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Travelling to the US from Australia: Everything you need to know
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Do you need a Covid test for the USA?
No but you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if you're 18 and over and provide proof of vaccination to travel to the US.
Is the USA safe?
Not as safe as Australia. Give areas where demonstrations and protests are taking place a wide berth. Watch your valuables on public transport and, as much as this pains us to write, ask your hotel about active shooter protocols and familiarise yourself with how to respond by reading the US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Active Shooter Event guide .
Do I need travel insurance to go to the USA?
Definitively YES: comprehensive medical insurance. Few countries have higher medical bills for the uninsured and even the simplest medical treatment can end up costing thousands and more.
Is marijuana legal in the USA?
Only 19 states have legalised it and you need to be extremely careful in those that haven’t as strict penalties apply for even small possession. We’re talking mandatory minimum sentences in some cases.
What medications can I take to the USA?
Some prescription and over-the-counter medications readily available in Australia are illegal in the US. It's also illegal to possess prescription medication without a prescription. To be safe, get a note from your doctor detailing what meds you are taking, the dosage and frequency of use.
What is the legal drinking age in the US?
The federal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 21. However, state laws regarding possession and consumption can vary. Many young Aussie travellers have been caught out in this regard.
How do you travel to the USA from Australia if you’re a dual citizen?
While dual citizenship is recognised, it’s important to travel with both passports.
Do you need a visa to travel to the US from Australia on holiday?
If you’re going for less than 90 days, you can apply online for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and be able to enter under the Visa Waiver Program. If you're not eligible, you'll need a visa. Each traveller, including children, must have their own ESTA and visa waiver or visa. ESTA visas last two years.
Can I drive with an Australian licence in the US?
There are some states where you can get away with but you will get getting away with it. To save any hassle, get an International Driving Permit before you leave. You can get it through the NRMA and it costs $42.
What can they ask at US customs?
According to SmartTraveller , “officials may ask to inspect your electronic devices , emails, text messages or social media accounts.” They may also ask to see proof that you have enough money to cover your stay or an onward ticket that doesn't terminate in Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean unless you're a resident of one of those countries.
Can you go to the US unvaccinated?
Technically yes, but it’s a mission. If you're not fully vaccinated but qualify for an exception, you may be required to attest that: You'll be tested with a COVID-19 viral test 3 to 5 days after arrival in the US unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days; you'll self-quarantine for a full 7 days, even if the test result of the post-arrival viral test is negative, unless you have documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days; and you'll self-isolate if the result of the post-arrival test is positive or if you develop COVID-19 symptoms.
Wait, there’s more. If you're not fully vaccinated and intend to stay in the US for longer than 60 days, you may also be required to attest that: you agree to be vaccinated against COVID-19; and you have arranged to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 within 60 days of arriving in the US or as soon thereafter as is medically appropriate.
Do children need to be vaccinated to enter the US?
Children under the age of 18 are excepted from the vaccination requirement .
How long does it take to fly to the US?
A flight from the east coast of Australia to the west coast of the US takes around 14 to 16 hours. Bear in mind that you will arrive on the morning of the day you left!
How much do you tip in the US?
Fifteen per cent if it was average and 20 as a rule if your server helped you enjoy the meal/tour/service.
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Tourist visa to Australia for US Citizens
Cheapest and fastest visa for touristic purposes.
12 months total, up to 90 days each visit .
95% of tourist visas are granted within 24 hours .
If you are planning a visit to Australia for holiday, as a US citizen you will need an Australian tourist visa (also known as “Australian vacation visa”) .
A tourist visa for Australia is technically type of ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) visa: a visa that you simply apply for online without having to fill in a paper form or send in your passport to any embassy. This is why a touristic ETA permit is sometimes referred to also as “electronic tourist visa” or “e-tourist” visa : filling the Australian tourist visa form directly online is all there is to do .
To be able to apply for an Australian Tourist Visa you must be travelling to Australia for holiday or for visiting friends or family, and hold a valid passport.
In-depth information on Australian Tourist Visas
- Tourist Visas for Australia for American Citizens
- Australian Tourist Visa: How to Apply
- Tourist Visa Requirements for Americans
- Process and Processing Time of Australian Tourist Visas
- Duration and Validity of an Australia Tourist Visas
Types of Australian Tourist Visas (Alternatives to Australian Touristic ETA)
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A standard Australian tourist visa ( Electronic Travel Authorization ) authorizes visits of up to three months at a time and is valid for 12 months after the date of issue. Unlike traditional visas, there are no paper applications to complete, and you will have no visa labels or stamps in your passport. Instead, your tourist visa for Australia will be electronically attached to your passport.
United States’ citizens can apply for a tourist visa to Australia using their passport , and the passport number will then be linked to the visa. If you lose your passport or it is stolen before you enter Australia, you will need to re-apply for a new vacation visa.
Apart from the standard ETA tourism visa, there are a few more specific tourist visa types one can request in order to travel to Australia as a tourist: if you feel an ETA does not satisfy your needs, you will need to determine the most appropriate visa for you among other visa options.
The most common short-stay tourist visa types for Australia are:
- Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) – formally known as Australian Visa Subclass 601
- Work and Holiday Visa – formally known as Australian Visa Subclass 462
- Tourist stream – formally known as Australian Visa Subclass 600
Online Tourist Visa for Australia (ETA e-Tourist)
An e-tourist visa, which is also called an ETA, is a subclass 601 visa . You can use this visa to tour Australia, visit family or friends or study or train for short-term. Business visitors can also use this visa for short-term. An ETA tourist visa is a temporary visa that is valid for 12 months from the date of issue, and it is a multiple entry visa. For each entry, you can stay up to 3 months.
You can enter and leave as many times as you want as long as it is valid. However, the ETA cannot be extended: you must get another Australian tourist visa if you want to extend your holiday or stay longer for other reasons. U.S. passport holders who are planning trips shorter than 90 days are almost always immediately eligible for electronic tourist visas (ETAs) , which will be electronically matched to the traveler’s passport in the Australian immigration official databases.
More info on Online Tourist Visas for Australia (ETA) – updated for 2023:
- Both passport holders and travel agents can apply for ETAs.
- Overstaying a short stay tourist visa in Australia could lead to exclusion, detention and removal. If you plan to stay in Australia longer than 3 months per entry, please make sure you apply instead for the Long Term visa, subclass 600.
- Once you have your online tourist visa for Australia, you can use your e-passport at the SmartGate system when you arrive in Australia.
If you are not sure what tourist visa to apply for, we recommend you apply for this kind of visa .
Tourist Stream (Subclass 600)
The Tourist Stream visa is an alternative to the ETA tourist visa, but typically slower . Getting this holiday visa for Australia, you can visit family and friends, travel the country, and study or train for up to 3 months. This visa may be valid for between three months and 12 months, and you can request it for single entry or multiple entries. You can enter and leave as often as you want as long as the Tourist Stream is valid, but you may not stay more than 12 months during 18 months. This visa is also typically more expensive than an ETA and takes longer to process . Also, immigration office can request more documents from the applicant, for example a scanned copy of passport ID page or bank statement. In general, whenever possible we recommend applying for a Tourist ETA, for a faster – 100% online – visa release process.
Work and Holiday Visa Subclass 462
Getting a tourist visa for Australia also allowing you to work is possible: this is what an Australian Work and Holiday Visa is for , as this permits allows you to work during your stay in Australia, and to travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while working or studying.
With a work and holiday visa (often referred to also as “working holiday visa”) you can have the freedom to work to pay for your holiday, or study for up to 4 months . It is a temporary visa that is valid for up to 12 months from the date you enter the country. It cannot be extended. You can remain in the country up to 12 months, and you can leave and enter Australia as often as you like. Read more about work and holiday visas for Australia .
- Apply for WHV now
Additional type-independent Australian Tourist Visa Information:
- Regardless of the type of 2023 Australian tourist visa or ETA you need, it is highly recommended that you get health insuranc e to protect you during your time in Australia. You will be responsible for any healthcare costs that you incur while you are in Australia, and proper insurance coverage will help reduce your financial liability.
- Visas are electronically linked to your passport. There is no need for stamps or labels .
- Simplify the process by applying for your ETA tourist for Australia directly online as soon as possible .
Australian Tourist Visa for US Citizens: How to Apply
U.S. citizens need visas to travel to Australia. An Australian tourist visa requested from the USA via Electronic Travel Authorization will allow you to enter Australia for up to 90 days at a time for a year from the date of issue. After the first visit, subsequent visits are at the immigration officer’s discretion.
Getting a Tourist Visa to Australia from the USA
In order to get a tourist visa to Australia from USA you must have a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months upon entering Australia in order to comply with the requirements of most airlines flying to Australia – even though not strictly required by Australian Immigration Office) and obtain your US tourist visa to Australia before arriving in the country.
You may also need to complete a medical exam depending on your condition (any medical requirement – if needed – will be specified during the online application process). Visitors may also need to provide financial information upon request to receive their tourist visa. Also in this case, any requirement – if needed – will be specified during the online application process .
It is easy to apply for a tourist visa to Australia from the USA online: simply choose the right visa for your needs and follow the instructions on-screen. Most visa requests are processed and approved instantly .
Australian Tourist Visa Requirements for Americans
The conditions and eligibility for visas can vary based on the type of visa. Most U.S. citizens are eligible for ETAs as long as they hold valid passports.
US Passport Validity and Photo Requirements
We strongly recommend that your US passport be valid for at least 6 months upon entering Australia . This is why if your passport is due to expire soon or during the time you will be travelling, you may need to get a new passport before applying. Australian tourist visa photo requirements are similar to passport photos. Please ensure your photos are accurate and current.
Documents Required to US Citizens for an Australian Tourist Visa
The document checklist can vary based on the type of visa requested: with an ETA, you will only need your passport, and the ETA permit will be electronically attached to your passport.
For other visa types, you may be asked for other identification, including the biographical pages of your passport, travel documents and the IDs of your fellow travelers. Other required documents may be requested if authorities are not satisfied as to your identity.
Funds Required for an Australian Tourist Visa
When travelling to Australia, you may be required to show proof of funds. This can include displaying a minimum bank balance on your bank statement, audits, taxation records or other proof of satisfactory employment and income. After the application is processed, in the rare case a bank statement is required by Australian Immigration in order to verify your bank balance, an immigration officer will contact you .
Medical Requirements for an Australian Travel Visa
If you are applying for a non-ETA Australian visa and plan on staying in Australia for more than 6 months, you might be required to complete a health check and a chest X-ray. This can extend your visa application process up to 20 days. You are more likely to be required to complete a medical test if you are from a high-risk area or are over 75. In these cases, Yellow Fever is the only vaccination requirement.
Australian Tourist Visa Age Limits for American Citizens
For US passport holders willing to travel from USA to Australia there is no age limit on tourist visas . Of course, anyone who is travelling to Australia without an Australian passport will need a visa on arrival – and for a child under 18, the ETA will be based on the child’s passport. This means children will need separate ETAs, using details from their passports (children who are on their parents’ passports also need their own ETAs, but the information from their parents’ passport will be used).
Process and Processing Time for Australian Tourist Visas
Visa processing time for an australian eta tourist visa (subclass 601).
The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is the most commonly used Australian Tourist Visa. The process can be completed online and requires no extra application forms, no visa labels and no passport stamps.
To be eligible for and maintain your instant Australian tourist visa, you must abide by specific conditions, including – in order:
- Being free of criminal convictions
- Passing a health check as required
- Departing within the required time period
- Not working during your time in Australia
- Not engaging in study or training for more than three months
In general, the Australian tourist visa processing time for a Tourist Stream Visa (Subclass 600) can take from 48 hours to more than a month . A Tourist ETA though – which is the most common type of tourist visa – has a much lower estimated waiting time, as it is much faster to process. An ETA e-visa for tourists can often be requested and issued just days before your planned visit . It is a 100 percent secure, paperless process, and the visa will be electronically linked to your passport just moments after it has been issued.
However, we always recommend to request your Touristic ETA Visa at least a few weeks before departure , to avoid any risk. Don’t worry though – with an ETA, you can also track your application online via an online tracking system.
Australian Tourist Stream Visa (Subclass 600) Processing Time
The amount of time taken for an Australian tourist visa to be processed can vary based on how promptly you supply the supporting documents, your response to requests for further information, how long it takes to verify your information and peak processing times.
Also, the Australia tourist visa process is quite straightforward:
- Check that your current U.S. passport is valid.
- Apply for your visa.
- Wait for verification of receipt.
- Wait for notification of your status.
If the Australian tourist visa procedure was successful, you will be granted a visa. You can keep track of your progress using the online Australia tourist visa tracking system.
The maximum processing time for a conventional Australian tourist visa (Subclass 600) is about a month , with the waiting time ranging from 20 to 33 days in the vast majority of cases. For fast-tracked visas or ETAs, the waiting time can be mere minutes or days, especially if you have all the necessary documentation to complete the verification time.
Finally, as far as Work and Holiday Visa Processing Times are concerned, we recommend you check the dedicated page on this site .
Duration and Validity of an Australia Tourist Visa
Tourist visas are valid for varying periods of time, depending on the type of visa.
The ETA is a 12-month tourist visa . It is a popular visa, but it is limited regarding the length of stay and only allows visitors to remain in Australia for 3 months or 90 days at a time . You can enter as often as you like as long during the one year the tourist visa is valid.
For a visit of longer duration or if you want to stay more than 3 months during any period, you will need a different Australian visa. The tourist visa stream (Subclass 600) has a length and duration that can vary based on the purpose of the stay. In most cases though, Australian tourist visa validity lasts at least 12 months .
As an example, the Australian e600 visitor visa is a 6-month tourist visa for Australia. It also allows you to stay in the country up to one year depending on the reasons for your visit. You can also enter and leave the country as needed as long as the visa is valid.
The subclass 870 visa instead is a longer-term 3-year tourist visa specifically designed for parents. With it, parents can stay in Australia for 3 or 5 years and no more than 10 years. This allows them to enter and re-enter Australia as needed to visit their stepchildren, adopted children or biological children more conveniently and affordably.
Whether you are planning an Australian trip that lasts 2 weeks, 90 days or even a year, there is a visa designed to suit your purpose. Check and apply online to find the right one for you or to explore samples of tourist visas.
There are several types of tourist visas in Australia that may apply if you do not qualify for a Tourist ETA or if the ETA does not suit you needs, such as a work and holiday visa or other types of Australian visas for tourism. Here they are:
Australian Work and Holiday Visa
Australian Tourist Stream Visa (Subclass 600 – Application form 1419)
The Australian tourist visa stream Subclass 600 (to which people apply using form n.1419) is a 6-month tourist visa for Australia. It also allows you to stay in the country up to one year depending on the reasons for your visit. You can also enter and leave the country as needed as long as the visa is valid.
Australian Visiting Academic Visa
The former Australia Tourist Visa 419 is closed to new applications for 2023 . However, the Tourist Visa Subclass 408 may be an alternative. This visa, which is also called the Temporary Activity Visa, allows you to participate in special approved programs, including:
- Gap year volunteer work
- Cultural enrichment programs
- Youth exchanges
- Community programs
- School language assistants
This visa is valid for up to 12 months.
Australia Tourist Visa 771 (Australia Transit Visa)
Also known as the Australian Transit Visa, this visa allows people to spend up to 72 hours in Australia to “pass through”. With this visa, you may not spend more than 72 hours in the country.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about re-entering Australia with a tourist visa, about extending your stay in Australia as a tourist or about renewing your tourist visa while you are in Australia.
Is the Australian tourist visa multiple entry?
The Australian ETA is good for 90 days at a time, also allowing multiple-entries . This means that within one year sinve when the ETA Tourist visa has been issued you can enter, leav and re-enter Australia as many times as you wish – as long as each entry lasts a maximum of 90 days.
However, if your current visa is due to expire while you are still in the country, you will need to apply for an Australian tourist visa renewal, via a Long-stay tourist visa application .
What happens if I stay too long and my Australian tourist visa has expired?
Overstaying your stay with a tourist visa in Australia will result in your becoming an “unlawful non-citizen” – which can lead to detention and removal from the country. Worse, it could interfere with your ability to re-enter Australia on a tourist visa in the future. If you overstay your visa by more than 28 days, you could even become excluded and prevented from re-entering Australia on a tourist visa for as long as 3 years. Don’t do it.
Can I change my Australian visa once I am in the country?
No, you cannot change your visa type , such as an Australia tourist visa multiple entry, once you are in the country. However, you can apply for a further stay via the Long-Stay Tourist Visa, subclass 676.
What are my other options for extending my tourist visa?
Because the consequences of an Australia tourist visa overstay can be so serious, it is critical that you apply for a tourist visa renewal or extension as soon as possible and before your visa has expired . Applying online is fast and convenient.
- Extend your visa
If you are planning to travel to Australia with a ETA Tourst Visa, you must know that it is not legal to work with an ETA . ETA-visitors have no right to “work”. However, they can do volunteer work or engage in other business activities, such as business meetings, conferences or seminars . Of course, you can stay in Australia on your tourist visa while looking for work, but once you found it you should obtain a different kind of visa in order to legally maintain your work.
However, working on a “tourist visa” in Australia is fairly common – especially for those who wish to work to pay for their holidays. If you want to legally work in Australia during your holiday though you will need a special, dedicated visa – not an ETA. This visa is called “ Work and Holiday Visa ” (often referred to also as “Working Holiday Visa”).
You can do any kind of work or jobs while on a tourist visa in Australia. However, your Work and Holiday Visa must be used within one year of the date it is issued, and it will be active for 12 months from the date you enter the country.
A working holiday visa cannot be extended: if you choose to stay longer, you must apply for a new visa. Additionally, you cannot bring dependent children or other family members with you, and you must pay taxes from anything you earn during your tourist visa working days.
The cost for a work and holiday tourist visa is of $ 625.00 as of 2023, but additional costs may also arise, including costs for police certificates, biometrics and health checks. Processing time can take from 13 to 22 days but may take longer if more information is needed or for verification purposes. Private health insurance coverage is highly recommended during your stay in the country. Read more about Work and Holiday Australian Visas for US Citizens here .
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According to Australia Marriage Law, you do not need to be an Australian resident to get married in Australia . You simply need the tourist visa (e.g. visa subclass 651) and you must file a Notice of Intended Marriage form along with any other requested documents .
If you are planning on getting married in Australia on a tourist visa, your celebrant can help ensure you meet all necessary requirements , including that you:
- Are not married to anyone else
- Are not marrying to a closely related family member
- Are at least 18 years old
- Freely consent to the marriage
Notice that if you plan to live in Australia after marriage, you might need to apply for permanent residency as needed .
In order to obtain your Australian Tourist Visa, you will need to pay an application charge when applying for your visa – plus all costs related to the visa release. The total Australia tourist visa cost can therefore vary based on the type of visa and when you apply. Both paper applications and e-visas such as ETA tourist visa costs must be paid online , and forms of payment accepted are credit cards and PayPal.
While there are no Australia tourist visa fees associated with the ETA, there is an online service charge of $ 69.00 .
The cost of a Work and Holiday visa is instead of $ 625.00 .
The visa application fee may change periodically: if the Australian immigration tourist visa fees increase between the date of the application and the date of the receipt, the new fee will apply.
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Australian Visa and Entry Requirements FAQs
Learn about visa requirements for entry to Australia for tourism purposes with this list of frequently asked questions.
Please note this page is intended to provide general information only and does not constitute legal advice. Tourism Australia is not the Australian government visa granting authority. For information on visas to enter Australia, visitors should seek the most up-to-date information from Australian Government Department of Home Affairs .*
Ready to plan your trip? We're ready to welcome you! Here are some helpful tips for getting your visa sorted:
- Be sure to secure the appropriate visa before travelling to Australia. Use the Visa Finder to explore your options.
- Ensure all details are correct and provide all required documents when you apply. An incomplete or incorrect application can delay your visa.
- Submitting multiple applications at the same time can slow the process. For visitor visas, submit one application per person, including children.
- Questions? The Australian Government's Global Service Centre can help.
Australian Visa Information
Unless you are an Australian citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders, regardless of age, must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of Australian visa types, including tourist visas and working holiday visas, via the ETA app or on the Department of Home Affairs website.
There are different Australian visa types available for travellers to Australia. Knowing which Australian visa to apply for depends on the length of your stay, your passport and the purpose of your visit. You’ll also need to meet certain financial and medical requirements, be outside of Australia when applying and maintain health insurance for the duration of your stay.
Electronic Travel Authority visa (subclass 601) This visa allows you to visit Australia as many times as you want, for up to a year, and stay for three months each visit. This visa is available to passport holders from a number of countries and regions, who live outside Australia. A step-by-step guide on how to apply is here .
All ETA-eligible passport holders must apply for an ETA using the Australian ETA app. Agents can assist you in the application process, but you must be physically present as a live facial image is required.
eVisitor (subclass 651) This is a free visa for multiple visits to Australia for tourism or business purposes for up to three months at a time within a 12-month period. This visa is available to passport holders from a number of European countries and it cannot be extended.
Visitor visa (subclass 600) The Visitor visa allows you to visit Australia, either for tourism or business purposes. It is open to all nationalities. Generally, a period of stay of up to three months is granted, but up to 12 months may be granted in certain circumstances. Applicants will have to pay a fee to submit their application.
The application process may differ depending on which visa you need.
You can only apply for the Electronic Travel Authority visa (subclass 601) through the Australian ETA app. A step-by-step guide on how to apply is located here .
For other visas, you can apply online by creating an ImmiAccount and completing the application process. Be sure to submit your application well in advance of your travel date to allow enough time for processing. You may be asked to provide further supporting information. You will be notified in writing if your tourist visa is approved and it will be digitally linked to your passport. For more information on different visa types, and Australian visa requirements including how to apply for an Australian visa, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
If you are already in Australia and hold a valid Electronic Travel Authority visa (subclass 601) you can extend your stay by applying for another visa, such as a Visitor visa (subclass 600). An eVisitor (subclass 651) cannot be extended.
See the Department of Home Affairs website for details.
Working Holiday Visas
Australia's Working Holiday Maker program allows visitors aged under 30 (or 35 in certain cases) who hold a passport from a participating country to travel and work in Australia. Working holiday visas are valid for one year, or up to three years if you meet certain conditions.
Find out more about working holiday visas here .
*Australian visa regulations (including visa application charges) change from time to time. The information provided here is valid at the time of publication, but visitors should check this information is still current by visiting the Australian Department of Home Affairs .
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COVID-19 and the border Find up to date information on Australia’s COVID-19 immigration and border arrangements on the Department of Home Affairs' website . Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) From 6 April 2022, all ETA-eligible passport holders can now apply for an ETA using the Australian ETA app. For more information, see our Step by step guide .
If you are unable to use the app, you can apply online through ImmiAccount for another visa that suits your needs.
European passport holders may be eligible for an eVisitor (subclass 651) .
At this time, ETA lodgement is only available through the Australian ETA app. To apply you must lodge the application via the ETA app which you can download for free from the Apple Store (Apple) or Google Play store (Android) .
You can apply for an ETA through the app if:
- you meet all ETA eligibility requirements ; and
- you hold a passport from an eligible country .
Whether you are visiting Australia for a short period of time or planning to migrate, you must have a valid Australian visa.
Information on visas to Australia can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website .
Explore visa options on the department's website to help you find the visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances.
VISA APPLICATIONS, FEES AND PROCESSING TIMES
Most visa applications can be lodged online by creating an ImmiAccount . This is our preferred method of visa lodgement to helps us process your application faster.
If you are lodging an application in the US, please refer to the following information before submitting your application:
- Processing times
- Visa requirements (health, character, biometrics)
- Translation of documents not in English
Please note, you should not book flights or make travel commitments until you have a valid visa to travel to Australia. The Department of Home Affairs will not be liable for any financial loss incurred by travellers whose visa application was finalised later than expected, or where an application is not successful.
Beware of Visa Scams
To avoid being scammed, you can check the Register of Migration Agents on the OMARA website , to receive the protections of an OMARA registered Migration Agent.
There are Australian registered migration agents working all around the world. These agents are subject to the same Code of Conduct, professional development and regulations as registered migration agents based in Australia. More information about Australia's efforts to ensure the integrity of the migration advice profession is available at: www.mara.gov.au .
Further information on visa scams is available on the Department of Home Affairs website .
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All non-Australian citizens traveling to Australia require a visa or visas waiver issued by the Australian Government. For information on immigration requirements for Australia, please refer to the information on the Australian Department of Home Affairs website .
If you have experienced issues applying for an Australian visa, or wish to follow up on the status of an application, you will need to contact Australian Home Affairs for assistance. The U.S. Consulates cannot access Australian Immigration records, and are unable to assist with these inquiries. If you are currently outside Australia, please contact your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate .
Denied entry to Australia
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Although the vast majority of U.S. citizens who travel to Australia with a visa or visa-waiver are admitted without incident, Australian authorities have the right and responsibility for enforcing their laws. As a result not everyone who arrives in Australia is permitted to enter. When travelers are refused entry, the Australian authorities usually order them returned to the airport from which they last departed, or return them to the United States. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Australia are unable to intervene on your behalf if you are denied entry into Australia, and we cannot attempt to influence the Australian Government’s decision.
What to expect if denied entry to Australia
If you are denied entry into Australia, you will be held at the airport until arrangements can be made to return you to the United States or another country where you hold a valid visa to reside. You are not under arrest – you are simply not eligible to enter Australia on this visit.
You will generally be removed from Australia on the next available flight offered by your carrier. However, in cases where you would have a long wait for your return flight, Australian Immigration may put you in a temporary detention center until a suitable flight is available. Conditions in the detention center are comfortable and you will be given food and water, and access to a telephone and medical treatment if necessary.
What to do if you are denied entry to Australia
Stay calm. Do not attempt to dispute the official’s decision – once you have been found inadmissible, you will not be permitted to enter. Inform Australian authorities if you have any medical condition, or are in need of medical treatment.
Listen, and ask why you were not admitted. Be sure you clearly understand what you will need to do the next time you intend to travel to Australia. Ask for documentation of the refusal as you may require it if you need to apply for an Australian visa.
Active Duty military members visiting Australia
Current members of the U.S. military should contact the Defense Attaché Office (DAO) at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra for all military travel inquiries, including R&R. The ACS units at the U.S. Consulates cannot assist you. Always use your official email when corresponding with the DAO. Do not use personal emails, as these are regularly classified as junk email, and will not be responded to.
Responses to common inquiries:
- When applying for a visa/visa-waiver to Australia, use your current U.S. address. Do not use your APO/DPO address, or your address where you are currently stationed.
- APACS clearances are processed based on date of travel, not date of application. To follow up on an APACS clearance, contact the DAO at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra .
· Sydney - (02) 8219-2100
· Melbourne – (03) 9526-5900
· Perth – (08) 6144-5100
Outside of Office Hours, contact:
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· Melbourne – (03) 9389-3601
· Perth – (08) 9476-0081
Outside of Australia:
· Sydney - (301) 985-8663
· Melbourne - (301) 985-8662
· Perth – (301) 985-8664
For police, ambulance or fire brigade, dial: 000 (triple zero), Australia wide
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Australian entry requirements for U.S. citizens
U.S. nationals make up the 5th largest group of international visitors to Australia each year. Over 90,000 Americans make the trip annually.
If you’re one of the many United States citizen travelling to Australia, you must meet the entry requirements for your nationality. This includes having a valid Australian visa and meeting all health requirements.
The following page explains Australia’s entry requirements for U.S. passport holders and other useful travel information.
What do U.S. citizens need to travel to enter Australia?
Americans must have the following documents to enter Australia as a U.S. citizen:
- Valid U.S. passport
- Australia visa or travel authorization
Americans, like other international travellers, must also comply with Australia’s other travel rules, such as being in good health and not having any serious criminal convictions .
Learn more about Australia’s general entry requirements .
What Australian visa type do U.S. citizens need?
U.S. citizens have 2 visa options when travelling to Australia:
- Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) : requested online
- Embassy visa : obtained in person
ETA Australia for U.S. citizens
The ETA Australia (visa subclass 601) is the most popular choice for U.S. citizens, as the application process is completely electronic .
The travel authorization for Australia has the following features:
- Validity period : 1 year
- Number of entries : Multiple
- Length of stay : 90 days each time
- Reason for travel : Tourism, business, transit
You can request an ETA for U.S. citizens in a matter of minutes using our simple online application form . The approved travel authorization is then emailed to you.
U.S. Embassy registration with VisitAustralia
An additional benefit to applying for your ETA through our website is our embassy registration option.
U.S. citizens can automatically register with the United States Embassy in Australia through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .
Benefits of registering with your embassy include:
- Travel updates and news
- Registered location in case of safety concerns
- Communication in case of an emergency back home
To register with STEP, simply select the “Embassy Registration” option on our application form.
Australian embassy visa for U.S. citizens
If the ETA Australia does not fit your travel plans, you’ll need to go to an Australian embassy or consulate in person to request a visa.
You’ll need an embassy visa if you plan to stay in Australia for longer than 90 days , or if you intend to work or study once you’re there.
There are different visas available for U.S. citizens, such as the Work and Holiday Visa (visa subclass 462), which allows you to work white you are in Australia.
You can contact the nearest Australian embassy or consulate in your state to find out more about which visas they offer. Australian missions to the U.S. include:
- Australian Embassy, Washington D.C
- Australian Consulate-General, Chicago
- Australian Consulate-General, Honolulu
- Australian Consulate-General, Houston
- Australian Consulate-General, Los Angeles
- Australian Consulate-General, San Francisco
- Australian Consulate, Denver
- Australian Consulate, Miami
What are Australia’s health requirements for Americans?
Americans travelling to Australia must not represent a threat to the Australian community. In the case of health requirements, this means not having a highly infectious disease or a condition that may result in a burden to the Australian health system.
Health requirements are usually assessed through health-related questions in the visa application form . However, in rare cases, some passengers may be asked to provide health certificates or undergo medical examinations while in Australia.
Australia entry rules for U.S. citizens: FAQ
Do u.s. citizens need an australia visa.
Yes, Americans must have a valid visa to enter Australia. All foreign nationals, except New Zealand passport holders, must meet this requirement. Americans cannot enter Australia without a visa .
However, you can avoid going through an in-person visa application at an Australian diplomatic mission in the U.S. by applying for the ETA online .
What do I need to visit Australia from the U.S.?
Americans travelling to Australia must have a valid U.S. passport and an approved visa or travel authorization.
How long can U.S. citizens stay in Australia?
U.S. passport holders with a valid ETA Australia can stay in the country for up to 90 days . The document is multiple-entry, meaning you can use the same authorization to leave Australia and re-enter, staying 90 days each time.
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Consular sections overseas may be able to expedite your interview date if there is an urgent, unforeseen situation such as a funeral, medical emergency, or school start date. The process to request an expedited nonimmigrant visa interview varies by location. You should refer to the instructions on the website of the Embassy or Consulate Visa Section where you will interview, or on their online appointment scheduling site. You will need to provide proof of the need for an earlier appointment.
In all cases : You must first submit the online visa application form (DS-160), pay the application fee, and schedule the first available interview appointment. Only at this point will a consular section consider your request for an expedited appointment.
Note: Travel for the purpose of attending weddings and graduation ceremonies, assisting pregnant relatives, participating in an annual business/academic/professional conference, or enjoying last-minute tourism does not qualify for expedited appointments. For such travel, please schedule a regular visa appointment well in advance.
These estimates do not include time required for administrative processing, which may affect some applications. When administrative processing is required, the timing will vary based on individual circumstances of each case.
There are only two possible outcomes for U.S. visa applications. The consular officer will either issue or refuse the visa. If a visa applicant has not established that he or she is eligible for a visa, the consular officer must refuse that application. However, some refused visa applications may require further administrative processing. When administrative processing is required, the consular officer will inform the applicant at the end of the interview. The duration of the administrative processing will vary based on the individual circumstances of each case. At the conclusion of the administrative processing period, the consular officer might conclude that an applicant is now qualified for the visa for which he or she applied. The officer may also conclude that the applicant remains ineligible for a visa. Visa applicants are reminded to apply early for their visas, well in advance of the anticipated travel date.
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Australian Visa for US Citizens
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There are a few types of Australian visas for US citizens . However, the most convenient option is to apply for the ETA ( Electronic Travel Authority ), which is an electronic visa issued for tourism and business-related purposes.
US citizens can apply for the Australian eTA online within minutes. Continue reading to find out more about the visa requirements and the details of the online application.
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All foreign nationals, with the exception of New Zealanders, must hold a valid visa in order to enter Australia . Therefore, citizens of America cannot enjoy visa-free entry to Australia .
Moreover, no visas are issued on arrival in Australia , which means that Americans are required to get an Australian visa before departure.
ETA for US citizens – basic information
US citizens are eligible for eTA to Australia (visa subclass 601) , which enables visiting Australia for the purpose of leisure, business, or transit. As a multiple-entry visa, it allows entering the country numerous times and staying there up to 3 months each time . The validity period is 1 year and it starts from the date of issue.
The eTA is quite similar to the standard visa . The only difference is the process of application. There are 8 countries in total, including the USA, that can apply for eTA to Australia. As a holder of a valid Australian ETA, you can use it for:
- family and friend reunions
Important note: eTA does not entitle you to work in Australia. You can only use it to handle some business affairs, such as participating in business conferences/meetings, negotiating contracts, or looking for business opportunities. US citizens wishing to move to Australia for work should consider applying for a relevant work visa or permit. For more information, they should contact the nearest Australian diplomatic mission.
*eTA can be used for short-term study purposes (courses of max. 3-month period) unless education is not your main traveling reason to go to Australia.
Not only applying online takes less time than the standard visa process, but it is also easy to manage.
Go to the Australian visa application , and simply follow three very intuitive steps
Fill out the Australian visa application form
Provide all the required details, including your personal data, contact information, passport, and travel details. Once you have completed the form, you will need to check whether all the information is correct. Only after making sure that your online form is error-free you should move to the second step.
Cover the service fee
In order to submit your ETA application, you will need to cover the service fee. There are many options for online payment , e.g, a credit/debit card or PayPal.
Once the payment has been registered, the confirmation number will be sent to the email address provided in the online application form. Make sure you have this number, as it is necessary to be able to verify the status of your application.
NOTE : The application process is quite simple and anyone can do it online.
Receive the approved Australian visa
The approved Electronic Travel Authority for Australia will be linked to your passport as soon as the Australian Government approves it. There is no need to print it out as the eTA is automatically attached to the applicant’s passport .
The customs officials will verify it by asking you to show valid passport upon arrival in Australia. Please note that the ETA processing time is an individual issue and is at the total discretion of the Australian authorities.
Some delays may occur if the submitted form contains errors, untrue information, or when the application is sent close to public holidays in Australia.
US citizens must meet certain requirements to apply for the Australian eTA. Nevertheless, these conditions are minimal and are reduced to a few documents .
Additionally, Americans traveling to Australia must also meet some health requirements and not breach the conditions of the visa, such as the traveling purpose or validity of the visa.
To apply for eTA from the USA , it is necessary to have only one document, which is a valid US passport . Applicants from the USA with dual citizenship can use either an American or non-US passport. However, using the passport of another nationality is accepted only if the second nationality is listed among the eligible ones for the Australian eTA.
Moreover, the US nationals must use the very same passport, the details of which were provided in the eTA application, to cross the Australian borders. Showing different passport may result in some issues or even entry denial.
Please also bear in mind that a passport must remain valid for at least 6 months and have min. 1 blank page for stamping purposes. Depending on certain circumstances, some individuals may also be asked to submit some additional documents .
All foreign citizens, including Americans, must also meet some health requirements to enter Australia. A person arriving in Australia under no circumstances can pose a threat to Australian citizens .
The most important health requirements include not being infected with diseases such as TB. An eTA applicant must answer health-related questions when filling out the online application form. These questions help prevent entry for travelers who might pose some danger to the Australian community.
Due to the outbreak of the pandemic, the Australian authorities have also introduced some additional measures to protect the health of the general public. These regulations are constantly changing. Before traveling, please remember to check the latest updates.
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Australia e-Visa Information
Yes, Americans generally require a visa to enter Australia. However, the specific visa requirements may vary depending on the purpose and duration of your visit. The Australia e-visa, also known as the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), is available for 34 nationalities, including Americans, for short-term tourist or business visits.
No, the Australia e-visa (ETA) does not permit Americans or any other nationality to work in Australia. It is designed for short-term tourist or business visits only. If you intend to work in Australia, you would typically need to apply for a different type of visa, such as a work visa or skilled visa, which have separate eligibility criteria and application processes.
The processing time for an Australian e-visa (ETA ) can vary. The visa is generally granted within 05 hours to 03 business days. It is advisable to apply for the e-visa well in advance of your intended travel dates to allow for any potential processing delays.
The Australia e-visa typically allows Americans to stay in Australia for a maximum period of three months (90 days) per visit. This duration is counted from the date of entry into Australia. It's important to note that the e-visa is generally valid for multiple entries within a 12-month period, allowing travelers to enter and exit Australia multiple times during that timeframe, as long as each visit does not exceed the maximum stay of three months.
When considering a visit to Australia for tourist or short business purposes, it is essential to consider the appropriate visa types available. Depending on the purpose of your trip, there exists a suitable visa category for Americans seeking entry into Australia. Here is an overview of the different visa options and their key features:
Tourist e-Visa (multiple-entry) : This visa is designed for individuals planning a visit to Australia for tourism purposes or casual family visits. Valid for one year from the date of issuance, it allows for multiple entries during this period. Each visit is permitted for a maximum duration of 03 months.
Business e-Visa (multiple-entry) : This visa category facilitates visits to Australia for business purposes and allows for multiple entries within a 12-month period, commencing from the date of the e-visa grant. During each visit, individuals are permitted to stay in Australia for a maximum duration of three months.
Australia e-visa requirements for Americans
Australia's governmental authorities have established comprehensive prerequisites that must be qualified by visitors from the United States. These specific conditions, collectively known as the Australian e-visa requirements, are essential to ensure a smooth and lawful entry into the country. To be eligible for an e-Visa, Americans are required:
- Have a valid USA passport: The passport should have a minimum validity of at least 06 months from the date of entry into Australia. This ensures that the passport remains valid throughout the duration of the visit.
- The e-visa application form: Americans need to diligently fill out the e-visa application form, providing accurate and up-to-date information.
- A valid email address: A functional and active email address should be provided during the application process. This enables efficient communication and ensures that all correspondence related to the e-visa is received promptly.
- A copy of the passport's biographical page: A clear, legible scan of the biographical page of the applicant's passport should be provided as part of the application.
- A photograph: Applicants must provide a recent photograph that meets the specified guidelines. The photograph should be clear, focused, and prominently feature the applicant's face to aid in identification.
It is essential for each applicant to carefully follow these guidelines in order to submit a successful application and get an e-visa to Australia.
The process of getting a visa for Australia is conducted completely on the Internet. Americans can perform the action from any convenient place with an internet connection. Following our instructions to get your e-visa for Australia today.
- Step 1: Access the Australian Immigration Services website, select “ Apply Visa ” to begin.
- Step 2: Select the appropriate visa for your trip, the number of the applicant, and provide basic information as requirements.
- Step 3: Complete the application form by proceeding to the payment. Do remember to double-check your information to minimize the interruption during the processing.
- Step 4: Once you have completed the application, submit the payment and wait for further visa approval. The result will be sent to your email address.
- Additionally, applicants can also track the status of their application by selecting “ Check Status ”. This service is available for our clients only.
How to apply Australian e visa for US citizens
At Australia Immigration Services, we understand the importance of timely visa processing for American travelers planning their visit to Australia. We offer three different processing time services, including Standard processing, Rush processing, and Super-Rush processing, also known as our Rush Visa services . Allow us to provide you with a guideline regarding the processing times for the Australia e-visa.
Standard processing: Our Standard processing service ensures that your e-visa application will be processed within 3 business days. This reliable option offers a reasonable turnaround time for most travelers.
Rush processing: If you require a faster processing time, our Rush processing service guarantees that your e-visa application will be processed within 24 working hours. This option expedites the processing of your visa application, allowing you to receive your e-visa promptly. This service is ideal for those with a tighter travel schedule.
Super-Rush processing: For those who require the quickest processing time available, our Super-Rush processing service ensures that your e-visa application will be processed within 5 working hours. This premium service offers expedited processing to accommodate urgent travel plans. We recommend selecting this option if you have an imminent departure date.
Please note that the processing times mentioned above are indicative and refer to the duration it takes for us to process your visa application. The overall timeframe for receiving your e-visa may also depend on external factors, such as the accuracy and completeness of your application, any additional document requests, and the efficiency of the payment process.
Regarding the cost of the Australia e-visa for American citizens, you please note that the Australia e-visa fees consist of two components: the Government fee and the Service fee .
The Government fee is the fee set by the Australian government for processing visa applications. The Service fee covers the administrative and processing services provided by Australia Immigration Services. The total cost of the e-visa includes both these fees.
To ensure a convenient payment process, we offer multiple payment methods for applicants. You can make the payment using Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, or American Express. These widely accepted payment methods offer flexibility and ease of transaction.
If you prefer to make a wire transfer, we have partnered with the Bank of Cyprus to facilitate this payment option. The Bank of Cyprus provides a secure and reliable platform for wire transfers, ensuring your payment reaches us safely.
Please note that the specific amounts for the Government fee and the Service fee may vary based on the type of visa you are applying for. Therefore, we recommend visiting our official website or contacting our customer support team to obtain the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding the fees associated with the Australia e-visa for American citizens.
Furthermore, to ensure a wonderful experience trip to Australia, our experts highly recommend travelers purchase additional Travel Insurance to maximize their benefits and prevent any financial risk situation when traveling in Australia.
At Australia Immigration Services, we are committed to providing transparent and professional visa services to our valued clients. We understand the importance of a seamless visa application process, and we strive to make it as convenient as possible for you.
Australia e-visa fees for Americans
Australian Embassy In The United States
There are several Australian High Commissions and Consulates located in the United States. The Australian Embassy in the United States serves as the primary diplomatic mission between Australia and the United States. The embassy provides various consular services, including assistance to Australian citizens in need of consular support while in the United States. If American travelers require diplomatic assistance during their visit to Australia, they can contact the embassy for guidance and support.
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Australia requirements for united states citizens faqs.
American citizens traveling to Australia do require a visa to enter the country. The type of visa needed depends on the purpose and duration of their visit. The Australian Government offers several visa options to cater to different travel purposes, such as tourism, business, work, study, and more.
It is worth noting that visa requirements may change over time. It is strongly recommended for American citizens to check the Australia Immigration Services website or contact us for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding visa requirements before planning their travel to Australia.
How many types of Australia e-visa are there for American citizens?
When planning a trip to Australia, whether for pleasure or for business, it is necessary to consider the availability of visa types. Depending on the purpose of their visit, American citizens considering admission to Australia can apply for a suitable visa type. The following is an overview of the e-visa options at the Australia Immigration Services :
- Tourist e-Visa (multiple-entry): This visa is intended for visitors to Australia for tourism or visit purposes. It is effective for a year from the date of issuance and allows for multiple entries during the period of validity. Each trip is restricted to a maximum stay of three months.
- Business e-Visa (multiple-entry): This visa type permits business trips to Australia within a period of 12 months, beginning on the day the e-visa is granted. Individuals are authorized to stay in Australia for a maximum of three months during each visit.
How much does Australia e-visa cost for American citizens?
To acquire an Australian visa, US passport holders must complete 02 types of visa payments: the Government fee and the Service fee . The Government fee is obligatory and is paid directly to the Australian Department of Home Affairs for visa issuance. On the other hand, the Service fee is paid for our service and assistance.
The Rush Visa service provides 03 options for the visa processing time, each accompanied by its own corresponding service fee:
- Standard service: This standardized service is the cheapest option for those who would like to get an ETA within 3 business days.
- Urgent service: For those who want to get ETA within 24 hours. Travelers need to pay an additional $79.
- Super Urgent service: This service has the fastest process for those who want to get ETA within 5 business hours. This service requires a $99 service fee.
Americans on an e-visa, such as an ETA or eVisitor visa, are typically not allowed to work in Australia. These visas are only valid for short-term stays and do not grant work authorization. If an American citizen desires to work in Australia, they must normally apply for a particular work visa, such as the TSS visa, which has its own application and approval procedure.
American citizens seeking a TSS visa must have an employment offer from an Australian employer and prepare to sponsor them. The company would have to go through the sponsoring process and establish that a foreign worker is truly needed to fill the post. This visa permits firms to sponsor talented overseas employees to fill positions that the local labor market cannot supply. For the related matters, kindly contact your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate for more details.
The Australian ETA will automatically expire after one year from the issued date; therefore, travelers should carefully check their visa's validity to avoid overstaying their visa. American citizens who have been granted an Australia e-visa are permitted to travel there more than once and stay there for up to 90 days for each trip.
- The multiple-entry Australia Tourist e-Visa , which permits holders to stay in Australia for up to 03 months per visit, is valid for one year from the day it is granted.
- Australia Business ETA with several entries is issued for business-related activity. It permits Singapore passport holders to enter Australia for 90 days each time, and it is valid for up to a year from the date of issuance.
How do Americans apply for an Australia e-visa online?
The process of applying for an Australia e-visa is conducted entirely online. The process generally will not take more than 20 minutes to complete. However, it is recommended that Americans apply for an e-visa in advance before their departure date to avoid any unpleasant events.
- Step 1: Click “ Apply Visa ” to begin. Applicants must give some trip information as well as personal data at this phase (Full name, gender, date of birth, nationality, passport number)
- Step 2: Ensure you select the appropriate for your trip, number of the applicants, and the processing time service.
- Step 3: Review your information, and select your preferred method of payment. The information must be precise and up-to-date.
- Step 4: Once you have checked everything, submit the application and complete the visa payment.
Please take note that your visa will be delivered by email after it has been granted. Remember to download and print your visa on the paper provided at the airport board before you travel.
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Australian passport renewal: Everything you must know
Whether traveling for business, vacation, or other reasons, you must have an up-to-date and valid passport. Navigating the process of the Australia passport renewal doesn't have to be daunting. This comprehensive guide will make the process straightforward and stress-free.
This article will provide detailed information, breaking down each step and requirement. We'll cover everything from eligibility criteria to application methods, fees, and processing times, ensuring you have all the information needed for a successful passport renewal .
Eligibility criteria for Australian passport renewal
To renew your Australian passport, you must fulfill certain eligibility criteria . Ensure you meet these requirements:
Your most recent passport was issued when you were 16 or older and hasn’t expired for over three years.
Your passport is in good condition, meaning it's not damaged or altered significantly.
There have been no changes in your personal details, such as your name or gender, since your last passport was issued.
Your passport has not been reported lost, stolen, or canceled.
You'll likely need to apply for a new adult passport if you don't meet these criteria . Check these requirements before starting the renewal process to avoid any unnecessary complications.
Documents required for Australian passport renewal
As with any document application process, there’s some paperwork involved. Here are the items applicants must gather to renew their Australian passports:
Requirements for adult passport applications
Your most recent Australian passport, even if it has expired.
Two passport photos that meet the Australian Government's photo requirements .
Supporting documents requested for a child passport renewal
The child's most recent Australian passport.
Two recent passport photos that comply with the specified photo requirements .
The child’s birth certificate.
Evidence that the child is an Australian citizen.
Documents that prove any change of name.
Any court orders and additional passport forms we require to establish who has parental responsibility for the child.
How to apply for an Australian passport renewal
Applying for a passport renewal can be done through various methods, each designed to cater to different preferences and circumstances.
How to apply for an Australia Passport Renewal online:
The online application is the most convenient way for the majority:
Visit the Australian Passport Office website and start the online renewal application.
Lodge your application at a participating Post Office. Submit the form and required documents.
Pay the application fee when lodging your application. Australia Post accepts EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, or cash for payment, and the passport office accepts EFTPOS, MasterCard, or Visa only.
You’ll receive an email or SMS once your passport is ready. If you choose to receive your passport by post, it should arrive within three weeks of the government notification.
Applying for an Australia passport renewal by phone
For those who prefer a more traditional approach or do not have internet access:
Call the Australian Passport Information Service at 131 232 and request a pre-filled renewal form.
Once you receive the form, complete it and gather the necessary documents .
Submit your passport renewal application at a designated Post Office with the required documents.
Pay the passport fees at the time of submission. You can pay at the Post Office using EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, or cash, whereas the passport office accepts only EFTPOS, MasterCard, or Visa.
You’ll be informed via email or SMS when your passport is ready . If you opted for postal delivery, expect your passport to arrive approximately three weeks after receiving this government notification.
How to apply for a passport renewal at the Australian Consulate General or Embassy
For Australians living or traveling abroad:
Visit your nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate . Request the application form; sometimes, booking an appointment to submit your application may be required.
Complete the passport application form and gather the necessary documents.
Go to the Embassy or Consulate to submit your application and pay the passport fees . Check which payment methods are available at the location.
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will notify you via SMS or email when your new passport is ready to pick up.
Cost for passport renewal in Australia
The cost of renewing an Australian passport in 2023 is as follows:
Passport renewal rees:
10-year validity passport: $325
5-year validity passport (under 16): $164
5-year validity passport (75 and over): $164
Replacement passport: $204
Emergency passport overseas: $204
Priority processing: $237 (Available to eligible customers in Australia only) Click here to check the criteria to apply ).
Overseas surcharge (adult): $146
Overseas surcharge (child): $71
Observation after issuance: $16
The Australian government sets these fees, and they can be updated at any time. Before applying, check the latest fees directly with the Australian Passport Office .
Processing time of Australia passport renewal
The standard processing time for an Australian passport renewal is approximately ten business days . However, this can vary depending on the volume of applications and other factors. The Australian government recommends to allow a minimum of six weeks to receive a passport.
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