If you wish to visit Australia shortly whether it be for business reasons or tourism, and if your stay will not exceed three months then you are not required to apply for a visa and can take advantage of the new official ETA travel scheme that will enable you to obtain an electronic travel authorisation. However this application has associated costs. Here we will explain these fees in detail and the methods of payment available to you to enable the submission of your application.
What is the cost of the online ETA - evisitor application?
When you wish to obtain official authorisation to visit Australia you will need to proceed with an online ETA application. Simple, rapid and accessible to all, this application will enable you to save a lot of time compared with the application for a normal visa and you can obtain the necessary official authorisation directly from your home. Of course, this procedure is payable and you will need to settle certain fees and costs once you have completed the application that is available here on this website.
The cost of this application is €49 and it is necessary to pay these fees on finalising your application for the latter to be submitted.
What is covered by the ETA - evisitor application submission payment?
As with any administrative procedure an ETA or evisitor application for travelling to Australia is not free of charge as it is necessary to complete the verification and processing procedure relating to the information given before granting travel authorisation. The amount that you will need to pay following the completion of the application form is to cover various costs and fees.
Part of the amount invoiced is paid directly to the Australian Embassy and its immigration service to pay for the processing costs of the ETA applications by official agents, and the verification of certain information supplied.
The remainder of the price stated is to cover the costs related to the services provided by the website that offers the application form in your language. These services include easy access to the questionnaire, online assistance for replying to the questions, advice relating to the application and the transmission of your form to the relevant Australian authorities.
What methods of payment can be used to settle the ETA - evisitor application fees?
It is only at the end of the ETA application procedure that you will be required to settle the fees of €49 necessary for the confirmation and transmission of your file to the Australian authorities responsible for immigration.
To ensure that your application is processed as rapidly as possible it is best to settle these fees with an online credit card payment. In this case the response from the Australian authorities, either positive or negative, will be notified in a maximum of 72 hours, a rapidity that is not generally matched using other methods of payment. Of course, this payment is made on an entirely secure website.
What happens if my payment is refused?
In certain cases, if your bank account does not hold sufficient funds or your bank has blocked your card then your payment may be refused. Generally you will immediately receive a notification of this refusal which enables you, just for a very short time, to try and make payment again by using another credit card or Paypal account or contact your bank to request that they allow payment with your card.
If you cannot resolve the payment problem immediately then the information you entered on your ETA application form will not be kept and you will need to complete the entire application procedure again. This is why we highly recommend that you confirm that your credit card or Paypal account has sufficient funds available and that it works correctly online before commencing your application.
In the situation whereby you do not receive a response to your ETA application within 72 hours at the most then it is recommended that you confirm with your bank that payment has been completed without which the transfer and processing cannot be completed and then, if payment has not been made, you will need to undertake the entire procedure once again.
You should also be aware that you may use a credit card that is not in the same name as the person wishing to travel to Australia and who is completing the ETA or evisitor application. If you are travelling with your family then you can use a single credit card to pay for all the application costs and fees of your family members or even use the credit card of someone else, with their authorisation of course, to pay for your ETA application.
It should be remembered that payment of the costs and fees is required before the application can be transferred to the Australian authorities.