Subclass 601-Electronic Travel Authority-the visitor visa that you can apply from your phone
Visa Class: UD
Date of Modification: 4 May 2022
Visa Category: Visiting Australia
Visa Subclass: 601
Base Application Fee: 0
Stream: Not applicable

Visa Introduction

With this visa, you can travel to Australia:

  • as a tourist - for example, to cruise or have a holiday
  • to visit family or friends
  • as a business visitor

As a business visitor, you can:

  • make general business or employment enquiries
  • investigate, negotiate, enter into or review a business contract
  • conduct activities as part of an official government visit
  • take part in a conference, trade fair or seminar. The organisers can't pay you to take part

You can apply the visa from your phone. There is no Visa Application Charge (VAC). There may be an application service charge of AUD20.

Latest update

From 21 February 2022, all visa holders who are fully vaccinated for international travel purposes can travel to Australia without a travel exemption. Unvaccinated visa holders will still need to be in an exempt category or hold an individual travel exemption to enter Australia.

You cannot apply for an ETA online, or through an agent or airlin​e at this time, unless the application is lodged via the ETA app.​

The ETA app will be expanded to all ETA-eligible passport holders from April 2022.​

You can apply for an ETA using the Australian ETA app on your mobile device if you hold a passport from:

  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China)
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • the United States of America
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Schedule 2 - Electronic Travel Authority visas
The ETA is a tourist visa (subclass 601), that enables the visa holder to travel to and enter Australia multiple times for a period of 12 months, an application for which is usually made by a travel agent. Schedule 2 clarify the process of making an application for an ETA visa and enables person who holds an ETA-eligible passport that is also an eVisitor eligible passport to apply for an ETA visa electronically using the AustralianETA App. Through this app, the applicants can lodge their ETA visa application using their own portable device, in a fast and convenient manner.

The AustralianETA App has specific travel agent functionality to enable travel agents to download the AustralianETA App to lodge an application on behalf of an applicant.

Visa Application Checklist

Valid Application Criteria

Not applicable


Time of Application & Decision Criteria

If you have a criminal conviction in any country, you should apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) and provide evidence about your criminal convictions.



Want to know more about this visa?

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