eVisitor (subclass 651)

Features

This visa lets you visit Australia:

  • to visit or for business visitor purposes
  • for up to three months at a time within a 12-month period.​
​​​​​​This is a free visa.​

Requirements

You might be able to get an eVisitor if you are:

About eVisitor

Issue with residential address details in the eVisitor(subclass 651) application form

We are aware of an issue that is currently impacting some clients applying for an eVisitor

If you select ‘England’ as the ‘Country of residence’ in the ‘Personal details’ page then the ‘Province’ drop-down list in the ‘Residential address’ page only allows you to select from three provinces.

If you are a resident of England, select the ‘United Kingdom’ as your ‘Country of residence’ in the ‘Personal details’ page. This will allow you to then select from the complete ‘Province’ list in the ‘Residential address’ page.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

You must hold a passport from an eligible country to apply for this visa.

You must be outside Australia when you lodge your application for an eVisitor. You do not need to visit an immigration office and you will not receive a stamp or label in your passport. However, you will be given a confirmation for your records.

An eVisitor is an electronically stored authority for travel to Australia. eVisitor can be accessed by airlines, travel agents and Australian border agencies.

What the eVisitor lets you do

Your eVisitor lets you:

  • enter Australia for up to three months during each visit during the 12 months from the date the eVisitor is granted
  • have a holiday or visit family and friends in Australia
  • study in Australia for up to three months in some circumstances
  • engage in business visitor activities while in Australia provided you:
    • do not work for or provide services to, a business or organisation
    • do not sell goods or services to the public.

 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 you participation.

Volunteer work tourism schemes

In general, an eVisitor does not allow you to work in Australia. However, you might be able to work as a volunteer if:

  • your main purpose in visiting Australia is tourism and the voluntary work is incidental to tourism
  • the work is genuinely voluntary and you are not paid for it, other than for meals, accommodation or out of pocket living expenses
  • the work would not otherwise be done in return for wages by an Australian resident

Before you apply

Your passport

Your eVisitor is linked to the passport number you use in your application, and you should use the same passport to travel to Australia.

If you get a new passport, you should advise us of the new passport details before you travel to Australia. Otherwise, you will be delayed at the airport and might be denied permission to board your plane.

You might be able to update your passport details using ImmiAccount.

If you get a new passport while you are in Australia, you do not need to apply for another eVisitor as long as the one you have is still valid. If you leave Australia while your eVisitor is still valid, you can travel on your new passport but you should keep your old passport with you, as your eVisitor is attached to that passport.

If you already hold another eVisitor

If you already have an eVisitor and apply for another one, if the new eVisitor is granted it will:

  • be valid as soon as it is granted
  • replace your existing eVisitor.

If you already hold another visa

If you already hold another visa and are then granted an eVisitor, the eVisitor could:

  • be valid as soon as it is granted
  • replace your existing visa.

The eVisitor may be less beneficial than your current visa. If you already hold a visa, you should contact your nearest immigration office outside Australia before lodging an eVisitor application.

Cost

There is no charge for an eVisitor application.

eVisitor applicants

This information tells you what you need to do to apply for an eVisitor.

Who could get this visa

You may be eligible for an eVisitor if you:

  • intend to visit Australia only temporarily and for tourism or business visitor purposes
  • are outside Australia
  • hold an eVisitor-eligible passport
  • are free of tuberculosis when you enter Australia
  • have not been convicted of an offence or offences for which the total sentence is more than 12 months (whether or not the sentence has been served).

eVisitor-eligible passports

eVisitor-eligible passports are citizen passports issued by the following countries:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom – British Citizen
  • Vatican City.

You are not eligible to apply for the eVisitor if your only passport is a British National Overseas, British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person or British Subject passport.

Criminal convictions

If you have had one or more criminal convictions (in any country) for which the sentence or sentences (whether served or not) total 12 months or more you will not be permitted entry to Australia whilst holding an eVisitor. If you have had any criminal conviction in any country, a more appropriate visa for you to apply for may be a Visitor visa (subclass 600), rather than an eVisitor.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. You might not be able to enter Australia if you have active tuberculosis.

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.

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.

Biometrics

You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.

Including family in your application

You need a separate eVisitor for each family member travelling with you to Australia, including those who are younger than 18 years of age and are included on your passport.

How to apply for an eVisitor

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

You should apply for your eVisitor at least two weeks before your proposed date of travel.

Apply online

Apply online using the:

You must complete the application form for each person travelling to Australia, including children.

If you do not receive an email from us within 12 hours of lodging your application, login to your ImmiAccount to check the status of the application.

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 for an eVisitor

After you lodge your application, we will let you know that we have received your information.

You can track and manage your application using ImmiAccount.

Wait for a decision

Most eVisitor applications are granted quickly, but some will take longer. We have a service standard of 2–10 working days for finalisation.

If your eVisitor is approved

If your application is approved, we will send a notification of grant by email. Keep a copy with you when you travel to Australia, as it provides:

  • your eVisitor grant number
  • the date your eVisitor starts
  • the eVisitor conditions.

No label will be placed in your passport. When you check in to fly to Australia, the airline staff will electronically confirm your passport and eVisitor details.

If your eVisitor is not approved

If your eVisitor is not approved, we will send you an email about the decision.

eVisitor holders

This information is for people who have already been granted an eVisitor. It explains your rights and obligations.

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

How long your eVisitor lasts

You can stay in Australia for up to three months on each visit within 12 months from the date your eVisitor is granted.

An eVisitor cannot be extended. If you want to extend your stay after arriving in Australia, you should apply for another visa before your eVisitor ends. Another visa can be granted if you:

  • have complied with the conditions of your eVisitor
  • meet all the requirements of the visa that you are applying for.

If you apply for a different type of visa, you might need to have a health examination. If you are granted a different visa, it will replace your eVisitor and its entitlements.

If a decision has not been made on your visa application before your eVisitor ends, you might be granted a Bridging visa until your visa application has been decided.

If your visa application is refused, you must leave Australia before your eVisitor or your Bridging visa ends.

What the eVisitor lets you do

Your eVisitor lets you:

  • enter Australia for up to three months during each visit during the 12 months from the date the eVisitor is granted
  • have a holiday or visit family and friends in Australia
  • study in Australia for up to three months in some circumstances
  • engage in business visitor activities while in Australia provided you:
    • do not work for or provide services to, a business or organisation
    • do not sell goods or services to the public.

 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 you participation.

Volunteer work tourism schemes

In general, an eVisitor does not allow you to work in Australia. However, you might be able to work as a volunteer if:

  • your main purpose in visiting Australia is tourism and the voluntary work is incidental to tourism
  • the work is genuinely voluntary and you are not paid for it, other than for meals, accommodation or out of pocket living expenses
  • the work would not otherwise be done in return for wages by an Australian resident

Your obligations

You must comply with all eVisitor conditions and Australian laws while you are in Australia. You cannot study or do any training for longer than three months.

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 Thursday 2 October 2014