I am going to travel to Australia, and I need a visa to enter into the continent. The fastest and easiest way is to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) online.
The ETA provides authorization for visitors holding a valid passport from Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Brunei, Japan, Korea, USA or Canada to travel to and enter Australia.
The ETA is valid for 1 year from the date of application, or until the expiry date of your passport, whichever earlier. With an ETA, you will be able to have multiple entries to Australia until its expiry date. for each entry, you can stay in Australia for a period of up to 3 months.
The service charge to apply for an Australia ETA is AUD$20 payable online with credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, or JCB) when making the application. If your ETA is rejected for any reason, this service charge is non-refundable.
You need to be located outside Australia when making an ETA application. You need to provide your personal detail, contact detail and an email address to receive the letter of confirmation. If you are travelling with your family members staying in the same house, you might find it a bit cumbersome as you need to apply ETA for each of them, and need to repeatedly enter the same contact information (address, phone numbers, etc.) during each of the ETA applications.
I received the email confirmation almost instantly after making the online credit card payment.
For each of the ETA applications, you will be given a reference number, enabling you to check for the ETA status and expiry date in the same website.
Click here to go to the Australia ETA application and checking website.
Conditions apply to the Australia ETA:
- Working is not allowed.
- Taking short term study course is allowed, but you must not study for more than 3 months.
- You must be free from tuberculosis.
- You must not have any criminal convictions.