Five Things to Know Before Applying for an Australian eVisitor Visa

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[ February 12, 2020 ]

Australia’s eVisitor Visa (subclass 651) is a quick and hassle-free tourist visa to enable you to visit and spend time in Australia. This flexible electronic visa gives you the freedom to whizz through the airport and make the most of every second spent exploring our amazing country. 

Valid for up to 12 months, the eVisitor Visa allows holders to stay in Australia for 3 months at a time as a tourist, to visit friends and family or for business purposes - you can even study for up to 3 months on this e-visa. Sounds great? Definitely. But, it’s also vital to make sure that you qualify for an eVisitor Visa and receive approval for your eVisa before you set off for your trip to Australia. 

We’ve put together a handy 5-point checklist of the key things you need to know before you apply for an Australian eVisitor Visa.

Let’s get started…

eligible countries

Your country must be eligible

First, you need to make sure that you have a passport from an eligible country. Australia’s eVisitor Visa is a convenient online visa option for visitors from the European Union and United Kingdom. 

If you have a passport from one of the countries listed below, you’re eligible to apply for an Australian eVisitor Visa:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • Vatican City

And, don’t forget that the passport you apply for your eVisitor Visa with must also be the passport and passport number that you’ll be travelling to Australia with. Your eVisa is linked electronically to your passport, so you won’t need paper documents or a stamp in your passport.

If your home country isn’t included on the above list, don’t worry - other Australian visitor visas are available - please get in touch with Australia Online Visa for further info.

live outsite australia

2. You must be living outside Australia when you apply

You must be living outside Australia when you apply for an eVisitor Visa. This electronic visa cannot be applied for if you’re already in Australia. If you want to apply for a visitor visa from within Australia, you could opt for a different tourist visa such as the Visitor Visa (subclass 600)

visiting australia tourism

3. You must be visiting Australia for tourism, business or study purposes only

Australia’s eVisitor Visa is a flexible e-visa that allows you to stay in Australia for a maximum of 3 months at a time for tourism or business reasons, or to visit friends or family. eVisitor Visa holders are also allowed to study in Australia for up to 3 months.

You are not allowed to work in Australia on an eVisitor Visa. However, voluntary work is permitted, as well as some unpaid business activities.

health and character requirements

4. You need to meet Australia’s health and character requirements

Australia’s government has a health requirement for visitors. Before you apply for an eVisitor Visa, you must be free from any disease or condition that could become a public health risk for Australian citizens, or that could lead to high healthcare and community service costs for the Australian community. All visitors must be free from tuberculosis when they travel to and enter Australia.

eVisitor Visa applicants must also meet character requirements. The Department of Home Affairs recommends that those with a criminal conviction apply for a Visitor Visa (subclass 600) rather than an eVisitor Visa, as you may be refused entry into Australia if you arrive here on an eVisa with a criminal conviction. Before applying for an eVisitor Visa, you’ll also need to ensure that you don’t have any outstanding debts with the Australian government.

support your stay

5. You must have enough money to support your stay 

Finally, as an eVisitor Visa applicant, you’ll need to ensure that you have enough money to support your stay in Australia and to enable you to leave Australia at the end of your trip.

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