Visa For Australia
Who is eVisitor for?
An eVisitor is designed for people who are outside Australia and want to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes.
Tourism includes holidays, recreation and seeing family and/or friends.
Business purposes may include attending a conference, negotiation or exploratory business visit.
People who intend to visit for medical treatment or to transit through Australia, should not apply for an eVisitor online.
To be eligible to apply for an eVisitor, you must:
- be outside Australia
- hold a current UK passport.
eVisitor applications invoke a service charge of £12.50 plus VAT payable to Best Deal For You Ltd.
You can stay in Australia for up to three months on each visit within a 12 month period from the date of grant.
An eVisitor is an electronically stored authority for travel to Australia. You can apply for an eVisitor online and do not need to visit a departmental office. You will not receive a stamp or label in your passport, however you will be provided with a confirmation email for your records.
An eVisitor will generally cancel (or cease) any other visa held and come into effect as soon as it is granted. You should contact your nearest Australian visa office before lodging an eVisitor application if you have questions about how an eVisitor visa would affect your existing visa.
Your eVisitor is linked to the passport number you use in your application and you must use the same passport to travel to Australia.
If you obtain a new passport, you must advise the department of the new passport details before you travel to Australia. Otherwise, you will experience significant delays at the airport and could be denied permission to board your plane.
A separate eVisitor is required for each family member travelling with you to Australia, including those who are under 18 years of age and are included on your passport.
You must comply with your eVisitor conditions while in Australia. A breach of these conditions may result in your eVisitor being cancelled and you may have to leave Australia.
- You must not engage in any studies or training for more than three months.
- You must be free from tuberculosis at the time of travel to, and entry into, Australia.
- You must not have any criminal convictions, for which the sentence or sentences are for a total period of 12 months duration or more (whether served or not), at the time of travel to, and entry into, Australia.
If any of the above conditions apply to you we suggest you contact your nearest Australian visa office before lodging an eVisitor application.
If you apply for an eVisitor for business purposes, you must not:
work in Australia except in strictly limited circumstances, for example if the work is highly specialised and non ongoing
undertake work in Australia that can be done by an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
If you apply for an eVisitor for tourist purposes:
You must not work whilst in Australia. Limited volunteer work may be acceptable.
In general terms, you may be able to work as a volunteer whilst on an eVisitor if:
- your main purpose in visiting Australia is tourism, and any voluntary work remains incidental to tourism
- the work involved would not otherwise be undertaken, in return for wages, by an Australian resident
- the work is genuinely voluntary and no remuneration is received in return for the activities.
Note: It is acceptable, under the conditions of an eVisitor, to receive meals, accommodation and/ or reimbursement of out-of-pocket living expenses in return for voluntary work.
If you have had any criminal convictions in any country, you may want to consider applying for a Tourist visa (subclass 676), rather than an eVisitor. If arriving on an eVisitor with criminal convictions, you could be refused entry into Australia.
It is recommended that you take out health and/or travel insurance for yourself and your family members each time you travel to Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme, unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia. Reciprocal medical arrangements exist with some countries.
An eVisitor cannot be:
- granted while the holder is in Australia
- extended to allow a longer stay period in Australia.
If you intend to extend your stay after arriving in Australia, you should allow at least two weeks before your eVisitor expires to apply for a different type of visa. A visa may be granted if you:
- have complied with the conditions of your eVisitor
- meet all the eligibility criteria for the grant of the visa for which you are applying.
If you apply for a further visa to remain in Australia, you may be required to undergo a health examination.
- If you are granted a different visa, it will cease your eVisitor and its entitlements.
- If a decision has not been made on your application before your eVisitor expires, you will be able to remain lawfully in Australia until the visa application is finalised.
- If your visa application is refused, and you have not appealed this decision, you must depart Australia before the expiry date of your authorised stay period.