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Entering Australia: Simply get a tourist visa online

There is a lot to consider and plan before traveling to Australia. One of the most important things is the Australian visa. It can actually be easily applied for online and free of charge.

I also had to apply for a tourist visa before my 3-month trip. Plus my three fellow travelers. Since none of us with travel experience really had a clear view of the official website for the “Visitor Visa Options” of the immigration authorities and some even ended up on the paid visa, I have written detailed instructions here with direct links to the right visa.

You can also use the Visa Finder on the official website. But here, too, one or the other of my fellow travelers had difficulties getting the right visa.

Danger: The normal tourist visa is valid for travelers who stay in Australia for up to three months and is free!

Do i need a visa for Australia?

In general, you can find out whether you need a visa for your travel destination on the website of the Federal Foreign Office before each trip.
To enter Australia you need:

  1. A passport that is at least valid for the duration of the trip (at least six months are recommended). If you make a stopover in an Asian country, you may need a passport that is valid for at least six months (this is usually the case in Asia).
  2. A valid eVisa that you need to apply for before you travel. There is, for example, thateVisitor (subclass 651),Visitor visa (subclass 600) orWorking Holiday visa (subclass 417).

A classic Visa on Arrival, e.g. for New Zealand, is current Not more available. This means that you have to apply for your visa in advance. This is usually very easy online and the simplest version is free of charge.

You can find out which conditions you have to meet for the individual visas in the following section.

Free tourist visa for 3 months of stay

eVisitor (subclass 651)

This variant applies to most tourists. TheeVisitor (subclass 651) is a tourist visa. It is valid for three months in a twelve-month entry window (from the application you have 12 months to enter. It is then valid for three months from the date of entry). This visa is available free of charge.

In order to obtain the eVisitor tourist visa for Australia, you must apply for your visa prior to entryoutside Australia put. I filled out the online application and received my visa approval after a few minutes.

The visa is saved electronically and does not actually have to be printed out. You won't get a sticker or stamp in your passport upon entry. This saves you free pages in your passport.

If you'd like to find out more about the eVisitor tourist visa, check out the Australian Immigration Service website here.

How to apply for the eVisitor visa:

  1. Go to the Australian Immigration Service website
  2. "For a holiday" click, "Germany" as a country and "Less than three months" Select (less than 3 months).
  3. Then there are three options to choose from: eVisitor (subclass 651), Subclass 601 (Not possible with a European passport) and a tourist stream (Subclass 600) for stays longer than 3 months.
  4. Usually this is the 1st option eVisitor Subclass 651 the right. This visa is free.
  5. ImmiAccount create (it's annoying that you have to enter 5 "secret questions" here if you forget your password)
  6. fill out Form (Name, passport number, place of issue, date of issue, expiry date, ...)
  7. Submit Form.

Less than 5 minutes later I received the confirmation email.

Danger: Here, too, there was a misunderstanding with one or the other because the content of the email does not clearly state: Visa approved (as with ESTA for the USA, for example) but one more 4-page PDF is attached, on which there is plenty of text. You can print out this form to be on the safe side. I have not done it. The visa is electronically deposited with your passport.

Tourist Visa for Australia - Visitor Visa (subclass 600)

If your vacation and / or business trip longer than three months should take, then that is Visitor Visaanother option. This visa is available for stays of up to three, up to six or up to twelve months. The application costs are currently between 135 AUD and 1000 AUD.

The visitor visa can be applied for outside and inside Australia. The latter is possible if you already have a valid visa (e.g. eVisitor subclass 651) and want to extend your stay.

You can find more detailed information about the Visitor Visa (subclass 600) here on the website of the Australian Immigration Service.

Working Holiday Visa Australia (subclass 417)

If you are at least 18 and not yet 31 years of age or older, then the Working Holiday Visa could be particularly interesting for you. This visa allows you to stay for up to twelve months and you also have permission to work in Australia.

With the Working Holiday Visa you can:

  • stay in Australia for up to twelve months
  • work for one employer for up to six months
  • study for up to four months
  • enter and leave Australia at will

Conditions for the Working Holiday Visa:

  • 18 to 30 years old
  • valid passport from a country participating in the Working Holiday program
  • min 5000 AUD financial reserves
  • enough money to book a return flight or an open return flight ticket
  • no dependent child as travel companion
  • no previous working holiday visa

You can also apply for a second Working Holiday Visa if you have at least three months of working time in certain jobs (e.g. fruit picking) in rural Australia.

If you'd like to find out more about the Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) check out the Australian Immigration Service website here.

Still uncertain? Find the right visa for Australia

If you are still unsure which visa is the right one for you, you can go to the official website of the Australian immigration authorities Visa Finder to use. After filling in a few questions, you will be presented with your visa options.

Confirmation of your visa by email

Since I keep getting emails and comments, I've uploaded my confirmation to you.

This comes directly with the email that you receive as soon as you have filled out the application. I didn't get it either and had to read it again.

Did you feel the same way we did? What was your experience of applying for your Australian visa? Leave a comment here!

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