Australia Visa Requirements for Canadian Citizens

Canadians traveling to Australia are eligible to apply for an ETA visa online. Before making any travel arrangements, it is important to review the requirements set by the Australian Home Office upon which visas are granted to persons seeking to travel to Australia.

The criteria is as follows:

  • All individuals applying for a visa must have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months upon arrival in Australia
  • They must be free of any diseases or conditions that may become a public health threat in Australia
  • They must not need costly health care or community services
  • They must not use health care or community services at the expense of Australians and permanent residents who require the same
  • They must not have a criminal record and must not have served a cumulative jail time of 12 months or more
  • They must have good character that can be supported by documents from the police, military or their employer

In certain cases, in order to determine whether or not an individual fulfills the health requirements needed for entry, he/she may be required to go through a medical examination. Individuals suffering from certain significant illnesses may also need to sign an Australian Health undertaking to monitor their progress with a doctor in Australia.

If there is a perceived risk that an individual might engage in criminal activity whilst in Australia, his/her visa will be denied by the Home Office.

Do I Need a Visa to Australia from Canada?

Canadians traveling to Australia need to apply and obtain an electronic travel authorization or ETA. This can be done online through the Australian ETA website. The ETA is primarily for people traveling as tourists or for business purposes to Australia. If you are intending to travel for other reasons, you can explore the different types of visas offered by the Australian Home Office.

The ETA visa is valid for multiple entries to Australia. It can have a validity of 3, 6 or 12 months.

How Long Does it Take Canadians to Get an Australian ETA Visa?

Once you apply for your ETA visa online, it may take up to 3 days for you to be granted your visa. It can take longer depending upon if there is any additional processing needed or if you are required to submit a new application or other documents supporting your eligibility to apply for the visa. As explained above, you might be required to go through a medical examination as well to determine whether or not you fit the health criteria.

How Do I Apply for an Australian Visa from Canada

Applying for an ETA visa online can be done through the Australian ETA visa website. When you go to the main page, there will be a green button towards the center of the page which says, ‘Australian Visa Application’. When you click on that, it will take you to a page where you will have to enter some biographical information as well as your passport details. It is really important that you enter the information as accurately as possible; because any discrepancy between the information you provide and that shown on your passport will result in your application being rejected. You may even be turned away at the airport if that is the case.

After you are done entering your personal information and passport details, you will then be asked to enter a valid email address and phone number. You will also need to provide valid credit/debit card information in order to have your application processed.

Your ETA will be sent to you via email once your application has been approved. You will need to keep an electronic copy of your ETA on your phone or handheld device and bring a print-out with you to the Australian border/airport.

If you are flying into Australia, you will be asked to fill out an Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) onboard the airplane, which asks you about; your travel plans, contacts in Australia, the address you will be staying at, and any customs or quarantine declarations among other things.

Once you are cleared by the Australian Border Force, your ETA will be attached to your passport and this will allow you to travel to and within Australia.

Please note that you will have to notify the Australian Home Office in the event your phone number or email address changes. Additionally, working while visiting Australia on an ETA is strictly prohibited.