Australian Visa Requirements for UK Citizens

British citizens are required to apply for an e-Visa to travel to Australia. This e-Visa is called the eVisitor visa and allows a person short stays in Australia for business or tourism. Before applying for the eVisitor visa it is important to go over the Australia visa requirements that each visa applicant must meet in order to be considered for an Australian visa.

These requirements are:

  • Having a passport that is valid for at least 3 months from the date of arrival in Australia.
  • Being free from any diseases that may become a public health threat in Australia.
  • Must not have any disease or condition that will bring about significant health care or community service costs.
  • Must not have a criminal record or have served a cumulative jail-time of 12 months or more.
  • Must have a good character in general that can be proved using official documents.

In certain cases, a traveler might be required to undergo a medical exam to determine whether or not they fit the health requirements in order to apply for a visa. Individuals suffering from significant health issues may be required to sign an Australian Health Undertaking in order to monitor their condition with a doctor in Australia.

Some individuals can also be required to submit documentation verifying their good character, such as a police clearance certificate or a letter from an employer stating the same. If the Australian Home Office perceives that an individual might be a risk or a threat to the Australian public, his/her visa application will be denied.

Also note, that you are required to make a separate eVisitor application for each family member that will be traveling with you, even if they are listed on your passport as each of them will receive their own visa.

Do Citizens of the UK Need a Visa for Australia?

If you are a citizen of New Zealand, you are allowed visa-free entry into Australia. Citizens of all other countries, including the UK, need to apply for and obtain a visa before traveling to Australia. The UK is one of 34 other European countries that are allowed to apply for an eVisitor visa to Australia.

The eVisitor allows one to stay in Australia for up to 3 months (90 consecutive days) at a time. It has a total validity of 12 months. This visa is generally issued for people visiting for tourism, visiting family members, or entering Australia on a cruise.

How Long Does it Take to Get a Visa for Australia from the UK?

When you submit your application for an eVisitor visa, you can expect to hear back on the status of your application within 3 days. It may take longer than that depending on whether or not there is additional processing required for your application.

It is better to apply for an Australian visa well before the time you actually plan to travel so that you are not affected by any additional processing.

Apply for an eVisitor Visa for Australia

In order to apply for an eVisitor visa, travelers can access the Australian Online Visa system where applicants will be required to enter some personal details and passport information. It is essential to be as accurate as possible, because any discrepancy between what you provide on the application form and the information displayed on your passport, will render your visa invalid. You may even be barred from entering Australia if that is the case. If you are a dual-nationality citizen, make sure you use the same passport to apply for a visa and enter Australia.

You will then be asked to provide

  • a valid email address,
  • phone number and,
  • credit/debit card information. You will need to make a visa fee payment in order to have your application processed.

Once your application has been approved, your eVisitor visa will be sent to the email address provided on your application. You will need to keep an electronic copy of your eVisitor visa on your handheld device and also take a print-out of the visa with you to the airport.

Before arriving in Australia, you will be required to complete an Incoming Passenger Card (or IPC) onboard your flight. The IPC will ask you to list: your contacts in Australia, the address at which you will be staying, any cash above $10,000 that you are bringing in, customs and quarantine declarations, etc.

Once you land at the Australian airport, you will have to present your passport and the eVisitor visa to the Australian Border Force. If you are cleared to enter Australia, your eVisitor visa will be attached to your passport and this will allow you to remain in Australia for up to 3 months.

Your eVisitor Visa allows you multiple entries into Australia. It does not allow you to work in Australia, but you can engage in unpaid volunteer work. If at any time whilst you are in Australia, your phone number and email address change, you are required to let the Australian Home Office know of this change.