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Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:10 am

Hi,

I was just wondering,

Although I'm not eligible for a TIMATIC type of visa, holding a Polish passport and a permit to live in Belgium, I found out I'm eligible for a electronic visa if I want to visit Australia...

How does it work? It's a hassle to give up a day of work to go to Brussels to apply and then to go and fetch the passport...

Anybody?

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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:13 am

It's a chip implanted in your neck, so you can fast track right through immigration. *


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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:38 am

You may apply for it right over the internet here:

http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/
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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 6:59 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 1):
It's a chip implanted in your neck, so you can fast track right through immigration. *

Haha, YOU added to the thread..

Ghrr.

Any valueable input welcome, though...

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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 7:34 am

Its called ETA I think and very convenient to get, either via internet or normally when you book via an agent or an airline they should automatically get you one.
So, no need to go to the embassy or have your passport stamp...they will have your ETA (i think it stands for electronic travel authorization...not sure) at point of entry already. Or when you check in the airline should also have.

this was put in place to have no visa reciprocity with many countries (australia exiges visas from citizens of all countries in the world except NZ before, now the electronic visas exist for certain countries)
 
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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 7:36 am

you should check website of australian embassy to link to ETA and see if your country is on the list of ETA countries.
 
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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:03 am

Last month I travelled to Australia under an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) on my German passport, and it's by far the most convenient visa type I have ever tried.

Usually airlines or travel agents proceed your ETA applications, but in case you want to apply for it yourself, it's very easy and costs 20 AUD (roughly 15 USD) You just need your passport and your credit card. At the website www.eta.immi.gov.au fill in some forms with the usual information (name, passport number, date of birth, etc.) and give them your credit card number and confirm everything. In less than a couple of seconds, voilà, your ETA has been issued. You'll be given a receipt with a number - keep it with you just in case. Once you have arrived to Australia, give the immigration officer your passport like always, and he'll check your ETA status on the computer. In my case, everything was alright and in a minute I was done and set foot in the land of Oz.

I wish other countries would also have ETAs - it's easy and saves a lot of time-consuming paperwork at the Consulate.

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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:22 pm

Quoting Marambio (Reply 6):
Once you have arrived to Australia, give the immigration officer your passport like always, and he'll check your ETA status on the computer. In my case, everything was alright and in a minute I was done and set foot in the land of Oz.

Actually, this is first checked by the airline at check in. If there is a problem it should be resolved there. Australia has heavy penalities for airlines who bring people here without the correct visas. Not too many airlines would want to risk that.

But agree it is a very simple way of doing it, and also, not having to q or send off passport for someone to stamp it - brilliant.
 
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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 8:47 pm

Quoting Wunala (Reply 7):
Actually, this is first checked by the airline at check in. If there is a problem it should be resolved there. Australia has heavy penalities for airlines who bring people here without the correct visas. Not too many airlines would want to risk that.

What type of penalties?? fines??
I've never heard of this before, I thought it was up to the individual that they has the correct visas and documents.
 
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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:14 pm

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 8):
What type of penalties?? fines??
I've never heard of this before, I thought it was up to the individual that they has the correct visas and documents.

It is, but the airlines are supposed to check that all is in order when you depart. If they don't, and carry someone without proper documentation, they can be fined and are often responsible for returning the passengers to their origin.
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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:38 pm

So if I were to go to the US which required to have a visa and go to the airport and through checkin and the airline didn't mention anything about having a visa would it be the airlines fault or mine??

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 9):
It is, but the airlines are supposed to check that all is in order when you depart. If they don't, and carry someone without proper documentation, they can be fined and are often responsible for returning the passengers to their origin

Ahh ok. I just got the perception that it was always up to the passenger to have correct documentation. I guess i've been watching to many border security shows.
 
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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 9:40 pm

I had a temp resident visa a few years ago, before the permanent one was granted. Of course there is no end date on the visa, it is valid for 28 days after the decision has been made whether to grant permy or not. I was in the Cooks on holiday, and Air NZ had a terrible time deciding what to do. I was suggesting just to send me to AKL and let them deal with it, but in the end, someone came up with the solution, and off I went.
 
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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:39 pm

Quoting Parisien (Reply 4):
Its called ETA I think and very convenient to get

Yes, but I have a Polish passport and Belgian residence card, so don't qualify for ETA.

They mention a visa you can apply via internet and get when you arrive in OZ...

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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:34 pm

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 8):
What type of penalties?? fines??
I've never heard of this before, I thought it was up to the individual that they has the correct visas and documents.

it is the individuals responsibility yes.... if you don't have a visa or ETA they simply won't accept you for travel to Australia.... in fact most airlines systems won't even let you check in at all!
If you do get there you will be turned around and the airline fined thousands of $$$
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RE: Australia's Electronic Visa, How Does It Work?

Thu Jun 08, 2006 2:51 pm

Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 13):
it is the individuals responsibility yes.... if you don't have a visa or ETA they simply won't accept you for travel to Australia.... in fact most airlines systems won't even let you check in at all!
If you do get there you will be turned around and the airline fined thousands of $$$

Thanks for that Zkpilot. I after seeing many television shows about border security it mainly shows that it is the fault of the individual

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