Passport and Immigration (VISA)
All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia. A Welcome Letter will be attached to your registration confirmation email following the completion of registration. For visa information please see the information below, otherwise, visit the website of the Department of Home Affairs.
Please note – it is strongly recommended that Australian visa applications are lodged at least two months prior to departure from your point of origin.
Types of Visas:
There are a number of factors to consider for delegates to determine the correct visa to apply for. Factors include country issuing passport, country of origin, role at eth conference (paid staff member or visitor/delegate). The following list identifies the most common visas that will be applied for by delegates, but organisers are encouraged to visit the Home Affairs website for further information and all visas:
Subclass 600 Business Visitor – For business visitors staying up to 3 months
Subclass 601 Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) – Approved visitors from the following countries can apply for a subclass 601 and have no visa fees (small admin charge may apply) – Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican City.
Subclass 651 eVisitor – Approved visitors from the following countries can apply for a subclass 651 and have no visa fees – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Republic of San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom – British Citizen, Vatican City
Note: Event staff working on the event may have to apply for a Subclass 400 Visa. This includes international staff working on or facilitating the conference, and this role directly relates to their core employment, even if the delivery is in Australia and their employer is an international country.
Recommended Application timeframe:
The International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) within the Department of Home Affairs advises that event participants should apply for their visa’s at least 8 weeks prior to their intended dates of travel. This facilitates applicants that may be required to undertake additional applications requirements such as medical checks and biometric collection. Late applications may not permit the applicant to respond to any requests for additional information or attend biometric appointments, and will not provide an opportunity to rectify any visa application problems or discrepancies. Ensuring timely lodgement of visa applications mitigates or reduces the rate of visa applications requiring escalation or visa processing to be expedited.
Confirmation of Attendance / Registration:
International delegates applying for a visa may require a confirmation of attendance, welcome letter and receipt of registration payment or invoice for payment to submit when applying for a visa.