All non-Australian citizens must obtain a visa or electronic travel authority (ETA) before travelling to Australia. More information can be found at www.immi.gov.au
- If you are a national of ETA eligible countries, you can obtain your ETA either on line or through your travel agent or airlines. Please see your travel agent, airline or the ETA site for further details.
- If you are not eligible for an ETA, you need to apply for your visa - in general a "456 Business (Short Stay) Visitor visa" - through an Australian visa office (Australian embassy, high commission or consulate).
Australian Government Visa Requirements:
Participants of an event or conference in Australia will generally need to apply for a subclass 456 Business (Short Stay) Visitor visa. However this is not always the case, so participants should contact the IECN as early as possible to obtain advice on the most appropriate visa for their visit.
Please note that applications for the subclass 456 Business (Short Stay) Visitor visa can only be made at an Australian visa office overseas.
If an overseas participant is eligible to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) they may apply for either a Short or Long Validity Business Visitor ETA.
Additional information on the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs' Electronic Travel Authority system can be found here. www.immi.gov.au/eta/ . See " Fact Sheet 55 - The Electronic Travel Authority".
ETA eligible passports
The following passport holders are able to access Australia's Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) issuing system. An ETA is issued by computer between DIMIA and travel agents, airlines and specialist service providers.
Hong Kong (SAR)
Republic of San Marino
United Kingdom - British Citizen
United Kingdom - British National (Overseas)**
United States of America
* Holders of Taiwan passports can only be processed for an ETA if resident in and applying in Taiwan.
** Holders of UK passports which indicate their nationality to be British National (Overseas) can only be processed for an ETA if resident in and applying in Hong Kong.
ETA applications can be made through the Department's Internet address: www.eta.immi.gov.au