Anyone going on holiday to Australia needs a tourist visa. There are various visa for Australia which you can use as a tourist. This page tells you which type of visa Australia you should choose and how to submit your Australia visa application.
What type of tourist visa Australia do I need?
This depends on three things:
- The nationality according to your passport
- The length of stay in Australia
- The activities you wish to carry out in Australia
Most tourists (included UK citizens) use the eVisitor visa.
This is the cheapest visa for Australia and this type can easily be applied for online. It allows you to go on holiday to Australia for up to three months.
Apply for this tourist visa
The nationality according to your passport
Are you a national of a country in the following places: the UK, the European Union, or Switzerland? If so, you can apply for all the tourist variants listed on this page. Do you have another nationality? First check whether you can apply for an ETA Australia.
The desired length of stay in Australia
Do you want to stay in Australia for less than three consecutive months? Then you can apply for all the tourist visas listed on this page. Do you wish to stay longer? Then you cannot use the ETA or eVisitor.
The activities you wish to carry out in Australia
Is your trip solely for the purpose of tourism?
Then you can apply for all the types mentioned on this page, except for the Working Holiday visa and the Work And Holiday visa. Do you want to visit friends or family in Australia? This is also a tourist travel purpose, so you can apply for any visa described on this page.
Do you want to combine a holiday with a business trip?
The type of visa you can apply for depends on the type of work. Are you only carrying out work in Australia for an employer based outside Australia, in addition to your tourist activities? Then read more on the page about business trips to Australia.
Are you 30 years old or younger and would you like to earn some extra money during your holiday in Australia?
Read more about the Working Holiday and the Work And Holiday visa.
Would you like to do voluntary work during (part of) your holiday?
This is possible with an eVisitor visa under certain conditions. Read more about volunteering in Australia.
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Which tourist visas for Australia can I choose from?
Subclass 651: the eVisitor visa
Tourists with the nationality of a country in the European Union, the UK or Switzerland in most cases meet the requirements for the eVisitor visa. This tourist visa allows for an unlimited number of trips to Australia within the year validity of the visa. Therefore, it is referred to as a multiple entry visa. Each arrival date must be within one year from the date of approval of the visa. On each arrival in Australia, the visa is valid for a maximum stay of three consecutive months.
Applying for this visa costs £14.95 with this online form. This visa is also fit for business travellers who want to combine their holiday with business appointments in Australia. The application procedure is as follows:
- Fill in the online application form
- Pay the application costs of £14.95 with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal
- Receive the tourist visa by e-mail within in a few days
- Print the tourist visa and take it with you to Australia
Subclass 601: the ETA Australië
The ETA Australia can also be used as a tourist visa and has the same requirements and validity period as the eVisitor tourist visa. The only advantage of the ETA is that it is available to more nationalities. The disadvantage of the ETA is that the application procedure is more costly and complicated. The ETA is therefore only recommended for tourists who cannot apply for an eVisitor due to their nationality. Read more about the ETA Australia.
Subclass 600: the visitor visa
The general visitor visa (subclass 600) can also be used by tourists. With this variant you can stay in Australia for up to one year at a time. Exactly how long you can stay in the country depends on your personal situation; this is assessed on a case-by-case basis by the immigration authorities. The disadvantages of this visa type are the higher costs and longer processing time. The costs are AUD 265 per person, which translates to approximately £148,00. The processing of your application will take several weeks.
Subclass 417: the Working Holiday Visa
This tourist visa can only be applied for by travellers aged between 18 and 30 years of age. Working Holiday Visas are especially popular because they offer the possibility to stay in Australia for up to one year and also perform paid work under certain conditions. However, this is the most expensive tourist visa; the costs are AUD 485, equivalent to approximately £ 270,00 per person. Additionally, the application procedure is more complex and approval of the visa usually takes at least a few weeks. Read more about the Working Holiday Visa.
Subclass 462: the Work And Holiday Visa
The Work And Holiday tourist visa is very similar to the Working Holiday visa Australia. Which of the two you should apply for depends solely on your nationality. Read more about the Work And Holiday Visa.