Everything you Need to Know about Australia’s Business ETA

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[ April 19, 2020 ]

Australia is such an exciting and vibrant destination for business visitors. Our buzzing cities are packed with fabulous opportunities and we welcome overseas business visitors with new ideas and forward-thinking attitudes. 

Are you considering Australia as a business destination? Here, we quickly guide you through everything you need to know about Australia’s Business ETA - the handy electronic business visa for short-stay business trips to Australia.

Let’s explore further...

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What is an Australian Business ETA?

Australia’s Business ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) is a convenient e-visa enabling people to visit Australia for business-related purposes for up to 3 months at a time. Valid for 12 months in total, the Business ETA has the same conditions as Australia’s ETA Tourist Visa.

Australia’s Business ETA is an electronic visa for short-term trips to Australia, which means you don’t need to bring paper documents with you, or obtain a stamp in your passport when you arrive in Australia.

You can apply for a Business ETA online with AustraliaOnlineVisa - it only takes a few minutes.

But before you get started, we recommend reading through the details we’ve outlined below and checking if you’re eligible for an Australian Business ETA…

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What counts as a ‘business activity’ when you visit Australia on an ETA Visa?

Eligible business activities for an Australian Business ETA Visa include:

  • Making general business or employment enquiries,
  • Activities relating to business contracts, including investigating, negotiating, entering into or reviewing a business contract,
  • Attending an (unpaid) conference, trade fair or seminar, or;
  • Activities relating to official government visits.

Business ETA Visa holders are not allowed to carry out paid work during their time in Australia. They’re also not permitted to supply services or sell goods to the Australian public and they cannot enter the Australian labour market or retail trade.

However, limited voluntary work in Australia is allowed under this e-visa. You can also undertake studies or training on the Business ETA visa for a maximum of 3 months.

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Which countries are eligible to apply online for an Australian Business ETA?

If you have a passport from one of the countries listed below, you can apply online for an Australian business ETA with AustraliaOnlineVisa:

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Vatican City.

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Are there any other conditions relating to Australia’s ETA Business Visa?

We’ve already outlined some of the conditions attached to the Australia Business ETA, but here’s a quick overview of the key requirements:

  • Visitors on a Business ETA e-visa are not allowed to carry out paid work during their time in Australia,
  • Studies or training undertaken on a Business ETA cannot last longer than 3 months,
  • You must meet Australia’s health requirements stipulated by the Department of Home Affairs, including being free from Tuberculosis when you travel to and enter Australia,
  • You must also meet Australia’s character requirements - you must not have any criminal convictions with a sentence lasting 12 months or longer (whether or not you’ve served the sentence/s) when you travel to and enter Australia,
  • Business ETA Visa holders must leave Australia within the validity period of their ETA Visa - visitors on a Business ETA can stay in Australia for a maximum of 3 months at a time.

If you have a valid passport from one of the countries listed above, you can apply for a Business ETA online TODAY with AustraliaOnlineVisa.

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