Entry into Australia
Do I require a Visa?
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane regardless of the length of stay.
Note: New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders do not usually need to lodge a visa application prior to their departure unless they have health and/or character concerns.
Travelling from Europe?
The eVisitor Visa is a new travel visa available to European Union passport holders who wish to travel to Australia. The eVisitor system is designed to streamline the online visa application system for travellers from the EU.
ETA and eVisitor visas are processed instantly and linked electronically to your passport. Your authorisation will be verified automatically when you check in for your flight to Australia and by an Australian Immigration officer when you arrive.
What should I do to help with the visa application process?
For the best possible chance of obtaining a visa to travel to Australia to attend an event, you should:
- Determine which visa you should apply for.
See: Find a visa
- Apply for your visa at least 6–8 weeks before your intended date of travel to Australia (or two weeks for online applications) as visa processing times may vary.
- Consider Australia's health and character requirements, which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.
- If you are not from an eVisitor or ETA eligible country, ensure you obtain a confirmation of your registration, or a letter of invitation, to attach to your paper-based visa application.
- Lodge paper-based visa applications at the Australian visa office nearest to your current country of residence.
See: Immigration Offices Outside Australia