Australia is one of the most popular countries for tourism thanks to its 37,000 km coastline of beaches, lively cities, and unique nature. Thanks to this, more than 9 million tourists visited Australia last year. The most popular destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, the beautiful beaches of Whitsunday Islands, and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, which is famed for the sacred Ayers Rock. No matter which place travelers plan to visit, they are bound to enjoy all that Australia has to offer.
For those who wish to visit Australia, there is now an easy and simplified procedure to obtain the Australian visa for Cypriot citizens. In fact, travelers from Cyprus can easily apply for an electronic visa, thus avoiding the need to visit an embassy in-person, filling out a mountain of paperwork, or having to schedule an interview with an immigration officer.
Do Cypriot citizens need a visa for Australia?
Yes. All citizens of Cyprus will need to hold a valid visa before they can enter Australia. The Australian eVisitor for Cypriot citizens, as it is commonly called, is valid for short stays for the purposes of tourism or business.
The Australian eVisitor visa is a multiple-entry visa that is valid for 1 year from the date of issue (or until the traveler’s passport expires — whichever comes first). Travelers can enter Australia via air or sea ports with their eVisa and stay for a maximum of 3 months at a time.
Please note that there are a handful of restrictions when traveling on an eVisitor visa to Australia. Paid work (employment) is not permitted with this type of visa, although travelers can still conduct business-related activities such as general business inquiries, negotiating a business contract, or attending business-related conferences (although they must not paid to do so). Travelers are also able to do unpaid work (volunteering) and conduct studies as long as these are not the main purposes of their trip.
In order for travelers to apply for their Australian eVisitor visa, they must first check off all of the Australian visa requirements for Cypriot citizens. These include the following:
- The Cyprus-issued passport must be valid for at least 3 months from the intended date of entry in Australia
- The applicant must be outside of Australia when applying for their visa
- The traveler should also be in good health. This includes free from any disease or condition that could lead to significant cost to the Australian community. Due to this, we encourage travelers to buy health insurance before they leave for Australia.
- Travelers must ensure that they, or their relatives, do not have any outstanding debts to the Australian government
- Travelers must have enough money to support themselves fully while traveling through Australia. The traveler must also have enough funds to leave the country at the end of their stay (i.e. to buy an onward ticket).
- Travelers must not have any substantial criminal record. If the applicant has a criminal record, he or she may still be able to enter Australia if they meet certain guidelines and procedures.
How long does it take to get a visa for Australia from Cyprus?
The average processing time of an Australian visa from Cyprus is about 24 hours, but in many cases it is much faster. In rare cases it may take longer.
When applying for an Australian visa, we advise all applicants to go through the completed application and double check to make sure that the information written is accurate. If there are inconsistencies or errors in the application, it may lead to delays or even a rejection of the Australian eVisitor visa.
How do I apply for an Australian visa from Cyprus?
The first step of obtaining the Australian visa for citizens from Cyprus is to begin an online application.
This online application will ask a few questions about the applicant and takes most people less than 30 minutes to complete. The application will ask personal questions, such as the traveler’s full name (first name and surname), date of birth, and nationality. It will also ask for the traveler’s contact information (email and current address) and passport information (passport number and expiration date).
Afterwards, applicants will need to pay the processing fee with a valid form of payment (such as a credit card or debit card) in order to submit the application for consideration.