The Australian eVisitor visa allows the citizens of 28 European member countries and 7 other non-member countries in the Schengen Area, including Belgium, to conveniently apply for the visa from the comfort of their home or office. The entire process takes a few minutes to complete and the Belgians can receive their eVisa via email once their application has been approved.
All non-Australian travellers interested in entering the country must obtain a visa prior to their arrival at an Australian port of entry. The Australian eVisitor visa has been introduced as a reciprocal measure to make travel easier for citizens of certain European countries and those of Australia.
The eVisitor visa can be used for a maximum consecutive stay of up to 90 days or 3 months and is valid for up to 12 months from the date of issuance. Belgians can also use the eVisitor visa for multiple entries into Australia as long as they have not exhausted their maximum length of stay in the country. The eVisitor visa is primarily for people interested in visiting the country for tourism or business and can be obtained far in advance of the intended visit to the country.
The Australian Government offers a variety of visa-types depending on the specific travel needs that people may have. Belgians are therefore encouraged to look through the different types of visa offered by the Australian Government and select the one that most appropriately fits their travel plans.
Do Belgian citizens need a visa for Australia?
Belgium is on the list of countries whose citizens are allowed to obtain an eVisitor visa to Australia online. In order to do so, Belgian citizens must ensure that they meet certain requirements set by the Australian Government for all foreigners applying for an Australian visa. These requirements include:
- Being free from any diseases or medical conditions that may pose a danger to the Australian public
- Must not incur substantial health care or community service costs whilst in Australia
- Must not need health care of community services that deprive Australian citizens and permanent residents of the same
- Must not be visiting Australia to harass, stalk or intimidate any member of the Australian community
- Must not be coming to sow discord or hatred between members of the Australian community
- Must not pose a danger to the Australian public
- Must not have a substantial criminal record
Travellers with significant health conditions or illnesses may be required to sign an Australian Health Undertaking in order to monitor their condition, illness or disease with a doctor in Australia while they visit the country.
Some applicants may be required to present official documents verifying their good character along with their application. These documents can include letters from the petitioner’s place of employment, security clearance certificate from the police, etc.
Apply for an Australian visa from Belgium
Once the applicant ensures that they meet all the necessary health and character requirements in order to travel to Australia, they can then proceed with the online Australian eVisitor visa application.
Belgians should note that before beginning the online visa application, they must have a valid passport, an email address, and valid debit/credit card information.
The online application form will ask them to enter some biographical information and passport details. The applicant will also need to provide a valid email address where updates and notifications regarding the application can be sent.
Applicants will be required to pay a fee associated with having their application processed and this payment can be made using valid debit/credit card information that can be submitted along with the application.
Applicants must ensure that they fill out the online application form with as much accuracy as possible. Any mismatches between the information provided on the online form and the visitor’s travel documents could result in the visa application being rejected.
How long does it take to get an Australia visa from Belgium?
After the applicant has submitted the online eVisa application, he/she can expect to receive their eVisitor visa via email within 3 business days. It can sometimes take longer than that depending on whether or not there is additional processing required on the application.
Once the request has been approved, the applicant will receive their eVisitor visa via email. Belgians should keep a soft copy of their eVisitor visa on their mobile phone/handheld device and take a printed copy of their eVisitor visa with them when they travel to Australia. It will need to be presented along with the visitor’s other travel documents to the Australian Border Force at the Australian port of entry.
Travellers must note that if they plan to arrive in Australia using an aircraft, they will be required to fill out an Incoming Passenger Card. This card can be used for customs and quarantine declarations as well as to declare cash above a certain amount. The Incoming Passenger Card card will ask the passenger to list the address at which they will be staying at while in Australia and any contacts they might have in the country.
Travellers must also be aware that they are not allowed to engage in any form of paid work while they are visiting Australia on an eVisitor visa. An exception is usually made strictly for unpaid volunteer work. Belgians must also make sure to update their information with the Australian Home Office if their email address or phone number change at any time while they are visiting the country. Furthermore, foreign citizens must plan to leave the country a few days before their eVisitor visa expires so as to avoid any issues with overstaying the visa.