Visa to Australia - Everyone needs one!

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For those with passports from these countries: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Republic of San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom - British Citizen, Vatican City

You can get an "eVisitor" Visa.  http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/evisitor/

Direct link to application page: http://www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/evisitor.htm#b

Note: The purpose of your stay is "business" (as a conference attendee), any family traveling with you will be "tourist".

Total cost: $0

Validity: 12 months from issue, for multiple visits up to 3 months in length each

Must apply ONLINE at least 2 weeks before travel (more is recommended). A Visa is needed for each traveler. You will not receive a sticker or stamp in your passport prior to entering Australia, this Visa is stored electronically and accessible by Australian Border Control.

If you do not want to apply online, and instead choose to obtain your Visa via a travel agent, consulate, or other service provider, you will need a "ETA (Business Entrant – Short Validity) (subclass 977)" Visa (below) at least 2 months prior to travel, provide proof of conference registration, and pay applicable fees.


For those with passports from these countries: Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong (SAR), Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, United States of America

You can get an "ETA (Business Entrant – Short Validity) (subclass 977)" Visa.  http://www.immi.gov.au/skilled/business/956-977/

Direct link to application page: https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETA/etas.jsp

Total cost: $20 service charge

Validity: 12 months from issue, for multiple visits up to 3 months in length each

Must apply ONLINE at least 2 weeks before travel (more is recommended). A Visa is needed for each traveler. You will not receive a sticker or stamp in your passport prior to entering Australia, this Visa is stored electronically and accessible by Australian Border Control.

If you do not want to apply online, and instead choose to obtain your Visa via a travel agent, consulate, or other service provider, you will need to apply at least 2 months prior to travel, provide proof of conference registration, and pay applicable fees.

You do not need to visit a departmental office to submit an application and you will not receive a stamp or label in your passport. However, you will be provided with a confirmation for your records, and the Australian Border Authority will have access to your provided information.

I applied for one of these today.  I filled out the form (took about 3 minutes), and submitted payment via credit card, and received my confirmation that I had been approved in the time it took to process the credit card.  (So "2 weeks" was really "15 seconds".)  I'm sure it varies (the time it takes), but I didn't want someone to confuse the "your application has been successful" confirmation email for just a credit card receipt. - Emily Rodrigues, ACBS


For those with passports from any other country (except New Zealand), you will need to apply for your Visa with a paper form here: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/456.pdf

Total cost: $140

Validity: 12 months from issue, for multiple visits up to 3 months in length each

Must apply on paper (online unavailable) at least 8 weeks before travel (more is recommended). A Visa is needed for each traveler.

To read more... http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/event-organisers-participants/