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Australian Visas for Canadian Citizens: What, When and How

Thanks to Australia’s Electronic Travel Authorization Program (eTA), it’s easier than ever for Canadians to visit.
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For visitors from Canada, Australia can truly seem like a different world. The contrast between the lush northern forests of Canada and the jungles and dry plains of Australia makes visits down under a unique pleasure for Canadian tourists and business travelers alike. And thanks to Australia’s Electronic Travel Authorization Program (eTA), it’s easier than ever for Canadians to visit.

EVisitor and ETA to Australia are two kinds of e-Visa permits designated for different groups of countries. However, both are electronic visa permits, and both cost 49 Euro.

Canadians are eligible to apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority), whereas eVisitor is for all European countries' citizens.

In this article, we’ll cover:

  1. The benefits of an eTA versus a traditional Embassy visa
  2. Who is eligible for an eTA to Australia?
  3. Types of Australia eTA, eTA validity, and stay length
  4. How Canadian citizens can apply for an eTA to Australia

1. The benefits of an eTA versus a traditional Embassy visa

Travel was a lot different before the digital age. Prior to widespread internet use, almost every international traveler had to apply for their visa at the Embassy of the country they wished to visit. That involved trips to the Embassy, in-person interviews, and a number of costs connected to paperwork processing and transportation. 

Today, however, most Canadian citizens can skip the Embassy visa process altogether when traveling to Australia and other countries, thanks to the introduction of the Australian government’s eTA program. With Evisa Express, you can apply for an eTA to Australia right from your own home. Approval in most cases takes 72 hours or less.

2. Who is eligible for an eTA to Australia?

Canadian citizens who wish to travel to Australia on an eTA must be:

  • Traveling for purposes of tourism or business
  • Prepared to stay in Australia for less than 12 months, with a maximum consecutive stay of 3 months per visit
  • Free from tuberculosis
  • Free from prior criminal convictions resulting in sentences of 12 months or more

If you are a Canadian citizen and meet these criteria, you stand a very good chance of being awarded an eTA for travel to Australia. And when you apply with Evisa Express, you can be even more confident of application success: Our approval rate for eTA Australia applications is 99%.

3. Types of Australia eTA, eTA validity, and stay length

There are two types of eTA to Australia: the Tourist eTA and the Business eTA. The validity and stay length parameters are identical for both.

  • eTA validity period: eTA must be used within 365 days, starting on the date of issuance
  • The Australia eTA is a multiple entry visa, which means that holders may enter and exit freely during the eTA validity period
  • Stay length: Each stay in Australia cannot be longer than 90 days at a time.

Please note that Canadian travelers to Australia with an eTA may not engage in work to an Australian company or other organization during their trip.

Please note also that all Canadian travelers seeking to transit through Australia to another country (for example, New Zealand) must be in possession of an Australian eTA during their transit.

4. How Canadian citizens can apply for an eTA to Australia

Applying for an Australia eTA is easy for Canadian citizens who apply with Evisa Express. Our application process is straightdorward, and our team of eVisa experts is on hand 24/7 to answer any questions. The only supplemental documentation we ask for during the application process is:

  • A copy of the bio-data page of your valid Canadian passport
  • An active e-mail address: once your Australian visa application is approved, we send it to you at the e-mail address you've provided. Make sure it's active to have access to your visa.

We carefully check each application we receive and notify applicants of any missing, incomplete or incorrect information, which we then work together with the applicant to correct. Our average application approval time is only 19 hours, though individual cases may vary.

Why should you visit Australia?

Australia is one of the most diverse countries out there, with various climates throughout the country. The tropical climate, rainforests, tropical beaches, canyons, mountains, sites full of history of the Aboriginal People.

  • Try visiting the Whitehaven beach, considered to be the most breathtaking beach in Australia. With white sand and turquoise waters, there is no better place to go on a relaxing getaway.
  • For some incredible animal encountering, visit the Kangaroo Island. With over 500 km of coastline, this island is vast and full of natural attractions. Try exploring the island with a guide who knows best where to spot all of the animals. This wild 'zoo' hides Kangaroos and Sea LionsKoalasGoannas, and some beautiful marine creatures.

I just got my eTA to Australia from Evisa Express! What do I do now?

Congratulations! You’re all set for your trip to Australia. Your eTA has been digitally linked to your passport, so all you need to do is show your passport to travel authorities when you enter the country. It’s as simple as that. Evisa Express: You take care of your trip; we take care of your visa.
 

Bogdan T
11 March 2020
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