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Australia ETA requirements for U.S. citizens explained

Australia is a popular destination for American travelers, whether you're planning to visit for tourism or business, understanding the Australian visa requirements for U.S. citizens is essential to ensure a smooth trip.

In this blog, find out all you need to know about applying for your Australia ETA, the easy online application process, and requirements.

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Australia Visa requirements for U.S. citizens

U.S. citizens must apply for a valid Australian Visa. They are eligible to apply for the Australia ETA (Subclass 601) online with us or directly with the Australian Government.

Eligibility requirements for an ETA for U.S. citizens

To be eligible for an ETA to enter Australia, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Hold a valid U.S. passport.

  2. You're traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes only.

  3. You will stay in Australia for 90 days or less.

  4. You can't be in Australia at the time of your application.

  5. Prove that you do not have tuberculosis or have a criminal record.

What is an ETA for Australia?

The ETA for U.S. citizens, also called an electronic travel authority, allows tourism or business trips of up to 90 days.

An Australia ETA doesn't allow you to work in Australia. If that is the case, you'll need to apply for a different type of visa and can contact the Australian Embassy for more information.

How long is the Australia ETA valid?

It is a Multiple Entry document, valid for 1 year after issue, and linked to the traveler's passport electronically, eliminating the need for a sticker or stamp. That means no embassy visits!

It's important to note that the 90-day stay limit applies to each visit and is not a cumulative total for the 12-month validity period of the ETA. If you want to stay in Australia for longer than 90 days or work in the country, apply for a different type of visa, such as a Working Holiday Visa.

How to apply for an Australian ETA online with us

Follow these three simple steps:

  • First, fill out the online form with your personal information and passport details.

  • Second, double-check the information to ensure no mistakes. If everything looks good, select the preferred processing time and pay the visa fees with a credit or debit card.

  • Third, upload any required documents and submit your application. Before the Australian authorities process it, we will do a careful review to avoid issues.

When approved, your ETA will be linked to your passport electronically, and you’ll receive a confirmation by email.

Required documents to get an Australian ETA for U.S. passport holders

When applying with iVisa, the process is simple and straightforward. Our application form is easy and quick to fill out. You will need the following documents to apply:

  • Valid passport: Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of arrival in Australia.
  • Means of online payment: You’ll be required to pay online on our secure platform. You can use a credit or debit card.
  • Email address: You don’t have to print out the ETA, but we use email as a means of communication.

Can U.S. Green Card holders apply for an Australian ETA?

Unfortunately, holders of a U.S. Green Card can’t always apply for the online ETA. It depends on the passport they hold.

Green card holders can use our Visa Checker Tool to find out if they are eligible for the ETA or must apply for a visa.

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about obtaining an ETA or other travel documents for Australia, please contact our customer service team via online chat or WhatsApp.

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