The Australian Government allows the citizens of the 27 European Union (EU) member states and 8 other European countries to apply for and obtain an Australian eVisitor visa. It is a reciprocal measure that has been introduced to make it easier for the nationals of European countries to travel to Australia and vice versa.
Do Spanish citizens need a visa to enter Australia?
All non-Australian citizens travelling to Australia must obtain a visa prior to their arrival in the country. Spanish citizens are eligible to apply for an Australian eVisitor visa if they plan to visit the country for tourism or business.
The Australian government offers a variety of visas for people intending to travel to the country for other reasons. Travellers from Spain should explore the different visa options available to them and select one that best suits their travel needs.
The eVisitor visa can also be obtained well in advance of the applicant’s intended date of travel to the country. It allows the traveller a maximum stay of 90 consecutive days in Australia with a total validity of 12 months from the date of issuance.
The eVisitor visa also allows the Spanish visitor multiple entries into Australia as long as he/she has not exhausted their maximum length of stay in the country.
Apply for an Australian eVisitor Visa from Spain
The application form will ask the nationals of Spain to list some biographical information as well as some passport details. Applicants will also be required to provide a valid email address where the eVisitor visa will be sent if the application is approved. Spanish citizens will need to provide valid credit/debit card information in order to complete the application process.
It is extremely important for Spanish nationals to fill out the online application as accurately as possible in order to avoid negative consequences that can affect their travel plans. The information provided on the online form must exactly match the information provided on the applicant’s travel documents. Failure to do so or providing incorrect information on the form can lead to the visa application being rejected.
After the traveller from Spain submits the eVisitor visa application, he/she can expect to receive their visa via email within 3 business days. It may take longer than that if there is any additional processing required on the application.
Travelling to Australia with the eVisitor Visa for Spanish nationals
Once the eVisitor visa arrives in the applicant’s email, they should keep a soft copy of the eVisitor visa on their mobile phone/handheld device and must take a printed copy with them when they travel. The Spanish national will have to present the printed copy of their eVisitor visa along with other travel documents to the Australian Border Force when they arrive at a port of entry.
Travellers are advised that while flying to Australia, they will be required to complete an Incoming Passenger Card or IPC. This card will allow Spanish visitors to make customs or quarantine declarations, including those regarding any cash they are bringing into the country that is above a certain amount. Most importantly, however, this card will ask the traveller to provide the address where they will be staying in Australia as well as any contacts they might have in the country.
What documents are required for Spanish citizens to apply for Australian eVisitor Visa?
To successfully apply for the Australian eVisitor Visa, citizens of Spain must submit a completed online application form and provide the following documents:
- Valid Spanish passport
- Current email address
- Credit or debit card
In addition, Spanish nationals may be asked to provide one or more of the following:
- A police certificate (also called a penal clearance certificate)
- A letter of good conduct from an employer
- A completed character statutory declaration
- A military certificate (if the individual has served in the military)
The Australian Government has certain health and character requirements that Spanish visa applicants need to meet in order to successfully apply for the Australian eVisitor visa. Spanish travellers must not:
- Have any medical conditions or diseases that may pose a health risk to the Australian public
- Incur substantial health care or community service costs while in Australia
- Need health care or community services that deprive Australians and permanent residents of the same
- Be coming to Australia in order to threaten, harass, stalk, or intimidate someone
- Sow discord among members of the Australian community
- Have a criminal record
- Pose any danger to the Australian public
Travellers with certain medical conditions or diseases may be required to sign an Australian Health Undertaking to monitor their condition/disease with an Australian doctor while they visit the country.