Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)

Features

This visa lets you visit Australia:

  • to visit or for business visitor purposes
  • as many times as you want, for up to a year
  • and stay up to three months for each visit.​

If eligible to apply for online applications​, you will need to pay a service fee of AUD20.​​

Requirements

You might be able to get an Electronic Travel Authority if you are:

  • outside Australia
  • a passport holder of a certain country.
​Average processsing time for this visa is less than one day

About the Electronic Travel Authority

Only certain passport holders ​can apply for this visa online. You may need to use a travel agent to apply for this visa.

An ETA is an electronically stored authority for travel to Australia. You must be outside Australia when you apply and when the ETA is decided.

An ETA is linked electronically to your passport. It can be seen by staff at airlines, travel agencies and Australian border agencies.

What an Electronic Travel Authority lets you do

Your ETA lets you enter Australia for up to three months at a time as a tourist or for business visitor purposes.

Business visitor activities include:

  • making general business or employment enquiries
  • investigating, negotiating, signing or reviewing a business contract
  • activities carried out as part of an official government-to-government visit
  • participating in conferences, trade fairs or seminars, as long as you are not being paid by the organisers for your participation.

If you want to stay longer in Australia, you should apply another type of visa, such as a Visitor visa (subclass 600).

Before you apply

If you are granted an ETA, any other visa that you hold could be affected.

Current ETA holders

The Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) has replaced:

If you hold one of these ETAs, it will still be valid until the date you were given when it was granted.

If you are granted a new ETA, the earlier ETA will end and the new ETA will be valid as soon as it is granted.

Current holders of Working Holiday Maker visas

Working Holiday (subclass 417) and Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visas, which are known as Working Holiday Maker visas, can only be used once. If you are granted an ETA while you hold a Working Holiday Maker visa, you will hold both visas. When you enter Australia, you will automatically enter on your Working Holiday Maker visa and you will not be able to apply for another Working Holiday Maker visa.

To avoid accidentally using your Working Holiday Maker visa, you should:

  • ask us to cancel your Working Holiday Maker visa (you can apply for another one later)
  • apply for an ETA after you have confirmation that your Working Holiday Maker visa has been cancelled.

To have your Working Holiday (subclass 417) visa cancelled, contact us by using the:

To have your Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa cancelled, contact the immigration office outside Australia where your visa was processed. If you are applying as a US citizen, you can use the Working Holiday Maker application enquiry form.

Current holders of other visas

If you hold a Special Purpose visa or a Maritime Crew visa when you are granted an ETA, you will enter Australia on the ETA, but your visa will still be valid.

If you already hold any other substantive visa when you are granted an ETA:

  • if the other visa is still valid when you next enter Australia, you will enter on that visa, not the new ETA
  • if you enter and stay in Australia on the other visa for longer than three months, the ETA will end three months from the date that you entered Australia.

Your passport

If you plan to get a new passport you should do so before applying for your ETA. Your ETA is linked to the passport number you use in your application and you must use the same passport to travel to Australia.

Cost

There is no visa application charge for an ETA. However, a service charge of AUD20 applies for online applications only.

Electronic Travel Authority applicants

This information tells you what you need to do to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (subclass 601).

You must be outside Australia when you apply and when the ETA is granted.

Who could get this visa

You might be able to get this ETA if:

  • you are travelling to Australia as a tourist or for business visitor purposes
  • you hold an eligible passport.

Reason for stay

You can apply if you are travelling to Australia as a tourist or for business purposes.

Tourist activities include holidays, recreation or seeing family and friends.

Business visitor activities include:

  • making general business or employment enquiries
  • investigating, negotiating, signing or reviewing a business contract
  • activities carried out as part of an official government-to-government visit
  • participating in conferences, trade fairs or seminars, as long as you are not being paid by the organisers for your participation.

Business activities do not include short-term work. If you want to work in Australia, you can apply for a Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (Subclass 400).

Eligible passports

To apply, you must hold a passport issued by one of the countries or regions listed below. If you hold a non-citizen passport or other travel document, such as a Certificate of Identity, you are not eligible to apply for an ETA.

Eligible passports are issued by:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China)
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan*
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom—British Citizen
  • United Kingdom—British National (Overseas)
  • United States
  • Vatican City.

*must not purport to be an official or diplomatic passport

Health insurance

You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.

We recommend that you take out health insurance each time you travel to Australia.

Character requirements

If you have had any criminal convictions in any country, you should apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600), rather than an ETA. If you arrive on an ETA with criminal convictions, you could be refused entry to Australia.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

Including family in your application

Each family member travelling with you to Australia will need a separate ETA. This includes any children younger than 18 years of age who are included on your passport.

How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for an ETA.

You must be outside Australia when you apply and when your ETA is decided.

You should apply for your ETA at least two weeks before you travel. You will not receive a stamp or label in your passport. You will be provided with a confirmation for your records.

Lodge your application online

You can apply for this ETA online at Electronic Travel Authority if you hold a citizen passport from:

  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China)
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • United States.

When you lodge your application, we will give you a Transaction Reference Number (TRN). Keep a record of this so you can follow the progress of your application.

You will need your passport, an email address and a credit card to pay the service charge when you apply.

Lodge your application in person

If you hold an eligible citizen passport but cannot lodge your application online, you can apply:

European passport holders also have the option of applying online for an eVisitor visa (subclass 651), rather than an ETA.

More information

There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.

After you have applied

In most cases, you will be informed of the result of your application immediately. Some applications can need extra processing.

If your ETA is approved, you will be given a confirmation for your records.

Wait for a decision

Do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised that you have been granted an ETA.

Contact information

Outside Australia

If you need help, contact the processing office that looks after your application. This is based on your passport country.

Processing office Passport country
Athens Greece
Berlin Germany
Denmark
Finland
Iceland
Italy
Liechtenstein
Malta
Norway
Portugal
San Marino
Sweden
Switzerland
The Netherlands
Vatican City
Hong Kong Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR)
Taiwan
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Brunei
London United Kingdom (UK)
Ireland
Madrid Spain
Andorra
Ottawa Canada
Belgium
France
Luxembourg
Metropolitan Monaco
The Caribbean
United States of America (USA)
Seoul South Korea
Singapore Singapore
Tokyo Japan
Vienna Austria

In Australia

If you are in Australia, contact your nearest immigration office​.

Electronic Travel Authority holders

This information is for people who hold an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (subclass 601). It explains your rights and obligations.

You will not be given a stamp or label in your passport to show that you have been granted an ETA. A record of your ETA is stored electronically. Airline, immigration and travel agent staff can access this information to confirm that you can enter Australia.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

How long your Electronic Travel Authority lasts

Your ETA is valid for 12 months. You can enter and stay in Australia for up to three months at a time. If you want to stay in Australia for longer periods, you can apply for another visa, such as a Visitor visa (subclass 600).

If your passport expires before your ETA, you will need to reapply.

What an Electronic Travel Authority lets you do

Your ETA lets you enter Australia for up to three months at a time as a tourist or for business visitor purposes.

Business visitor activities include:

  • making general business or employment enquiries
  • investigating, negotiating, signing or reviewing a business contract
  • activities carried out as part of an official government-to-government visit
  • participating in conferences, trade fairs or seminars, as long as you are not being paid by the organisers for your participation.

Your obligations

You must comply with all ETA conditions and Australian laws. You cannot stay in Australia for longer than three months on each visit.

You cannot study for more than three months.

You cannot work while you are in Australia, other than for:

  • making general business or employment enquiries
  • investigating, negotiating, signing or reviewing a business contract
  • activities carried out as part of an official government-to-government visit
  • participating in conferences, trade fairs or seminars, as long as you are not being paid by the organisers for your participation.

Contact information

If you need help, contact the processing office that looks after your application. This is based on your passport country.

Processing office Passport country
Athens Greece
Berlin Germany
Denmark
Finland
Iceland
Italy
Liechtenstein
Malta
Norway
Portugal
San Marino
Sweden
Switzerland
The Netherlands
Vatican City
Hong Kong Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR)
Taiwan
Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
Brunei
London United Kingdom (UK)
Ireland
Madrid Spain
Andorra
Ottawa Canada
Belgium
France
Luxembourg
Metropolitan Monaco
The Caribbean
United States of America (USA)
Seoul South Korea
Singapore Singapore
Tokyo Japan
Vienna Austria

In Australia

If you are in Australia, contact your nearest immigration office​.

Estimate the cost of your visa

* Price will be displayed in Australian dollars unless changed.
The Visa Pricing Estimator requires you to answer the questions as accurately as possible to provide you with an estimate for lodging a visa application. The estimator does not include the second instalment of the visa application charge which is payable for some visas. Please note this is an estimate for a visa application, if you have already lodged your application and you want to change/add applicants please refer to the Visa Pricing Table. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection Visa Pricing Estimator will give you an estimate of the charges you may need to pay to lodge a visa application. This is paid after you have made your application but before the visa can be granted. Read the department's full disclaimer. The Commonwealth of Australia does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any material in the Visa Pricing Estimator.

Last reviewed Tuesday 11 February 2014

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