What is an ETA?

What is an ETA?

Visiting Australia?

You might need an ETA first.
 
An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is an authorisation for entry to Australia available to select passport holders. It was first introduced in 1996, to eliminate the need for some people to apply for full visas. 

An ETA, as its name suggests, is not a printable document but an electronic permit linked to a citizen’s valid biometric passport. Hence, a traveller only needs to show his passport to the immigration officer or the airline/airport officer upon obtaining an ETA from the Australian government.
 
The Australian ETA is available to the citizens from:

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
 
Still unsure if an ETA is right for you? Visit the Travel ETA site for more information.
 

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