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Visa

I have recently read a couple of places that one needs a visa to visit Australia from the U.S.

We are planning a trip for Jan. '16. Is this true and if it is, what is the best way to handle it?

Electronically? Thanks....we just want to be prepared......

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1. Re: Visa

Yes, everybody needs a visa for Australia (except New Zealanders). As a US passport holder, you should obtain an electronic visa online called "ETA" prior to your arrival. The link is here: https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas. Typically, the decision is received fast (more than one working day would be exceptional).

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The information in the link that Tobi_boi provided should tell you what you need to know to obtain an ETA. But just to let you know a bit more now, ETA stands for "Electronic Transit Authority" and it is electronically attrached to your passport. So you do not need to send your passport anywhere and there will not be any physical stamp for your passport indicating you have the visa. (You can print the confirmation for your records--which I'd recommend). The cost is AUD 20 per person and, in almost all cases, you receive your confirmation instantaneously.

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What they said. Use the official one, and not any of those scammy ones online. We had some friends going and were surprised it cost nearly $300 per person. They'd found some weird website quoting outrageous prices!

Get the ETA, and you shouldn't have to do anything else. I don't think they'll even let you on the plane otherwise ;)

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>>> ETA stands for "Electronic Transit Authority" <<<

Travel Authority.

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You are absolutely right, Inas66. I was obviously typing faster than I was thinking.

St. Augustine, FL
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Thanks so much for all of your replies to the question about Visas. We will take care of it. We will also visit New Zealand for about a week on this trip. Do we also need a visa to visit there?

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Hi, there is a separate forum for NZ, and Aussies (the bulk of the regular posters on here) wouldn't always naturally know what visa arrangements NZ applies to other countries as NZ and Australia have special free-movement and free-work arrangements between themselves so visas for visiting NZ isn't something that is naturally on the radar for an Australian.

However, you can find what you need to know on the NZ government website:

www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/visit/

Edited: 10:40 pm, August 20, 2015
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Thank you Waddler. Of course you're right. I will go to your link and explore.

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9. Re: Visa

If you are a citizen of one of the countries on the "Visa waiver list", Which includes the USA and Canada, you do not need to apply for a visa to enter NZ as a visitor. You are automatically issued a visitor visa when you pass through immigration. This is valid for 3 months.

If you are visiting NZ for any purpose other than a vacation (ie working or otherwise earning money while in NZ ) then you will need the appropriate visa.

Also be aware that if there is any reason why you may not legitimately obtain a visa, such as prior criminal convictions etc, then you might still be dented entry. If you know your past is squeaky clean then you have no problems. If not you would be better to apply for a visa prior to taking your trip.

This same situation possibly also applies to Australia. You should check if US citizens are on Australia's visa waiver list.

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The last paragraph of vbc's post is entirely incorrect with regard to Australia. Only New Zealanders can arrive in Australia without previously applying for a visa or ETA. US passport holders must apply for an ETA here: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1