Implemented as a reciprocal measure between the Australian Government and other governments, the eVisitor Visa is an electronic travel authorization. It can be obtained by citizens of 28 European Union member states and 7 other European countries in the Schengen Area, including nationals of Poland.
It is primarily designed for individuals traveling to Australia for tourism or business. All non-Australian citizens are required to obtain a visa prior to traveling to Australia and the eVisitor visa is one of the easiest and most convenient ways for Polish nationals to get one. However, travelers are encouraged to explore the different visa options available to them for traveling to Australia.
Do Polish citizens need a visa for Australia?
Poland is one of the countries on the list of European nations whose citizens are allowed to obtain an eVisitor visa prior to their arrival in Australia. This is quite a convenient way for Polish citizens to obtain an Australian visa because the entire application process takes place online and it can be completed in a matter of minutes from anywhere with internet connection.
Additionally, Polish travelers no longer need to visit a local Australian embassy or consulate in order to obtain an Australian tourist visa and can obtain their eVisitor visa far in advance of their travel.
The eVisitor visa for Polish citizens can be used for a consecutive stay of 3 months and is valid for 12 months in total. Travelers are also allowed multiple entries into Australia as long as they have not reached the limit of their maximum allowable stay.
How long does it take to get a visa for Australia from Poland?
The Australian Government has certain requirements that all foreign travelers must meet in order to successfully apply for an Australian eVisitor visa from Poland. These requirements include:
- Being free of any disease or condition that may pose a danger to public health
- Must not incur substantial health care or community service costs while in Australia
- Must not require health care of community services that will deny Australian citizens or Permanent residents of the same
- Must not be visiting Australia with the intent to harass, stalk or intimidate someone
- Must not be coming to incite hatred or discord between different members of the Australian community
- Must not pose any danger to the Australian public
- Not having a substantial criminal record
Some people may be required to undergo health examinations to determine if they are fit to travel to Australia. Travelers who are suffering from significant health issues will be required to sign an Australian Health Undertaking which will allow them to meet with an Australian doctor to monitor their condition while they are visiting Australia.
In some cases, the applicants may be required to submit evidence of good character in order to determine their eligibility to obtain an Australian eVisitor visa from Poland.
How do I apply for an Australian visa from Poland?
After the applicant has gone through the list of health and character requirements set by the Australian Government in order to obtain the Australian eVisitor visa for Polish nationals, the applicant can then proceed with the online application process.
In order to complete the online visa application, applicants will need to have a valid passport, a valid email address and valid debit/credit card information. The form will ask the Polish applicant to list some personal details as well as some passport information.
The applicant will also be required to provide a valid email address where updates and notifications regarding the visa application can be sent. Before submitting the application, applicants will have to provide credit/debit card information in order to make a payment for having their visa application processed.
It is imperative that applicants fill out this online application form as accurately as possible. Any incorrect information between the information presented on the form and that shown on the applicant’s passport can have negative consequences for the applicant’s travel plans.
Once the online application has been submitted, applicants from Poland can expect to receive the approved eVisitor electronically linked to the Polish passport within 3 business days if their application has been approved.
It will then be necessary to carry this same passport with them when traveling to Australia, as Australian Border Force officials will need to scan it at the border to check the validity of the Polish citizen’s eVisitor visa.
It is also recommended that Polish citizens keep a soft copy of their visa on their mobile phone/handheld device and also take a printed copy of their eVisitor visa with them when they travel, in the rare case of any problems with the electronic system.
Travelers to Australia should note, that if arriving in Australia visa air travel, they will be required to fill out an Incoming Passenger Card while on board their flight. This will allow all non-Australian passengers to make any customs or quarantine declarations in addition to any cash amounts they are bringing in above a certain limit. Most importantly, however, travelers will be asked to list the address at which they will be staying whilst in Australia and any contacts they might have within the country.
It is also important for travelers to know that they are not allowed to engage in paid work while in Australia. If the traveler’s email address or phone number changes at any time while they are visiting the country, they are required to update the information with the Australian Home Office immediately.