The Australian Government allows the citizens 28 European Union member states and the citizens of 7 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 citizens of European countries to travel to Australia and vice versa.
Do Spanish Citizens Need a Visa to Enter Australia?
The Australian government requires that all non-Australian citizens traveling to Australia 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. Travelers should explore the different visa options available to them and select one that best suits their travel needs.
The application for the Australian eVisitor visa can be made online and does not require the applicant to visit a local Australian embassy or consulate. The eVisitor visa can also be obtained well in advance of the applicant’s intended date of travel to the country. It allows the traveler 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 traveler multiple entries into Australia as long as he/she hasn’t exhausted their maximum length of stay in the country.
Apply for an Australian eVisitor Visa from Spain
The application form will ask the applicants 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. Applicants will need to provide valid credit/debit card information in order to complete the application process.
It is extremely important for applicants 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 application form must exactly match the information provided on the applicant’s travel documents. Failure to do so or providing invalid information on the form can get the visa application rejected.
After the applicant 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.
Once the eVisitor visa arrives in the applicant’s email, he/she 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. Traveler 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 an Australian port of entry.
Travelers are advised that while traveling to Australia via airplane, they will be required to complete an Incoming Passenger Card or IPC. This card will allow travelers to make customs or quarantine declarations as well as declarations regarding any cash they are bringing into the country that is above a certain amount. Most importantly, however, this card will ask the traveler to provide the address information 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?
The Australian Government has certain health and character requirements that visa applicants need to meet in order to successfully apply for the Australian eVisitor visa. These requirements include:
- Being free of any medical conditions or diseases that may pose a health risk to the Australian public
- Traveler must not incur substantial health care or community service costs while in Australia
- Traveler must not need health care of community services that deprive Australians and permanent residents of the same.
- Traveler must not be coming to Australia in order to threaten, harass, stalk or intimidate someone
- Traveler must not sow discord among members of the Australian community
- Traveler must not have a criminal record
- Traveler must not pose any danger to the Australian public
Travelers 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. Some travelers may also be asked to provide official documents verifying their good character such as a letter from the traveler’s place of employment or the local police etc.
In addition to the above requirements, the traveler will need a valid passport, email address, credit/debit card information in order to successfully apply for an Australian eVisitor visa.