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Australia has a universal visa system. Everyone who is not an Australian citizen needs a visa before they reach the border to enter Australia.

 

Visitors

The following visa options are for non-PRC applicants residing in Mainland China interested in applying to visit Australia for tourism or business (short-stay).

 

Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

Nationals of certain designated countries are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

An ETA is a visa-like authority to enter Australia. ETA applications may be made over the internet, or may be made on your behalf by your travel agent or airline at the time of ticket purchase. Travel agents and airlines may levy a handling charge for arranging your ETA.

Please click on the links for information about ETA eligibility and application process: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/601-

Information for Taiwan passport holders applying for an ETA

Holders of Taiwanese passports (excluding Taiwanese Compatriot passports) resident in the People’s Republic of China should email the following documents to the relevant Australian Visa Office in China as you currently cannot apply for an ETA online.

  • bio-data page of your passport, including National ID number 
  • your contact details (email address and telephone number)
  • for children under 18 years of age, also required is a birth certificate, parental consent, parents\' contact details and identification.
  • Completed Electronic Travel Authority additional information form

Holders of Taiwanese passports (excluding Taiwanese Compatriot passports) resident in Taiwan should apply for an ETA through one of the approved travel agents in Taiwan.  Further information is available at: http://hongkong.china.embassy.gov.au/hkng/VISMG_TaiwanETAagent.html.

Holders of Taiwanese passports (excluding Taiwanese Compatriot passports) resident in Hong Kong and Macau should email their ETA request specifying if the visit is for business or tourism purposes, along with the following documents to immigration.hongkong@dfat.gov.au:

  1. Passport bio-data page
  2. Hong Kong or Macau ID Card/Visa
  3. Proof of current residential address (eg utility bills, bank statements)
  4. Completed ETA additional information form 

Further information for passport holders from other countries is available at: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visi/Visi

Unsuccessful internet ETA or eVisitor application

Most ETA and eVisitor applications are finalised instantly, however, in a small number of cases, some additional processing checks are required. If your online visa has not been successful, you will receive a "refer to Embassy" message, in which case you should email the following documents to the relevant Australian Visa Office in China:

  • bio-data page of your passport
  • the reference number provided to you when you applied for your internet application
  • your contact details (email address and telephone number)
  • for children under 18 years of age, also required is a birth certificate, parental consent, parents\' contact details and identification.
  • Completed Electronic Travel Authority additional information form

 

eVisitor

Applicants from countries in the European Union are eligible to apply for an eVisitor. An eVisitor is designed for people who are outside Australia and want to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes. Please click on the link for information about eVisitor eligibility and application process: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/651-

If you have an unsuccessful internet ETA or eVisitor application please find the information above

 

e600

Applicants from certain countries are eligible to apply for a Visitor Visa (subclass 600) online. Please click on the link for information about e600 eligibility and application process: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/600-/Visitor-e600-visa-online-applications

 

Other Options

If you are a Non-PRC national residing in Mainland China and are not eligible to apply for one of the above options, you will need to lodge a Visitor Visa (subclass 600) application. For information on how and where to lodge, please see: Applying for a Visa to Australia

 

Students Visas

See: Student Visa Applications

Please note this information is in English only.

 

Further Information

There are a number of visa options available for people who want to visit, work, study or live in Australia.

The Visa Finder can help you find the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances. See:Visa Finder

For more information about all visa options see: http://www.border.gov.au/

 

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