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Getting a Visa for Australia

US Citizens will need a VISA or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) to enter Australia.  Do it now, so you don't forget!


The ETA costs $20 AUS, and is done via an app on your smart phone.

  1. Download the app "Australian ETA", have your valid US passport and a credit card (or ApplePay) available

  2. Open the app and follow the prompts.  Tips/hints below:

    • When asked for the country of passport, type in "United" so you don't have to scroll, scroll, scroll.​

    • Open your passport to the photo page - flat and photograph it within the ap

    • When asked to capture the code on the page facing the photo page, put the phone on that page & slowly move it around because the human eye can't see the code!

    • You will have to take a selfie, centering your face in an oval with eyes wide open, while reading directions above the oval on how to position your face.

    • You will be asked for your email address and then you'll get a 6-digit code sent to your email to confirm it.

    • You will be asked for your current location, should be "United States" and you should "allow once" when asked to allow Location tracking.

    • When asked for the address where you will be staying in Australia, we clicked "Don't know the address" and entered "multiple locations" in the "Reason" section.

  3. We got our confirmation email within a few minutes!

A big thank you to Beverly Tomb for collating this information! 

We are assuming it should be a similar process for Canadian citizens entering Australia. 

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