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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).  Further information is available at: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Visi/Visi

 

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.

Further information about ETA eligibility and the application process is available at: http://www.homeaffairs.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 cannot apply for an ETA online. You should submit your ETA request to an Australian Visa Office through the Immigration Enquiry Form (select Electronic travel authority (ETA) as the type of enquiry) and attach the following documents:

  • Completed Electronic Travel Authority additional information form
  • Bio-data page of your passport, including National ID number
  • For children under 18 years of age, you should also provide a birth certificate, evidence of parental consent, parents' contact details and identification.

Unsuccessful internet ETA application

Most ETA 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.

You should submit your ETA request to an Australian Visa Office through the Immigration Enquiry Form (select Electronic travel authority (ETA) as the type of enquiry) and attach the following documents:

  • The reference number provided to you when you applied for your internet application
  • Completed Electronic Travel Authority additional information form
  • Bio-data page of your passport, including National ID number
  • For children under 18 years of age, you should also provide a birth certificate, evidence of parental consent, parents' contact details and identification.

Please do not visit an Australian embassy or consulate to lodge the application in person.  ETA applications may only be submitted via the Immigration Enquiry Form.

 

eVisitor

Applicants from countries in the European Union are eligible to apply for an eVisitor. An eVisitor is a free visa which allows you to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes. eVisitor applications must be made online.

Further information about eVisitor eligibility and the application process is available at: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/651-

 

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. Most passport holders outside Australia can apply for this visa online through the Department's ImmiAccount portal.

If you are unable to lodge your application online,  further information on how and where to lodge a paper application is available at: Lodging a Visa Application in China

 

Student 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

 

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 Page Last Updated  6 July 2018