French nationals are among the citizens of the 35 European countries who are allowed to apply for an eVisitor visa to Australia. However, there are some visa requirements that the Australian Home Office has set, governing the granting of visas to foreigners. All non-Australian citizens, except for New Zealand passport holders, must meet these requirements in order to qualify for an Australian visa.
All foreigners applying for a visa to Australia:
- Must have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months from the date they arrive in Australia
- Must not have a disease or condition that will be costly to treat
- Must not have a criminal record or have served jail-time equivalent to a period of 1 year
- Must not be travelling to Australia with the intent to intimidate, harass, or endanger any member of the Australian population
- Must have a good character that can be demonstrated using official documents from the police or place of employment should the need arise
In rare cases, some visa applicants may be required to undergo a medical exam or provide a health certificate to ensure their compliance with the health requirements for obtaining an Australian visa. Individuals suffering from certain illnesses or conditions may have to sign an Australian health undertaking to have their illness or condition monitored by an Australian doctor whilst they are visiting the country.
Do French passport holders need a visa for Australia?
Unless they are a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, all foreigners will need to acquire a visa prior to entering Australia. French citizens travelling to Australia as tourists or for business purposes can apply for an eVisitor visa to Australia.
The eVisitor visa is a relatively simple way of getting travel authorisation and allows French nationals multiple entries into Australia. The eVisitor visa is valid for 90 consecutive days per single entry with a total validity of 12 months.
What documents do I need for an Australian eVisitor visa?
To apply for an Australian eVisitor visa, French visitors will need to have:
- A valid passport
- An email address
- A phone number
- Debit/credit card information
When applying for an eVisitor, it is important to remember to enter the information exactly as it appears on the passport; otherwise, the traveller risks having their application denied.
An approved visa does not guarantee entry into Australia. It is crucial to travel on the same passport that was used to apply for the visa.
Australian eVisitor visa application for French citizens
To start the application process, travellers will need to access the Australian Online Visa system where they will be asked to enter biographical and passport information. Applicants will also have to enter a valid email address and credit/debit card information as there is a visa fee to have the information processed.
It can take up to 2 days to receive the granted permit after submitting the visa application. It can take longer in case more information or documents are needed.
Once the application is approved, the petitioner will receive their visa via email. Visitors should keep an electronic copy of their permit on hand and get a print-out to take with them to the airport. French citizens will have to show this to the Australian Border Force along with their passport.
Once they are cleared by customs, the eVisitor visa will be attached to their passport and this will allow them to enter Australia for the given time-frame.
Before they land in Australia, foreigners will also be asked to fill out an Incoming Passenger Card or IPC which asks passengers to list any customs or quarantine declarations they may need to make. It also allows them to declare any cash they are bringing in above a certain amount. Finally, it requires them to list the address they are going to be staying at in Australia and any contacts they might have in the country.
Please note that eVisitor visa holders are not allowed to take up paid work while in Australia. However, an exception is made for unpaid volunteer work. If at any time while in Australia the visitor’s phone number or email address change, they are required to let the Australian Home Office know immediately. It is important to plan the departure from the country before the duration of the visa is up. Failing to do so is considered overstaying one’s visa and breaking the Australian immigration rules.
eVisitor visa application in French
Travellers from France who do not speak English should note that the eVisitor online application is available in a variety of languages, including French. Simply use the button below to access the online application in French.