Since 2008, with the introduction of the online eVisitor visa, travelling to Australia has become easier for most European citizens. This faster and more straightforward process was introduced with the purpose of streamlining the visa application process for nationals of 28 European Union member states and 7 other European countries in the Schengen Area.
In addition to this eVisitor visa subclass 651, citizens of 9 other countries in the world can apply for an ETA subclass 601 visa.
Both these types of visas allow travellers to apply entirely online, eliminating the need to queue at the consulate or embassy and fill out paper applications.
Currently, only citizens of New Zealand can travel to Australia without a visa, being granted an electronic Special Category visa (SCV) on arrival. Visitors from all other countries in the world need to possess a valid visa to travel to Australia. Those who cannot apply for an online visa will still need to go personally to a consulate or embassy and apply for an Australia visa.
Do Croatian passport holders need a visa for Australia?
Yes, Croatian passport holders need a valid visa to travel to Australia, the same as most other European citizens. Croatian citizens are eligible to apply online for the eVisitor visa subclass 651.
The eVisitor allows short travel to Australia for either business or tourism. The visa is granted for one year and it allows multiple entries, for a maximum of 90 days for each stay. Entry to the country is allowed via sea or air.
When travelling to Australia with an eVisitor, paid work is not allowed. It is, however, possible to engage in other business-related activities such as general business inquiries, negotiating or reviewing a business contract, or attending seminars or conferences, as long as attendance is not paid. Travellers can also conduct unpaid volunteer work or studies as long as these don’t constitute the main purpose of their trip.
The eVisitor is valid from the date it is granted and it expires after one year or when the passport expires, whichever comes first. The visa will be digitally linked to the passport so travellers will not get a stamp in their passport.
It is important to note that citizens who have more than one passport should travel on the same one they used to fill out the application.
What documents do Croatian citizens need for an Australian visa?
To obtain their Australian visa from Croatia, travellers will need to have a passport valid for at least three months from the date of arrival in Australia and a credit or debit card to complete the online payment.
At the moment of the application, they will need to provide the following credit/debit card details: type of card, cardholder name, card number, expiration date, CVV security code.
In addition to this, there are specific visa requirements that have to be met when applying for an Australian eVisitor:
- Travellers must be outside Australia when applying for a visa and before receiving it
- Specific health requirements must be met: travellers should be free from any disease or condition that could lead to significant healthcare and community service cost to the Australian community or likely limit access to Australian citizens and permanent residents to healthcare and community services
- Travellers must ensure they (or any family members) don’t have any debts to the Australian Government
- Travellers must have enough money to support themselves while in Australia and to leave the country at the end of their stay
- Character requirements must be fulfilled, meaning not having any substantial criminal record
- Having health insurance is recommended to cover any unforeseen medical treatment while in Australia
Australia visa application form for citizens of Croatia
Applying for an Australian visa for Croatian citizens is a simple and fast process, with visas usually being approved within 24 hours or sooner.
The following information will be required at the moment of the online application:
- Country of citizenship
- Family name
- First/given names
- Date of birth
- Country of birth
- Phone number
- Passport number
- Country of passport
- Date of issue and of expiry
Travellers should be aware that the process might take longer or their visa might be rejected if the information provided is not accurate or incomplete. Therefore, it is always recommended to double-check the information before submitting the application.
Finally, applicants will need to provide a valid email address where all communications regarding the status of their visa will be sent. In most cases, they will receive an email within 24 hours with the confirmation that the visa has been granted.
In some cases, visa applications may require further assessment. In these situations, it is possible to check the status of the application by logging back into the online system and selecting the Check an eVisitor option. In other cases, due to inaccurate or incomplete information, a new application must be submitted.