Tourist Visa for Australia Cost—How Much Do You Need To Cash Out?
Planning a trip to Australia? Good on ya, mate! The Land Down Under is known for its breathtaking scenery, dream-like beaches for surfers, and the Hemsworth brothers.
Some people like to point out that pretty much all the animals living there could kill you, but the risk is worth it when you know you can also see koalas (they can murder you with cuteness).
Before you get to enjoy everything the Aussies have to offer, you will need to deal with some red tape. Learn about what travel requirements you need to pay attention to and what the tourist visa for Australia cost is. DoNotPay has the info you need to get in the country without trouble!
Individuals in transit staying in Australia for less than 72 hours don’t require an entry permit. Anyone staying longer than that must get a tourist visa. Depending on the duration of your visit, you have two options:
- Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)—This permit used to be called the tourist subclass 601 visa. Both adults and children staying in Australia for up to three months need to obtain it
- Visitor visa (subclass 600)—This document is available for tourists who wish to stay for longer than three months in the Land Down Under
Both permits for entering Australia require an application fee. Take a look at the table below for more information:
|Visitor Visa Type||Length||Cost|
|Electronic Travel Authority||Three months||$20|
|Visitor visa (subclass 600)||3-12 months||$145–$1,065 (depending on the trip length)|
If you have a visa and decide to prolong your stay in Australia, you can apply for a tourist visa extension. An extension means that you must apply for a new visitor visa. Keep in mind that having a tourist visa does not directly imply your extension will be granted.
The initial fee for a new application is $345. If you want to extend your stay again, you will need to cash out $1,045.
To get any of the available visas for Australia, you need to meet the requested criteria. Bear in mind that there are strict COVID-19 restrictions at the time of writing this article, and many rules revolve around them.
At the moment, the requirements for obtaining an Australian visa or ETA include:
- Having a valid U.S. passport
- Paying the mandatory visa or ETA fees
- Submitting a request
- Having a travel exemption due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You need to submit the exemption application online two weeks before your departure
- Providing a negative PCR test for entering or transiting the country (it lasts for 72 hours)
- Staying in quarantine for two weeks upon arrival
- Being vaccinated against COVID-19
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions in Australia, obtaining an ETA online is not an option. To apply for the ETA or an Australian tourist visa, you need to do so in person. Follow these steps:
- Complete the visa application
- Find out if you need to submit any other documents
- Go to the Australian Embassy
- Submit the application along with other paperwork
Visa processing times depend on various factors, including:
- Whether you have the necessary supporting documents
- How fast you respond to any requests for additional information
- What the number of places available in the migration program is
- How long it takes to check the information you have provided to support your application
Australia is not the only destination that requires U.S. citizens to have tourist visas. Finding out whether you need a visa or not is a dull and tiring task, but DoNotPay streamlines the process!
Our app will inform you whether the country in question requires an entry permit.
If it doesn't, we will tell you how long you can stay there. In case you do need a visa, DoNotPay will:
- Get you a direct link to the online application. If it is not available, you will receive a PDF guide with detailed instructions
- List all the documents you need for your application
To get this handy info, complete the following steps:
- Sign up for DoNotPay
- Find our Tourist Visa Guide product
- Give us the essential details, including what your next travel destination is and whether you are a U.S. passport holder
To get more information about travel requirements in Oceania, you can check out DoNotPay’s guides listed in the table below:
|New Zealand||Fiji||Papua New Guinea|
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