With the exception of New Zealand, travel visas are required to enter Australia from all other countries around the world. All visitors from another country other than Australia or New Zealand will need a visa and a valid passport or other acceptable travel document to enter Australia. Additionally, all travellers entering Australia will need to complete and sign an Incoming Passenger Card, which includes declarations you will need to make about your health and character.
Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months after your planned arrival into Australia. Please ensure your passport is at least valid until 2020 before applying for a Visitor Visa to Australia to avoid any delays or refusal.
eVisitor Visa (Subclass 651)
Passport holders of European Union nations are eligible to apply for an eVisitor visa (subclass 651). Applications for eVisitor visas are available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for applicants outside Australia who want to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes. This eVisitor visa is available at NO COST for eligible applicants and is valid for multiple visits lasting no longer three (3) months over a twelve (12) month period from issue date of the visa. The majority of eVisitor visas are issued within 24 hours of application submission, with the remainder successfully issued within 48 hours.
You may be eligible for an eVisitor visa if you:
- intend to visit Australia only temporarily and for tourism or business visitor purposes
- are outside Australia when you lodge your application
- are free of tuberculosis when you enter Australia
- have not been convicted of an offence or offences for which the total sentence is more than 12 months (whether or not the sentence has been served).
- hold an eVisitor-eligible passport
eVisitor-eligible passports are citizen passports issued by the following countries:
|Poland||Portugal||Romania||San Marino||Slovak Republic|
Your eVisitor visa is an electronically stored authority for travel to Australia. eVisitor can be accessed by airlines, travel agents and Australian border agencies. Once your eVisitor application has been approved, your eVisitor visa will be linked to your passport number. You do not need to visit an immigration office and you will not receive a stamp or label in your passport. A confirmation will be issued for your records.
Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) Visa (Subclass 601)
Citizens of the United States, Canada & some Asian countries, as well as those from European countries who are unable to be issued the free eVisitor Visa, are eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) Visa. ETA applications are available online 24 hours a day seven days a week, for applicants outside Australia who want to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes. ETA's are successfully granted within 24 hours of application, oftentimes within a few hours of application submission & payment, which should normally cost no more $20 AUD.
An ETA allows the holder to travel to Australia as many times as required within the validity period which is twelve (12) months from the date of issue. The maximum length of each visit is three (3) months. An ETA is an electronically stored authority equivalent to a visa. There is no stamp or label placed in your passport. ETA information is accessible by airlines, travel agents and Australian border agencies. An ETA is linked to the passport number that is used in an ETA application and the holder MUST use the same passport to travel to Australia.
The following countries are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).
|Hong Kong (SAR)||Iceland||Ireland||Italy||Japan|
|The Netherlands||Norway||Portugal||San Marino||Singapore|
|United Kingdom||United States||Vatican City|
If you are a passport holder of any of the above listed countries, you may apply for an ETA by clicking on the link below:
Visitor Visa (Subclass 600)
All other visitors to Australia will likely qualify for a Vistor Visa (subclass 600). Visitor Visas (subclass 600) are issued to those travelling to Australia as a visitor, or a visitor for business purposes, which will encompass all WAHO Conference attendees. Visitor Visas are issued for three (3), six (6) or twelve (12) month periods. Costs for Visitor Visas begin at $140 AUD. A list of eligible countries that qualify for a subclass 600 Visitor Visa can be found by clicking on the link below, as can the online application with Australian Immigration.
Please keep in mind that, depending on the passport carried, processing times for subclass 600 Visitor Visas can take several weeks. Please do not wait until the last minute to apply for a subclass 600 Visitor Visa.
Visitor Visas applications may also be submitted in person at the representative Australian Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Please refer to the List of Australian Embassies & Consulates Worldwide for contact details closest to you.
The WAHO 2019 Conference Australia Team is ready and willing to assist all attendees in obtaining the appropriate Australian & New Zealand Visitor Visa, including sending a personal invitation letter to support your visa application if necessary. If you require assistance in securing your Visitor Visa to attend the WAHO 2019 Conference Australia, please check the Yes please - I/We would like to request Visitor Visa Assistance checkbox on your Registration Form, Page 6 - TRAVEL INFORMATION PAGE.
Visitors are also encouraged to be aware of ALL Australian Visitor Visa requirements and to research which visa is most appropriate for the passport held using the Australian Immigration Visa Finder. Conference attendees are also encouraged to learn more about Australian Border Control upon arrival at the airport, Australia's strict quarantine policy, an overview of Duty Free items that can be brought with you to Australia, and about the Tourist Tax Refund Scheme for all non-Australian residents wishing to purchase items while in the country.
Please remember: All passengers other than Australian and New Zealand citizens need to present the following documents to officers in immigration clearance:
- a valid passport or other acceptable travel document
- a valid visa or authority to enter Australia (including electronic visas)
- a completed and signed Incoming Passenger card, including health and character declaration (issued on your arriving flight).
Anyone who arrives without a valid travel document, visa or authority, might be refused entry to Australia or delayed until their identity and claims to enter Australia have been confirmed.
New Zealand VISITOR VISA
Travel to New Zealand from a large majority of countries around the world is visa-free. No Visitor Visa is required to travel to New Zealand for less than a three-month stay if you are a:
- Citizen or resident of New Zealand or Australia
- Citizen and/or passport holder of the United Kingdom (six-month stays allowed)
- Citizen and/or passport holder of a country which has a Visa Waiver Agreement with New Zealand
Should you not be a passport holder of a Visa Waiver Agreement country, you will need to apply for a Visitor Visa, which can be applied for online or at your local New Zealand Embassy or Consulate. Please download the attached PDF – Visitor Visa Guide – or visit New Zealand Immigration for more details. Passports must be valid for at least three (3) months longer than your expected departure date from New Zealand.