5 Facts US Citizens Need to Know about Australian ETA

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[ February 22, 2020 ]

Australia’s ETA or Electronic Travel Authorisation is a convenient electronic visa that enables US citizens to visit Australia. This flexible electronic visa is linked to your passport and it’s perfect for American citizens who are planning to visit Australia as a tourist, or for business reasons. 

Valid for 12 months in total, the ETA allows United States citizens to stay in Australia for a maximum of 90 days at a time. If you’re dreaming about Australian adventures, an ETA is a quick and straightforward visa option to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.

How do you find out if you qualify for an ETA? And how do you apply for an ETA? This post outlines 5 facts US nationals need to knowbefore applying for an Australian ETA. 

Here we guide you through the key facts...

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You must have a valid United States passport

You must be a citizen of the United States and have a valid US passport to apply online for an Australian ETA. The United States is one of eight countries that are currently eligible to apply online for an ETA, including Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Canada.

Check that your passport will remain valid when you board your flight to Australia and when you land in Australia. Your passport also needs to be valid for more than 3 months beyond the date of your arrival in Australia. To be on the safe side, we recommend ensuring that your passport is valid for at least 6 months.

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You must be living outside Australia to apply for an ETA

US nationals applying for an Australian ETA must be living outside Australia to apply for this electronic visa. If you’re an American citizen and would like to apply for a visitor visa from within Australia, the Visitor Visa (subclass 600) could be suitable for your needs.

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You need to have funds to support your stay in Australia

American citizens applying online for an ETA must have a credit, debit card or paypal account and be able to show that they have sufficient funds to support their time in Australia if requested. ETA applicants also need to ensure that they don’t have any outstanding debts with the Australian government.

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You must meet Australia’s health and character requirements

Australia’s government has a health requirement for all visitors. Americans applying for an ETA must ensure that they’re free from any disease or condition that could become a public health risk for the Australian community, or that could lead to costly healthcare and community service expenses for Australian citizens and permanent residents. All US citizens travelling to and entering Australia must be free from tuberculosis.

To qualify for an Australian ETA, US applicants also need to ensure that they meet Australia’s character requirements, including not having a prior criminal record. 

You may need to organise medical examinations to ensure that you comply with Australia’s health requirements. Or, you may be asked to provide documentation as proof of your good conduct - this could include a police certificate or a letter from your employer. 

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You must be visiting Australia for tourism or business purposes only

If you’re planning to apply for an ETA, it’s important to make sure that you’re only visiting Australia for tourism or business reasons, or to catch up with family or friends. 

US citizens with an Australian ETA are not allowed to carry out paid work during their time in Australia, although voluntary work is permitted. American nationals with an ETA visa are also allowed to study in Australia for up to 3 months.

We hope we’ve given you all the essential info you need to get started on your online ETA application. You can apply for your ETA here now with AustraliaOnlineVisa - it’s a quick and simple application process. If you have any further questions, please get in touch with our team of immigration experts today.

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