The Electronic Travel Authority (Subclass 601) Visa (ETA) allows applicants to visit Australia as much as you’d like within a 12-month period. Each stay can be up to 3 months at a time.
As of January 2022, The Department of Home Affairs current published list of eligible countries is as follows:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Portugal, Republic of San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (excluding official or diplomatic passports), The Netherlands, United Kingdom—British Citizen, United Kingdom—British National (Overseas), United States of America and Vatican City.
Under this visa, as a business visitor you can make general business/employment enquiries, make or review business contracts, take part in activities as part of an official government visit, take part in a business seminar, conference or trade fair (this cannot be paid work)
You can’t work or provide a service to a business or organisation in Australia or sell goods and services to the Australia public directly. If you want to do short term work in Australia that is not considered being a business visitor or for an income apply for a visa that allows you to work.
Note: if you work on an ETA, plan to work or breach the conditions of your ETA in any way your visa may be cancelled, and you may be removed or refused entry to Australia.
This visa is free, however, there may be an AUD20 online application service charge
Additional costs: You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.
Secondary applicants: you cannot include family members on this visa application anyone who wishes to travel with you must apply separately
This is a temporary visa; with this visa you can visit Australia for up to 3 months at a time within a 12-month period. The 12 months starts on the date the visa is granted.
Note: if you enter Australia on a cruise, you will need a valid visa, for round trip cruises (from Australia and returning to Australia); any time on the cruise counts as time in Australia on your visa, the department considers this as not leaving Australia. Leaving Australia on a cruise and re-entering does not re-set the stay period.
As of July 2022, the current published processing time is in most cases, that you will be notified of the results of your 651 application immediately.
It is important you arrange to have health insurance when travelling as you are personally liable for any medical expenses including unforeseen circumstances. The Department has specific requirements for what is considered adequate health insurance.
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