August 13, 2022


Travelling Tomorrow

Getting an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for Australia

An ETA is an electronic travel authorization issued by the Australian government. To be able to obtain it, you must be a citizen of one of the countries appearing on the visa waiver list. It includes, inter alia, the UK, the USA, Japan, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy and Norway. Travelers can only reapply for an Australia ETA once the previously authorization has expired.

Applying for a Tourist ETA or a Business ETA

The electronic authorization issued by the Australian authority only concerns travelers wishing to go to Australia for a short period of time, whether for a tourist or business stay. You can apply for a tourist ETA if, obviously, you are planning a tourism trip in the country. By tourist trip we mean annual leave or vacation as well as family or friendly visits. The electronic travel document is valid for a year, for multiple stays of less than 3 months. You can learn more about the Australia ETA application on

You must get a business ETA for a professional travel that will not last more than 90 days. The business trip must consist of attending a meeting, participating in business negotiations or prospecting. This category of Australia ETA is also valid for a year, and each stay must not exceed 3 months. If you wish to get a specific work visa for your trip to Australia, you will need to apply for a short-term temporary work visa. Travelers aged 75 and over may be denied their ETA application. In this case, they should apply for a traditional visitor visa.

How to Get an Australia ETA?

You can go to the Australian government’s official website to get information about the electronic travel authorization and all the conditions to be met. There are also other websites that propose travelers to assist them with all the administrative steps linked to the ETA application. In any case, the electronic travel document is generally issued immediately. At worst, some applicants receive the response within 72 hours. As it is an online procedure, you can apply for your ETA 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

On the other hand, it is recommended to fill and submit the Australia ETA application form at least 3 days before your departure. Thus, if the request is rejected (which very seldom happens when all the conditions are respected) you can renew it or go to the Australian Embassy to request a tourist visa.