In 2008 Australia improved its different types of visas by creating the eVisitor visa, or subclass 651, which allows all Schengen countries and other European nations to apply online for a visa to entering Australia.
Slovakia is one of these eligible countries. Therefore, citizens of Slovakia are allowed to apply for an Australia online electronic visa, avoiding previous appointments on the embassy or consulate, as well as queues at Australian border controls.
The Australia eVisitor visa for Slovak passport holders permits:
- to stay up to 3 consecutive months in Australia
- to perform multiple entries to Australia within a year
- to be used for different purposes
The eVisitor for Australia visa expires when 12 months have passed since it was requested or when the passport of the Slovak citizen is no longer valid. Therefore, Slovak citizens are advised to comply with this maximum permitted stay in the country to avoid overstaying an Australia visa.
Do Slovak Nationals Need a Visa for Australia?
Slovak citizens must apply for an eVisitor visa for entering Australia.
The eVisitor visa allows Slovak nationals to:
- Enjoy holidays in Australia
- Attend business issues
- Visit friends or family
Regarding business affairs, it should be noted that paid work is not permitted. Slovak business travelers can be in Australia for reviewing contracts or attending conferences, but always being paid by their current companies in their country of origin.
Once the electronic visa is received, it has to be printed and showed when arriving in Australia. Many times an immigration control form will be required to fill at the port of entry in Australia, which is called Incoming Passenger Card. This card is a personal information form.
Once Slovak tourists are in Australia, they have to notify any change in their personal data, such as mobile phones or email addresses if they are using new ones.
Other Australia visas available for Slovaks
Applicants of Slovakia should notice that the Australia eVisitor is not the same as the eTA for Australia, which is actually a visa waiver, not an actual visa, reserved for other countries such as Brunei, Hong Kong, or Canada, for instance. Slovaks must apply for an eVisitor visa, not for an ETA visa waiver.
Although the purposes of traveling with the subclass 651 visa include tourism, business, visiting relatives and/or studies, it must be kept in mind that if the study is the main reason to travel to Australia, the eVisitor visa is not the proper choice and, therefore, Slovak nationals will need to apply for another travel permit for academic purposes.
In that sense, citizens of Slovakia can attend courses or studies with an eVisitor visa, but only if these studies are not the main reason for traveling.
Slovaks must also notice that if they are arriving in Australia only for transit flights, they can ask for an Australian Transit Visa, or subclass 771. This visa allows passengers to remain up to 72 hours in Australia. When obtaining this visa, the origin boarding pass and the final destination ticket flight must be shown.
How Do I Apply for an Australian Visa as Slovak?
Slovak nationals applying for an Australia eVisitor online electronic visa to Australia need an electronic device, an email address, internet connection, and a valid passport with at least 3 months of expiration date before arriving in Australia.
After filling the online form and answering some personal information and paying the visa fee with a credit or debit card, the requirement will be sent to the Australian Immigration Authorities, who take no more than 24 hours to answer and send the electronic visa.
The eVisitor visa is an attached PDF document that is sent by email, and that is why having a valid, functional email address is vital when applying. If no message is received by Slovak travelers, they should check their spam box.
Sometimes, together with the passport and personal information, other documents are required, regarding health and character requirements.
Australia eVisitor Requirements for Slovak Citizens
There are certain Australia eVisitor visa entry requirements that need to be met by Slovak applicants. The conditions and needed documents for the eVisitor visa are the following:
- Valid passport with a 3 months expiration date before the date of the issue
- Passport biographical information
- Name and surname
- Current address
- Country of birth
Australian government asks for health control reports. They are thought to guarantee that the visa applicant has no disease or illness that can be a public danger. If the applicant has any disease, he or she must fill an agreement form that states that he or she is responsible for his/her health.
The government also requires a behavior report including a police certificate (also called a penal clearance certificate), a letter from an employer verifying good conduct, and a completed character statutory declaration.
Traveling with children as Slovak: considerations
Slovaks can perfectly enjoy Australia with children and the whole family. The capitals are very cosmopolitan and the wildlife varied, helping all family members to practice outdoor activities such as surf or snorkeling.
The eVisitor Visa to Australia for Slovakian citizens is a single and non-transferable document. That means that each member of a family has to bring their own visa at the moment they arrive in Australia in order to show it to authorities.
Minors traveling with Slovak citizens must get their own visa by using the current online application form, like an adult. They must have their own passport with biographical data that will be asked while filling the form.