Australian Visitor Visas
eVisitor (subclass 651)
To apply for the eVisitor visa you must hold a passport from an eligible country.
You must be outside Australia when you lodge your application.
When you are granted an eVisitor visa you do not need to visit an immigration office and you will not receive a stamp or label in your passport, you will be given a confirmation for your records.
An eVisitor is an electronically stored authority for travel to Australia. eVisitor can be accessed by airlines, travel agents and Australian border agent
Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601)
An ETA is an electronically stored authority for travel to Australia.
To apply for the ETA visa you must hold a passport from an eligible country.
You must be outside Australia when you lodge your application and when the visa is granted.
Visitor Visa (subclass 600)
This visitor visa has four streams:
Tourist stream: for people travelling to Australia for a holiday, recreation or to visit family and friends and for other purposes not related to business or medical treatment.
- If you are in Australia, your application must be made in Australia. If you apply for this visa in Australia, you must be in Australia to be granted the visa.
- If you are outside Australia, your application must be made outside Australia. If you apply for this visa outside Australia, you must be outside Australia to be granted the visa.
Business Visitor stream: for business people travelling to Australia for a short business visit. This includes making a general business or employment enquiry, negotiations or participating in a conference.
- You must be outside Australia when you apply, your application must be made outside Australia, and you must be outside Australia to be granted the visa.
Sponsored Family stream: for people travelling to Australia to visit their family. You must have a sponsor who might be asked to provide a bond.
- You must be outside Australia when you apply and you must be outside Australia to be granted the visa.
Approved Destination Status stream: for people from the People’s Republic of China who are travelling in an organised tour group.
- You must be in the People’s Republic of China at time of application and to be granted the visa.
Invited Participant in an Event Visa (subclass 408)
If you have been invited to participate in an event by an Australian organisation, the subclass 408 visa, under the “Invited participant in an event” category, may be suitable for you. The following information about this option is from the Department of Home Affairs website.
“Invited participant in an event
“You can apply under the Invited Participant activity type of this visa if you intend to stay for three months or less and have been invited by an Australia organisation to participate in social and cultural activities associated with community-based events, for example:
- sports competitors (and their support staff including managers, medical staff, coaches, referees, officials) participating in events, touring as part of an overseas sports team or undertaking a training programme…
- ministers conducting religious services or engaging in other religious activities as a guest of an Australian religious institution
- religious workers at a religious event
- academics engaging in lectures, workshops or research activities invited by a tertiary academic institution
- public speakers or lecturers
- speakers, presenters and exhibitors at trade fairs, expos, exhibitions, conferences, workshops or seminars
- entertainers attending specific promotional events (but not performing)
- artists engaging in the creation of visual art, or holding exhibitions of their work
- authors at a writers festival presenting work in front of an audience
- dance choreographers conducting dance workshops which includes a closing performance (non-ticketed)
- persons participating as competitors in non-sporting competitions, such as dance competitions, music competitions, online gaming competitions, student competitions (see also Visitor visas)”
Source: The Department of Home Affairs