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Passports and Visas
All foreign visitors must have a valid passport to enter Australia.
All visitors except holders of Australian and New Zealand passports require either a visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) before entering Australia. New Zealand citizens are issued with a visa on arrival in Australia.
Passport holders of most European countries can apply for an eVisitor visa. These visas are free. Check your eligibility for an eVisitor visa by clicking the "eVisitor applicants" tab HERE
Passport holders from the USA, Canada, Singapore and many other countries can apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). These visas have a $20 application fee. Check your eligibility for an ETA HERE
For full, detailed and up to date information on visas and visiting Australia see the official government website HERE
Apply On Line
Passport holders from most European countries and some other countries including USA, Canada and Singapore can apply for an eVisitor visa or ETA on line.
Many European passport holders are eligible for either an eVisitor or ETA. If you apply through a travel agent, you will receive an ETA. If you apply online, according to the government website you should apply for an eVisitor visa.
To determine what visa you need and to find links to online applications for eVisitor and ETA, use the Australian government's Find a Visa page HERE
Australian and New Zealand passport holders with ePassports can use the SmartGate kiosks on arrival. SmartGate hastens the immigration arrival process.
Passport holders from the USA, who are arriving at major entry airports, and are members of the USA Trusted Travelers program and hold a valid USA ePassport, may use SmartGate on a trial basis from 1 November 2012. On the basis of current advice, US passport holders still need to have an ETA for their passport even if intending to use SmartGate.
Visitors from all other countries must join the queue (line) at Immigration.
Government Information for Visitors
This Australian Government website provides links to authoritative sources for information on a range of other matters. For example, claiming a refund on goods and services tax (GST) that you pay while in Australia, contact information for Embassies and Consulates if you should need assistance from your home government while in Australia, bringing medicines into Australia, quarantine restrictions and more.
Quarantine Restrictions on Entry to Australia
For a detailed list of FAQ on what you can and cannot bring into Australia see this Customs and Quarantine webpage HERE
You will be given an Incoming Passenger Card (IPC) before you arrive in Australia. This is a legal document. You must tick Yes if you are carrying food, plant material or animal products. You can take these declared items with you to the clearance point where they will be assessed by a DAFF officer.
Information about bringing medications into Australia is HERE
Quarantine Restrictions While Travelling Within Australia
Around the Riverland area in South Australia and the Sunraysia region in North-Western Victoria, you are not allowed to bring fruit, vegetables or some plant material into the region, in order to keep fruit fly out of these agricultural areas. When crossing the border from Victoria to South Australia (into the Riverland region) there is a 24 hour manned fruit-fly checking station. If you do not dispose of fruit, you will be caught and face a heavy FINE.
If you're travelling north of Cairns along the Peninsular Developmental Road there are Quarantine checks to ensure you're not carrying any prohibited goods such as fruit and vegetables.
There are more strict quarantine restrictions for Tasmania HERE
Customs - Duty Free Concessions and What To Declare
As with most countries the Australian Customs Service allow certain duty free concessions.
If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring up to A$900 worth of general goods into Australia duty-free. If you are under 18 years of age there is a A$450 limit. General goods include gifts, souvenirs, cameras, electronic equipment, leather goods, perfume concentrates, jewellery, watches and sporting equipment.
If you are aged 18 years or over, you can bring 2.25 litres of alcohol duty-free into Australia with you. All alcohol in accompanied baggage is included in this category, regardless of where or how it was purchased.
There are aviation security restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels. For more information about the restrictions, visit http://travelsecure.infrastructure.go...
From 1 September 2012 the traveller tobacco concession has been reduced. If you are aged 18 years or over you can bring 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars or tobacco products duty-free into Australia with you. All tobacco products in accompanied baggage are included in this category, regardless of where or how they were purchased.
Find out more about duty free HERE
Find other information on what items must be declared to Australian Customs HERE