Every traveler has heard of the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru rock, and Byron Bay, which are some of Australia’s most popular attractions.
Although it may seem like obtaining a visa to Australia is a long and arduous process, it is actually quite simple – especially if you are a citizen of the European Union! Indeed, travelers can take advantage of the quick and easy online application and get their Australian visa from Latvia within 24 hours of applying. By applying online, travelers can save time and money, since there is no need to gather piles of paperwork, visit an embassy in-person, or have an interview with an immigration officer.
Do Latvia passport holders need a visa for Australia?
Yes, every single traveler who holds a Latvian passport must have some type of valid visa before they are allowed to enter the country.
The most common type of Australian visa for Latvian citizens is called the Australian eVisitor visa, which can be applied for online and is valid for up to 1 year from the date of issue (or until the traveler’s Latvian passport expires – whichever happens first). Travelers can use their Australian eVisitor visa to stay in the country for a maximum of 90 days (three months) at a time, and since it is a multiple-entry visa, they are allowed to use it multiple times within the 1 year validity. Finally, the eVisitor visa may be used to enter Australia via air and sea ports for the purposes of leisure (tourism), business, and for medical tourism.
If several family members are traveling to Australia together, each person must complete a separate application, including minors.
Documents required for Latvian citizens for an Australian visa
The Australian visa requirements for Latvian citizens are simple, straightforward, and only require a handful of items. These include the following:
- A valid passport: The traveler’s Latvian passport must be valid and must not expire for a minimum of three months before they arrive in Australia. While filling out the Australian eVisitor application, we recommend keeping the passport nearby so that the traveler can easily reference it while filling out the section that contains questions about their passport.
- A valid email address: This email address will be used to field all notifications regarding the traveler’s Australian eVisitor visa. We recommend that travelers check this email inbox frequently so that they are aware of when they receive their eVisitor visa.
- A type of payment: In order to pay the processing fee, travelers must use a valid debit or credit card. Most major cards are accepted, including Visa, Master Card, American Express, Maestro, JCB, and UnionPay, among others.
Besides the items listed above, the traveler must also meet a few requirements on their health, finances, and criminal record.
The traveler must be in good health, which means that they must not have any condition that could lead to significant cost to the Australian government. Travelers who suffer from specific health issues may be asked to sign an Australian Health Undertaking and have their condition monitored while they are traveling in Australia.
The traveler must ensure that they do not have any current debts to the Australian government. Travelers must also have enough money to support themselves while traveling through Australia and proof of onward travel (either back home or to another country).
Finally, travelers must not have any substantial criminal record.
Australia Visa Application form for citizens from Latvia
Applying for an Australian visa for citizens from Latvia is a process done entirely online and should only take travelers about 15 minutes to complete. The application form will ask a few basic questions.
The form asks travelers to fill in some essential personal details including their first and last name, contact information (address, email, phone number), date of birth, and nationality. The next section will ask questions about the traveler’s passport, including the passport number, issue date, and expiry date. Finally, applicants will be questioned about their health and criminal past.
After having completed the form, we advise all applicants to go back and double check to make sure the information is accurate and complete. In order to submit the application for consideration, the applicant must pay the visa processing fee.
The average processing time of the Australian eVisitor visa for Latvian citizens is 24 hours (one business day). In rare cases, it may take up to 2 business days to obtain eVisitor approval, such as delays due to public holidays, or when the government has to closely inspect the traveler’s application.