Get an Australia holiday visa before you leave. It allows you to travel around the country for tourism or leisure or to travel for business.
So you want to visit some of our tourist attractions and are not an Australian or New Zealand citizen?
You need a visa.
Depending on the country you are coming from you can get an electronic one or a standard one.
With the electronic one there is no label on your passport.
The standard one involves some paperwork with the application.
You can find all the information related to travel visas on the department of immigration website: http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/
You can apply for a travel visa online if you have a passport from one of the eligible countries. For example from:
Find out from which countries at immi.gov.au/visas/visitor/601/applicants.htm
This visa for Australia allows you to visit the country for up to 3 months, for leisure purposes or if you want to do some informal studies or have some business meetings.
The entry visa is stored electronically - there is no stamp in your passport. Airlines, travel consultants and authorities access the information on their computers.
Make sure the passport you show to border authorities is the same you used when you filled your application.
ETA is quick and easy to apply for, but you have to be overseas. You cannot submit a request for this visa in Australia.
To stay on the safe side, it is good to apply for the ETA at least 2 weeks before starting your trip. You can go online or use a travel consultant.
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