Visa Requiremets for Australia
- Apply for an Australian visa before you leave home.Koala image by HeikeKl from Fotolia.com
Australia issues several types of visas for visitors. Select the one that best suits your needs. There are few requirements set by the government for most tourists. If you travel as a sponsored family member, you and the sponsor will have specific qualifications. In general, if you wish to stay longer than your visa allows, you may apply for another visa as long as your passport is still current.
Electronic Travel Authority Visitor Visa: Subclass 976
- Choose this visa if you plan to stay less than three months in Australia for tourism, recreation or informal study. Apply for the ETA at least two weeks ahead of time. You can apply months ahead of time as it is valid for 12 months from date of issue or for the life of your passport if it has less than 12 months left on it. Apply online through the Australia Embassy or through a travel agent. As of 2010, the visa is free but has a service charge of $20 in Australian currency. Travel agencies may add an additional surcharge for the service. Most applications may be processed and granted within a few minutes.
EVisitors Visa: Subclass 651
Tourist Visa: Subclass 676
Sponsored Family Visitor: Subclass 679
- An Australian family member can sponsor your visit if you wish to stay longer than three months.Life on a beach in Australia image by Dawn Hanson from Fotolia.com
Visit a family member in Australia for up to 12 months with the Sponsored Family Visitor visa, which requires formal sponsorship by an Australian citizen or permanent resident who is 18 years of age or older. The sponsorship is between the sponsoring Australian relative and the immigration bureau, and all correspondence will be between them. A relative is defined as a partner, parent, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew or adopted equivalent. The visitor completes and signs the application form, sends it to the sponsor and arranges for visa label to be attached to his passport. This visa is not intended for travelers who are going for business or medical reasons. The sponsor pays the application fee. To begin the application process, start online.
Other Types of Visas