Anyone who travels to Australia that is not an Australian citizen requires a visa, including Canadian passport holders.
An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) means you do not need a paper visa in your passport.
This article explains the impact on Canadian citizens, the requirements to obtain a visa, what some of the most relevant types of visa are and how to apply.
- About the Australian Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for Canadian Citizens
- Australian Visa Requirements for Canada
- Other Australia Visa Requirements for Canada
- Do I Need a Visa to Visit Australia from Canada?
- How to Get a Visa to Australia from Canada?
- How to Apply Online for an Australian Visa from Canada?
- How Much is a Visa for Australia from Canada?
- Types of Australian Visa
As a Canadian citizen with a Canadian passport, you will need a visa to travel to Australia.
There are many different types of visa depending upon the purpose of your visit and the duration of your visit.
For short-term trips, of less than 3 months duration in any one visit, Canadian citizens are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), as long as they meet certain requirements (see below).
An ETA is valid for multiple entries into the country within a 12-month period. For visits of longer than 3 months duration, you will need a visitor visa (subclass 600) instead.
The eligibility criteria for an Australian visa (specifically an ETA) are:
- you must be from an eligible country – Canada is one of them
- you must not be in Australia at the time of applying for the visa (although you can be in immigration control)
- you must be visiting only for tourism, visiting friends or family or for a business trip. A business trip includes traveling to look for work, but you are not actually allowed to work under an ETA.
In addition, for your application to be accepted:
- you must not have a criminal conviction for which you spent more than one year in jail
- you must not have tuberculosis at the time of travel and,
- your passport must be valid for at least six months from the day of travel.
If you are traveling for longer than three months in one visit you will need to apply for a visitor visa rather than an ETA. If you want to work while in Australia, you will need to obtain a work visa and the visa requirements if you wish to stay in Australia permanently are different again.
It is recommended you visit the Australian Visa Service website to determine which visa is right for you for any trips other than short-term tourism, visiting friends, family or for business.
Yes, you absolutely do need a visa to visit Australia from Canada if you are a Canadian citizen and don’t hold an Australian passport. Whatever the nature or duration of your visit, you will need a visa.
You will not be allowed to enter Australia without one, although you can apply for one in immigration when you arrive assuming you meet the eligibility criteria. This is not recommended, however.
Australian citizens in Canada do not need a visa to visit Australia.
All visa types are available from the Australian Visa Application Website. Use the link above to determine which is the appropriate visa for you.
For short-term trips (less than 3 months) for leisure or business, you will require an ETA. Getting an ETA is a very simple process.
You can apply online via the Australian Visa Service website here: etaaustraliaonline.com
It is possible to apply for ETAs from third-party providers. Essentially, they charge you a little bit more to fill in the application for you.
However, since an ETA application is relatively simple, you can do it yourself at the Australian Visa Service website here: etaaustraliaonline.com.
If you haven’t already started an application, click the button that says Apply for an ETA and enter the information as prompted.
Different visas have different fees. An ETA, whether it is for leisure (subclass 601-T) or business (subclass 601-B) is free although there is a 39 EUR online application fee, payable by Visa/Mastercard/American Express and other credit cards. Other visa are more expensive.
It is recommended you visit the Australian Visa Service website for the cost of different types of Australian visa for Canadian citizens.
There are multiple types of Australian visa for Canadian passport holders. The three visas most commonly applied for are the visitor visa (subclass 600), the tourist visa (subclass 601-T) and the business visa (subclass 601-B). These are described below.
Visitor Visa for Australia from Canada
The visitor visa allows Canadian citizens to travel to Australia and stay in the country for longer than 3 months in any one visit.
This includes cruises around the country in which you will call into Australian ports over the course of a 3-month duration.
In other respects, it is similar to the tourist visa.
Australia Tourist Visa from Canada
The tourist visa, or ETA, allows Canadian citizens to travel to Australia and stay in the country for tourism and leisure and to visit friends and family for durations of less than 3 months for any given visit.
ETAs are valid for 12 months and multiple visits to Australia are allowed within that time even if the total duration of visits is more than 3 months.
Business visa for Australia from Canada
If you are traveling to Australia from Canada for a business reason, such as for a meeting with colleagues, suppliers or clients or for a conference or exhibition or to look for work, you will need a business visa (subclass 601-B).
This is also an ETA and the eligibility requirements are otherwise the same as for a tourist visa.
In conclusion, to travel to Australia as a Canadian citizen you will need a visa. It is recommended you use the Australian Visa Application website to determine which visa is appropriate for you.
For most trips for leisure or business, you will need an Electronic Travel Authority (eTA for Visa-Exempt Travelers) meaning you don’t need a paper visa in your passport.
You can apply for an ETA online at https://etaaustraliaonline.com/ although third parties will apply for you for a small additional fee.