One of the many questions that came up before my recent Bucket List Trip to Australia was Do I need a Visa to go to Australia?
If you are from the United States, the answer is yes, you need a visa to go to Australia. The visa you need is called an “ETA” or Electronic Travel Authority.
Lots of questions come up when you are visiting a country you’ve never been to before. Luckily, it’s a fairly simple process and your visa is usually granted immediately unless there is some issue with the documentation you submit.
Here are the basics
- Each person needs their own visa.
- Your visa is good for 12 months
- You can stay for up to 3 months at a time
- You cannot get a job while you are there on a general visa entry
do i need to use an agency to get my visa to go to Australia?
An agency normally charges $49 to “process” your visa. The short answer to this question is no. There is really no reason at all to use an agency to do this (especially since I walk you through it step by step here!)
It takes 3-5 minutes to do it yourself, they only charge you $20 Australian (so about $15 US) and that includes the credit card fee, as well.
Here is the link to apply directly for your visa to go to Australia: Apply for your Australian Visa here
Do I need any vaccinations before I go to Australia?
At this time, the answer is no, you don’t need any vaccinations to enter Australia.
For the most up to date U.S. Citizen Requirements to enter Australia, visit the U.S. State Department website here. This includes any travel advisories, passport and vaccination requirements and declaration must knows.
If you are going to other countries besides Australia, it’s always a good idea to check this site so you are prepped with all of the most up to date information. Click Here to go to the site for U.S. citizens travelling out of the country and click on “Find International Travel Information”. Then just do a search for the country you plan to visit.
what else do i need to know about getting a visa to go to Australia?
- You have to apply for your visa BEFORE you travel to Australia.
- You must enter your name exactly as it is on your passport
- If you are a U.S. Citizen your issuing authority is the US Department of State
- The Country Code for the US is “1”
What if i want to earn money while I’m in Australia?
If you want to be able to get a job and work while in Australia, you will need to apply for a work visa. If you are the age of 30 or younger, you are eligible for an amazing program called the working holiday visa. It allows you to work in Australia for a full year. It is a fairly simply application process and quick approval as well.
The premise of this visa is that you will be working and travelling around the country. So you can only be employed at a company for a maximum of 6 months and then you will have to find a different job for another 6 months if the plan is to stay there for a full year. You can read all about the requirements and details by clicking here.
If you are over the age of 30, it is a little more difficult to acquire a work visa. More difficult but not impossible. It takes longer and there are definitely more hoops to jump through.
There are several types of visas and it just depends on what you want to do and how long you want to stay as to which visa you choose. Here is the link to the Australian site that shows each visa in detail.
Check out the video I made below if you want a walk through tutorial on what the site looks like and how to apply for a visa in Australia! 👇 👇 👇
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