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Before you begin your trip, check the visa requirements. All travellers to Australia need a valid passport and everyone (except travellers with Australian or New Zealand passports) requires an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or visa to enter Australia. You must hold an ETA or visa before travelling to Australia.
An ETA is equivalent to a visa, but there is no stamp or label in your passport and there is no need for you to visit an Australian Visa Office to submit an application. ETAs are issued for short-stay tourists and short-stay business travellers to Australia. All other travellers, including working holidaymakers, students and long-stay tourists must carry a visa.
To make it easy for you, the Australian Government has made it possible to arrange ETAs and several e-visa categories via the Internet - no application forms and no contact with an Australian Visa Office is necessary.
To apply for an Internet ETA you will need a current valid passport for each traveller and a valid credit card. Your application will be processed whilst you are online and the ETA is issued electronically within seconds. You will be informed of the result of your application before you leave the Internet ETA system.
You may be eligible to apply for an e-visa via the Internet or alternatively, you may need to apply for a visa through an Australian Visa Office, or by contacting your travel agent or any specialist service provider.
These offices provide visa and immigration-related services including:
Find an Australian Visa Office
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(VIC), 9TA00584 (WA)