The Australian Government allows citizens of 28 European Union member states and 7 other European countries in the Schengen Area, including Austria, to apply for an eVisitor visa to Australia. This is a reciprocal measure introduced to make it easier for people from Australia to travel to European countries and vice versa.
Do Austrian passport holders need a visa for Australia?
All non-Australian visitors are required to obtain an Australian visa prior to their arrival in the country. Austrian citizens can obtain an eVisitor visa to Australia if they plan to visit the country for business or tourism.
The Australian Government offers different types of visa depending on the traveller’s specific reasons for reaching the country. Therefore, foreign nationals are encouraged to look through the list of visa types for Australia and select the one that best suits their needs.
The Australian eVisitor visa can be obtained relatively easily as it does not require a visit to a local Australian embassy or consulate. Travellers can apply for the eVisitor visa from the comfort of their home or office and receive their visa via email within a matter of days.
The eVisitor visa can be used by eligible foreigners to travel to and within Australia. It allows its holder a maximum stay of up to 90 consecutive days or a total of 3 months in Australia and is valid for 12 months from the date of issuance. Visitors can also use the eVisitor visa for multiple entries into Australia provided they have not exhausted their maximum length of stay in the country.
What documents do Austrian citizens need for an Australian visa?
The Australian Government requires that all foreigners travelling to the country meet certain criteria with regards to their overall health and general character. These requirements include:
- Being free of any health conditions or illnesses that may pose a risk to public health
- Must not incur substantial healthcare or community service costs while in Australia
- Must not need health care or community services that deprive Australians and permanent residents of the same
- Must not be travelling to Australia with the intent to harass, stalk or intimidate someone
- Must not pose a danger to any member of the Australian community
- Must not be entering the country to sow hatred or discord among members of the Australian community
- Must not have a serious criminal record
Austrians suffering from serious health conditions or diseases may be required to sign an Australian Health Undertaking to monitor their condition/disease with an Australian doctor while visiting the country. In some cases, travellers may be asked to submit documents verifying their good character. These documents can be in the form of an official letter from the applicant’s place of employment, a police clearance certificate etc.
In addition to the above requirements, petitioners will need to have a valid passport, email address, and debit/credit card information in order to successfully apply for and obtain their Australian eVisitor visa.
Australian visa application form for Austrian citizens
Once the petitioner has ascertained that they fulfil all the necessary requirements for applying for an Australian eVisitor visa, they can then proceed with the online application.
The applicant will be asked to provide some personal details such as name, date of birth, gender as well as some passport information such as passport number, date of expiration etc. The petitioner will also need to provide a valid email address where the eVisitor visa will be sent once the application has been approved.
Since there is a processing fee associated with applying for the eVisitor visa online, the applicant will need to provide valid credit/debit card information in order to complete the application process.
It is important for travellers to ensure that they provide accurate information while filling out the online application form, ensuring that the information given on the form matches that shown on the applicant’s travel documents. Failure to do so or providing false information can lead to negative consequences for the applicant, including having their visa application rejected.
Once the application has been submitted, the applicant will have to wait for up to 3 business days before receiving their eVisitor visa via email. In some cases, he/she might have to wait longer if there is any additional processing required on the application.
Once the eVisitor visa (subclass 651) has been granted, the applicant will need to keep a soft copy of the eVisitor visa on their mobile phone/handheld device. They will also need to take a printed copy with them to the airport when they travel as it will need to be presented to the Australian Border Force along with the applicant’s other travel documents at the Australian port of entry.
Austrians should note that if they plan to use air travel to arrive in Australia, they will be asked to fill out an Incoming Passenger Card or IPC. This card allows passengers to make customs and quarantine declarations and also declare any cash they are bringing into the country above a certain amount. This card will ask the traveller to list the address at which they will be staying while in Australia. Holidaymakers will also be asked to list any contacts they might have in Australia.
Travellers should be advised that they are not allowed to engage in any paid work while visiting Australia on an eVisitor visa. However, exceptions can be made strictly for unpaid volunteer work.
In the event that the visitor’s contact information changes while he/she is within Australia, the eVisitor visa holder is required to update the information with the Australian Home Office immediately. Austrian nationals should also plan their departure from Australia a few days before their eVisitor visa expires in order to avoid any issues with overstaying their visa.