A visit to Australia, for business, tourism or even for studies, requires of course a careful attention to detail. It is imperative that you take the time necessary to complete the various administrative formalities that will enable you to successfully undertake your planned visit. Notably among these is an ETA authorisation that is required for you to travel to Australia. We therefore offer you the opportunity here to learn about the time it takes to obtain an ETA as well as read some advice on when to undertake this procedure.
Obtain a response to your ETA or evisitor application in just a short while:
Compared to an evisitor or normal visa application that was previously required to travel to Australia, an ETA application enables you to obtain an extremely rapid response. You simply need to take a few minutes to complete a questionnaire online such as that available on our website, providing personal information and your passport number, pay the transfer and processing costs and fees required to submit your ETA or evisitor application and then simply wait for the response.
The response to your application will be transmitted by email to the email address stated in your application form. The time delay for the response can vary from a few minutes to several hours with a maximum delay of 72 hours.
It can therefore be tempting to apply for your ETA just a short time before your travel. However, we highly recommend that you apply well in advance to mitigate any possible refusal or problem regarding this procedure. It is also important to verify that your passport is valid at the time you apply for your ETA and indeed for your actual visit.
What to do if you have not received your ETA - evisitor authorisation after 72 hours?
Several types of problems may intervene causing the non receipt of your ETA authorisation or its response, positive or negative, following your application online. The first concerns the email address whereby you made a mistake when entering it on your online application. If you have stated an incorrect email address or made a spelling mistake then you cannot receive your authorisation which, as you may remember, is only sent to you by email. In other cases, the response with the official document from the Australian authorities may be mistaken for spam and placed in your spam folder. It is therefore important to check this folder. If you cannot find the response in your spam folder then do not hesitate to check your ETA application status online.
It may also be that a problem linked to the payment of the costs has hindered the submission of your file to the Australian immigration authorities concerned. You should therefore check your bank account and ensure that the €49 has been deducted from your account. If this is not the case then you need to repeat the procedure checking first that the necessary funds are available on your account.
When is the ideal time to apply for an ETA for Australia?
As you have just learned or confirmed, it is possible to obtain your ETA or evisitor authorisation very quickly, in only a few hours, with a maximum of 72 hours. It can therefore be tempting to delay your authorisation application until just before your trip however we highly recommend that you complete it well in advance.
In fact, in certain cases, it may be necessary for you to reapply for an ETA or apply for a visa to ensure you can continue with your travel plans and you should therefore take into account this possible extra time delay.
For example, if your ETA is refused due to an error that you made while completing your form you may submit a new application but only after a minimum of 10 days after receiving the initial refusal notification.
In the case whereby your ETA is refused due to a particular situation which requires you to apply for a normal visa then you will need to take into account the time necessary to complete this extra procedure.
Another thing, it is however pointless to complete your application several months in advance as an ETA is valid for a year, this will thereby limit your opportunities to use it for further visits to Australia.
To summarise, the ideal time to complete your ETA or evisitor application to be sure that you obtain it plenty of time in advance or be able to obtain a classic visa is a few weeks before your departure date, a month at the most. You will thereby have sufficient time to carefully prepare for your travel and stay in Australia.