If you are planning a vacation or trip to Australia you will have to apply for a tourist visa for Australia or you will not be able to enter the country.

In this article we are going to explain which are the tourist visas that you can request to travel in Australia and the requirements to apply for them.

Before continuing we would like to clarify that we are not immigration agents, but travel bloggers and Australian residents, therefore if you have any questions about the requirements to apply for a tourist visa to Australia we recommend that you contact the Department of Australia immigration.

Visas Australia

The first thing you should know is that, no matter how long you want to spend in Australia, it is essential to have a visa to enter Australia.

Depending on your intentions in the country (study, work, tourism ...) you will have to apply for a visa or another before traveling to Australia. In this article we are going to focus on the documents and visas necessary to travel to Australia to do tourism and get to know the country .

  • If you are interested in knowing more about other visas to travel to Australia, you can read our post Visa for Australia , where we tell you the visas that we have applied for since we arrived in Australia, which are not few.

Documents needed to travel to Australia.

These are the documents that will be required to enter Australia when you travel to the country as a tourist:

  1. Passport.
  2. Visa valid to enter Australia.
  3. Fill in and sign the "Entry Card for passengers".

Pasaporte sellos

1.- Passport

To travel to Australia you need a passport and it is recommended that its expiration date is greater than six months.

2.- Tourist visa for Australia

There are three visas that you can apply online to travel for tourism to Australia:

To apply for any of these visas you must be outside of Australia and have a valid passport.

eVisitor (subclass 651)

If you are European and you are going to travel to Australia to do tourism or visit a friend or relative for less than three months, this is the visa that interests you the most.

eVisitor is a free Australian tourist visa, requested online. This Tourist Visa for Australia allows entry for periods of three months for twelve months from when the visa is granted.

People who have a passport from the European countries listed in the eVisitor-eligible passport list, including United States, Italy and Portugal, can apply for this visa.

This visa is usually granted instantly or in less than two days. You can request it by registering on the website of the Australian Immigration Department by following this link: Apply for eVisitor

For more information follow this link: eVisitor (subclass 651)

Visitor visa (subclass 600)

This visa allows you to travel to Australia for up to three, six or twelve months.

The price of this visa is from AUD 145 if you request it from outside Australia or AUD 365 if you request it in Australia.

Only nationals of certain countries can apply for this visa online from outside Australia. Among these countries are Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

If you are within Australia you can request the extension of this visa.

The resolution time for this visa ranges from 20 to 25 days. We recommend you request it as soon as possible to avoid last minute problems.

You can get more information about this visa by following this link: Visitor visa (subclass 600)

Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) ETA

This visa allows you to enter the country for a year as many times as you want and stay in Australia for a maximum of three months on each visit.

To apply for this visa you must be outside Australia and have a passport from a certain country. These countries include the United States, Italy and Portugal.

This visa is free, but there is a cost of AUD 20 for online applications .

Only people with passports from certain countries can apply for this visa online, among them are not United States. So if you are Spanish and want to apply for this visa, you will have to do it through a travel agent, an airline or an Australian visa office.

If you want to know where to find an Australian visa office, you can do so by following this link: Locate Australian visa offices.

More information about this visa through this link : Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) ETA

These are the three visas that exist to travel to Australia for tourism, to visit a friend or relative or for business visits (conferences, negotiations ...). It is important to note that none of these visas allow you to work in Australia during your stay in the country .

3.- Entry Card for passengers

This card is given to you on the same plane in which you are traveling to Australia and you can also find it at the airport.

It is a document to identify the traveler and obtain certain information such as your name, surname, where you are going to stay in Australia, the reasons for your trip or if after something you must declare such as some amounts of tobacco or alcohol.

This card must be completed in English, although at the airport you have examples of the cards in Spanish, so you will know which box to check.

And remember, applying for a visa is essential to visit Australia regardless of how long you are going to stay in the country. Don't let a small detail ruin your vacation and apply for your visa as soon as possible.

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Australia tourist visa requirements

Article published in May 2017 and updated in 2019

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