Australia entry requirements for UK citizens

Are you a UK citizen considering a visit to Australia? This page features detailed information on the Australian entry requirements for British nationals you need to meet when travelling to the country.

You can also find out if you need a visa for Australia from the UK , what type of [Australian travel permit](https://www.visitaustraliavisas.com "Australia Visa) you require, and details of the application process.

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What are the entry requirements for Australia for British passport holders?

British citizens travelling to Australia need to comply with the entry rules for Australia .

The basic entry requirements for Brits visiting Australia involve presenting the following documents on arrival :

  • UK passport
  • eVisitor visa

Passengers from the United Kingdom must also fill in a Passenger card before landing in Australia .

Like all travellers, British citizens must meet the health and character requirements to be admitted onto Australian soil.

Which Australia visa do Brits need?

There are different types of Australian visa available. The type British need depends on several factors:

  • The purpose of your trip
  • The length of time you will spend in Australia
  • The type of British passport you hold

British citizens can get an Australia tourist visa online, called the eVisitor visa . This covers holidays, business trips, family visits, cruises, and short-term studies or training.

UK passport holders who wish to stay in Australia longer than 3 months or engage in other activities must apply for the relevant visa type at the High Commission of Australia in London or another embassy or consulate.

For example, working holiday visas are available to British citizens aged 18-30 who wish to work and travel in Australia temporarily.

UK passport requirements for online Australia visas

To get the eVisitor visa online, you must be a British citizen and hold this type of passport.

You count as a British citizen if you are from one of the following regions :

  • Northern Ireland
  • The Channel Islands
  • The Isle of Man

Your passport must be issued by the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, or the Isle of Man .

If your passport is one of the following types of British nationality, you cannot apply online and must get your visa at an Australian embassy:

  • British Overseas Territories citizen (BOTC)
  • British Overseas citizen (BOC)
  • British National (Overseas) (BN(O))
  • British subject
  • British protected person

Health requirements for Australia from the UK

British visitors are not required to get specific vaccinations for Australia. However, they must not represent a health risk for the Australian community .

This means that visitors must be free of serious and infectious diseases like tuberculosis. Their health should also not become a burden for the Australian health system.

UK applicants will be asked about their medical history and current state of health during their visa application process.

In some rare cases, you may be required to provide health certificates or undergo medical examinations upon arrival in Australia.

Australian customs requirements for travelling from the UK

Australia has strict biosecurity laws to avoid foreign pests or diseases entering its borders. It also restricts the import of certain goods and quantities of money.

There are several items you must declare on your IPC before you arrive in the country to clear Australian customs.

These include:

  • All food items
  • Wildlife, plants and animals (and derived products)
  • Medicines, drugs and herbal remedies
  • Agricultural products
  • Cash currency over the value of AUD 10,000

If you have any of these items but don't want to declare them, you can simply put them in the bins at the terminal before passing through customs.

If you have any doubts about what you can and can’t bring into the country, check the complete list of items you must declare on your entry to Australia.

Registering a UK citizen at the British Embassy

British citizens can register with the British Embassy in Australia to receive travel updates and advice during their trip.

Registering with the embassy also logs the visitor’s contact details with authorities.

There are numerous advantages to using this service, including:

  • Up-to-date travel information
  • Easily locate travellers if there is an emergency close to them
  • Quick contact from friends and family in the case of an emergency at home

British citizens travelling to Australia can register for this service when they apply for an online visa for the country.

Travelling to Australia as a UK citizen: FAQ

Can uk citizens enter australia visa-free.

No, British citizens must get a visa to be let into Australia. Only New Zealand nationals can enter visa-free — all other foreign citizens are required to obtain a visa. The easiest visa to obtain for UK nationals is the eVisitor online visa.

How can UK citizens apply for an Australian visa?

British citizens can request an Australian eVisitor visa online through an electronic application . This does not require you to go to an Australian embassy or consulate to file their visa request in person. You receive your approved eVisitor visa for Australia by email.

Can UK citizens get a visa on arrival in Australia?

No, Australia does not offer this type of visa and UK nationals must be granted a visa before they reach the Australian border. Fortunately, an Australian visa for British citizens can be requested online in minutes.

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A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country or territory.

We don’t issue visas for overseas travel and can’t provide specific information on foreign visas. Only the destinations you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the destinations you're visiting well in advance of travel. Not all destinations have representation in Australia.

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Get all the appropriate visas you need before your travel, including transit visas where needed. Many visa types require you to be in Australia to apply. Make sure you provide all the information required when applying for visas and understand the visa conditions.

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Remember that if there is a problem with your visa, deportation is at your expense.

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Auvisa

Australian Visa Online Application (UK Citizens)

UK citizens planning to enter Australia for touristic or business purposes should apply for an eVisitor visa , allowing them to travel to Australia multiple times over a period of 12 months, staying in Australia for up to 90 days in each visit (more details here ).

The application is very easy to complete and should only take a few minutes.

Once you have submitted your application, our staff will go through your online application and make sure everything is correct. Most of the times you will receive an answer within a day ( 99% of eVisitor applications are processed within 24 hours ).

Auvisa.org helps you understand which travel visa you need for your trip to Australia and to obtain it quickly and easily.

For a small service fee, you’ll benefit from streamlined forms, manual review of your application, and 24-hour customer support:

1 Choose the type of visa that best suits your needs (95% of UK travellers apply for eVisitor visa).

2 Fill-in the online application form and pay safely by credit card or PayPal (24 hour support provided).

3 Receive the requested visa by email. In most cases, your visa will be approved within 24 hours.

Australian visas most requested by UK citizens:

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Tourist Visa (eVisitor – Subclass 651)

If you are planning a visit to Australia for holiday , as a UK citizen you will need an Australian tourist visa (also known as “Australian vacation visa”).

To be able to apply for an Australian Tourist Visa you must be travelling to Australia for holiday or for visiting friends or family and hold a valid passport.

Read more…

Apply for a Tourist Visa

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Business Visa (eVisitor – Subclass 651)

An Australian business visa is needed for anyone going from UK to Australia for business .

If you are looking for an Australian visa for attending a conference, a business trip, visiting potential clients or other typical business activities what you need is an Australian Business eVisitor .

Apply for a Business Visa

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Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)

A Working Holiday visa for Australia enables young people from UK to  travel to Australia for up to 12 months at a time  for a gap year, for holidays, for exploring the country, for short-term studies or for short periods of work.

A Working Holiday visa is for British Citizens between 18 and 30 years of age (inclusive).

Apply for a Working Holiday Visa

Other Available Online Visas

  • eVisitor Visa

(Subclass 651)

This visa allows UK citizens to travel to Australia freely for business or tourism over a period of 12 months, staying in the country for up to 90 days each visit.

  • Second Working Holiday Visa

(Subclass 417)

This visa is for UK travellers who have already been granted a Working Holiday Visa and wish to remain longer in Australia upon completion of three months of specified work.

  • Long Stay Visa

(Visitor Visa - Subclass 600)

This visa is designed for travelers not eligible for eVisitor visas or who wish to remain in Australia for more than 3 months. It can also be used by travellers who wish to extend their stay in Australia.

  • Student Visa

(Subclass 500)

This visa allows UK students to enter and stay in Australia to study at a university or school. Notice that students need to be admitted to a university or school before applying for this visa.

MCV (Maritime Crew Visa)

(subclass 988).

An MCV visa (also known as Maritime Crew Visa) available to those coming by sea into Australia as part of a sea crew. This visa also allows family members to apply along with the crew member.

  • Temporary Work Visa

(Subclass 400)

This visa is for UK citizens who have been invited to Australia in order to do short term highly specialised work, take part in cultural or social events or be involved in activities relating to Australia's interests.

Benefits of using Auvisa.org

Applying for an australian visa in 2024: all there is to know.

Get your Australian visa online right here on auvisa.org: the application for your Australian e-visa will take a few easy steps, and you will get the answer within a day most of the time. When travelling from UK, the application is very easy to complete and should only take a few minutes.

If you would like some more information about how Australian travel visas for UK citizens work just keep on reading to find out all you need to know about visitors’ visas, and if you are struggling to understand the application, you are encouraged to reach out for assistance: we are here to help you with your visa.

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Australian Visa Policy for Visitors from UK

As a British passport holder, in order to enter and temporarily stay in Australia you will need to obtain an Australian visa for British citizens . In other words, even if you already have a valid passport you still need a Visa from the Australian travel service before you can travel to Australia and enter the country.

The Australian visa policy is clear, and the visa application process from UK is an easy one though, so no need to worry: in most cases, it will be enough to fill out the online application for the type of visa you need, and you will be well on your way to beginning the application process. This is why Australian visitor visas are often referred to as “e-visas” .

The first step when applying from UK is to complete and submit the right form . Once you have submitted your visa application and paid your application fee you will in most cases receive a result within 24 hours: as soon as you are approved for a visa to Australia, you will soon be contacted via email with the desired visa – which most of the times is an eVisitor Visa .

As a matter of fact, the visa policy in Australia is not complicated, and nowadays it is highly automated and digitalized, also thanks to online visa services like ours: after you receive your eVisitor Visa you are free to enter Australia . When you have completed all the necessary steps and been approved for an eVisitor you are well on your way to experiencing Australia: your eVisitor is valid starting on the date you are approved for it.

For British citizens, the application process is typically so fast that many people seeking a visa to visit Australia don’t apply for it until just a few weeks before they are departing – but this is something we do not recommend.

There are a few things in the Australian visa application policy to be careful about though: in order to obtain your eVisitor from UK, your passport must be valid . Also, most airlines travelling to Australia require your passport to be valid for a minimum of six months upon your arrival in Australia, so we recommend complying to this requirement to avoid any issue at the moment of departure.

Also, depending on individual circumstances you may need to submit the results of medical examinations before you can receive a visa to enter Australia, and you may be asked for additional visa information in order to complete your application. UK travellers may also be required to prove their finances to government officials when they arrive in Australia – but this happens only in very specific cases, and UK visitors are always pre-alerted about this. Keep reading to find out more about visa types and all possible exceptions in the application process, or check out more info on Australian eVisitor Visa’s requirements and specifications .

Australian Visas for British citizens: Visa Types for Australia Entry

First of all: do all UK citizens need a visa for Australia?

Yes: as a matter of fact, you cannot legally enter Australia from the UK without the proper visa. As a UK citizen entering Australia you need to ensure you do so with the right visa. There are several different kinds of visitor visa offered – the one you must obtain depends on your reason for traveling to the Australian continent.

Here is a list of the main types of visa available to UK citizens planning to temporarily visit Australia:

  • Tourist Visa
  • Business Visa
  • Working Holiday Visa
  • Maritime Crew Visa

Regardless of which type or category of visa you need, you can complete the application online here on auvisa.org: you can apply in virtually any language, as your application will be translated appropriately by our staff.

Your eVisitor is the most common Australian visa types you can obtain , as it is used for both leisure and business-related travel: as a matter of fact, most tourist and business visas released by the Australian Government are in fact some kind of eVisitor visas. More info on Australian eVisitor Visa’s requirements and specifications .

The tourist visa is the ideal visa category if you are visiting Australia from UK to spend time with a family member or a friend . Since this visa is in fact an eVisitor visa, it is also an ok choice if you will be in the country for some business or study-related activities.

When it comes to business and studies, the only things you are not normally permitted to do as a UK visitor on a tourist visa are working (paid work, anywhere in Australia) and studying for a period of longer than three months.

While your tourist visa is active you are permitted to come into the country several times, as all eVisitor tourist visas are multiple entry visas. More info on Australian Tourist Visa’s requirements and specifications .

If you are visiting Australia for a short amount of time on business, a visa of this category is sufficient. However, in order to use it in the correct way, you as a British visitor must be attending conferences, entering into business negotiations, or be seeking employment in the country. In other words, while general business can be done with this visa, you cannot use it to formally provide services or goods to Australian residents or to any business operating in it. More info on Australian Business Visa’s requirements and specifications .

Australian Student Visa

UK students of all ages need a proper visa to study in Australia. At any level of schooling, UK residents must have their visa to enter Australia as students. This includes primary, junior, and secondary school students – and in the case the UK citizen traveling to the country to study is a minor, then the parent or legal guardian can apply for the student guardian visa required by Australian Immigration.

If a British student is visiting Australia as part of a study exchange program, he/she must also have an Australian visa for UK students . This also applies to older students studying for associates, bachelors or graduate degrees, diplomas or certificates – and even UK citizens performing postgraduate research .

To simplify, all UK students travelling to Australia for studying need this visa.

For UK travellers, the application process to obtain a visa which is specific for students is slightly more complicated than those of eVisitor, Business or Touristic visas.

Upon being accepted into an Australian university or school, you will be provided a COE (Confirmation of Enrolment) . After you receive the COE, you are able to start the application process for your visa. In many cases, you will be asked for a scanned copy of passport ID page, COE and insurance certificate covering the days that you are staying in Australia .

The length of the student visa depends on what is stated on the COE .

Many students want to travel around in Australia after the study is finished, in other words, they have to prolong the student visa. Prolonging can be done while the student is already in Australia : students can apply for a visa extension directly on Auvisa.org by using the long term visitor visa application form . During the application process, a bridge visa will issued : it means students will be legally staying inside Australia even the student visa has expired, while waiting for their Long Term Visitor Visa .

More info on Australian Student Visa’s requirements and specifications .

Working Holiday Visa (also known as “Work and Holiday”)

A Working Holiday visa allows British citizens to visit Australia for a period not exceeding one calendar year : if you plan to spend your time in Australia studying, working and socializing with friends , you can do so under this visa. However, only UK citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 (for Canadian, French and Irish citizens the age limit is 35) and qualify for this Australian visa category.

In order to qualify for a Working Holiday visa, your health at the time of visiting Australia needs to be good, and you must be able to take care of yourself financially for the duration of your stay in Australia.

While you are not limited in how much work you can complete on this visa, you cannot work for a specific employer for a period of time that exceeds six months , and if you are in the country to study, you are limited to four months under this visa – while if you are in the country on holiday you have the entire year to be on it. More info on Australian Working Holiday Visa’s requirements and specifications .

Second Working Holiday Visa (also known as “Second Work and Holiday Visa”)

Australian Working Holiday visas also include a “ Second Working Holiday ” version. It is used to extend the time a specific Working Holiday visa is valid for . You may apply for this visa if you have a Working Holiday visa that is reaching its expiration date.

Differently from the First Working Holiday visa, which can be obtained only when outside of Australia, this visa type can be obtained while the applicant is either inside or outside of Australia .

You must have worked in Australia for at least 88 days to qualify for this visa, and there are only certain types of work you can do in the country that will qualify you for the Second Working Holiday visa . Examples are construction, the cultivation of plants/animals, mining, fishing/pearling and tree farming. More info on the Australian Second Working Holiday Visa’s requirements and specifications .

Long Stay Visa (Visitor Visa)

The Australian Long-Stay Visitor Visa – also known as Visitor Visa – is a kind of permit valid for visiting Australia for a period of three months, six months or one full year: when you apply for this visa, you choose the amount of time you need it for.

This visa can for example be used if you are in the country to stay with family members . It can also be used for both business and tourism purposes. Long stay visa is also known as Subclass 600 visa, or Visitor Visa.

Long Stay Australian Visitor Visas are also referred to as “ Australian extended visas ” or “ Australian visa extensions ”, since when you are staying in Australia with a different type of visa (for example an eVisitor) and it is set to expire, the long-stay visitor visa allows you to extend your permanence in Australia after the eVisitor expires, hence the length of your stay. More info on Australian Long Stay Visa’s requirements and specifications .

Temporary work visas are for people who are going to do highly specialized work in Australia . This Australian visa is also known as Subclass 400 visa .

As a matter of fact, in order to obtain a temporary work visa, the Australian business you will be working for must formally invite you to enter Australia as a British citizen “temporarily needed” in Australia . This is why to qualify for this type of Australian visa you must have valid experience in the line of work you would be performing in the country.

In the absence of relevant work experience, you can however substitute skills with personal attributes. Differently from other kinds of Australian visas, the completion of an application for this particular Australian entry permit will include specified documents that you must provide in order to be approved .

After Auvisa.org receives your temporary work visa application , we will contact you to request eventually needed documents by email , such as: invitation letter from your Australian contact, employer statement in your home country, travel plan, insurance or personal bank statements.

Australian Travel Visa Requirements for UK citizens (2024)

As far as UK citizens are concerned, Australian Visa requirements include first of all the possession of an eligible passport: your Australia visa eligibility as a British passport holder is dependent mostly on this.

Health and character requirements must also be met by UK residents in order to comply with Australian visa rules. These are fairly easy to pass though, so getting an Australian visa from the UK is fairly easy : only if you are deemed a risk to the country’s residents you may be denied a visa.

Finally, in order to get an Australian temporary visitor visa from the UK, you must be entering Australia with the intention of staying only temporarily, and strictly follow the visa conditions for Australia.

Australian Visa Photo Requirements for UK travellers (2024)

As we said, for UK citizens travelling to Australia and entering the country with a travel visa is fairly easy. Application is made online and photo is not required .

In some other, more specific visa types, you might be asked to provide a coloured visa photo though. Some UK residents encounter a few problems complying with the photo requirements for their visa, so if you are ever required to submit a photo, please read the photo rules as below:

When applying some specific Australian visas from the UK, in order to fulfil 2024’s Australian visa requirements you must submit one coloured photos :

  • The width of the photo must be between 35mm and 40mm. The length of the photo must be between 45mm and 50mm.
  • In the photo, your head must be cantered. It cannot be slumped or tilted. Your eyes must be pointed directly at the camera and your facial expression must remain neutral.
  • You are only permitted to wear glasses in your photo if you have a prescription for them.
  • When it comes to dressing, your outfit in the photo must be a business or casual outfit. You are only permitted to wear something on your head if it does not obstruct the view of your face and if you are wearing it for religious reasons.
  • Facial piercings are only permitted in the photo of UK residents if the light will not reflect off of them and they will not block any part of the face.

IMPORTANT: the photos you submit must be six months old or less and they cannot be altered in any way, including the removal of blemishes, correcting red-eye or applying filters typical of mobile apps .

These are the visual requirements to be followed if you are a UK citizen traveling to Australia.

Getting a Visa for Australia: How to Apply

Getting a visa for Australia is a process that takes place completely online – which is why people often talk of “Australian e-visas”.

First of all, you should identify what kind of Australian visa you need depending on what your reason to enter Australia is, your age, how long you will stay in Australia, etc.

Then, before you fill out the visa application page you should quickly read the visa rules and requirements for 2024 – you will find them in each visa application page, like this for eVisitor visas .

Finally, in order to start the e-visa application process you are required to supply your email address and your personal details to start your online visa application process.

The basic visa information you must provide is typically your full legal name, as well as your gender. You will also have to disclose when and where you were born, what your relationship status is and if you have any legal dependents. Any Australia visa application from UK requires you to submit the needed bank statements as well. The Australian visa application process for UK citizens also includes disclosure of whether or not you have had a medical exam performed within the year leading up to your application.

Once you have entered all the required information all you have to do to get your Australian e-visa is submitting your application electronically . If you are not able to complete the entire application at once don’t worry: all your visa data will be saved, and you can later sign back in with your tracking code and email address – picking up the online visa application process where you left it.

After submitting their online visa application, all UK residents can also use their tracking code and email address to check their visa application status.

The amount you will have to pay as a British citizen for each Australian visa application depends on which visa type it is .

For example, the cheapest Australian Tourist Visa and Business Visas both cost UK residents £ 59.00 (note: if other UK citizens are applying for a visa right along with you, they must also pay the fee).

Instead, an Australian Working Holiday Visa ’s price for UK residents is £ 515.00 .

The fee may also depend basing on when and where the Australian visa request is made: to obtaining a long-term visitor visa as a UK resident before entering the country you will have to pay a visa fee of £ 275.00 – but if you apply for this visa while you are located in Australia, an additional £150 price is added to the cost.

The most expensive visa though is the student visa , which will cost UK students a price of £ 640.00 (on top of any university / school fee).

Australian Online Visa Processing Time

While an Australian eVisitor entry permit normally takes maximum 48 hours to process , Australian online visa processing time for other visa types are different.

Most Australian visa permits are processed in 48 hours or less, but some will take longer. As an example, if you will be travelling to Australia and entering the country for the purpose of going on a cruise, visa processing times for your application may take longer : anywhere from 18 to 24 days. See specific visa pages for more details on visa-specific processing times.

Australian Visa FAQ

If you are planning to travel to Australia and still have some questions about generic visa-related issues, these Frequently Asked Questions and answers (including handy tips) will help you .

Here you will learn more details about Australian travel visas, passport requirements, health regulations and any additional documentation you may need: go straight to the question of your choice or read through our entire Australian Visa FAQs to know all there is to know about travelling to Australia and entering the country with the most common types of Visa and e-Visa . Here are all the most frequently asked questions we collected:

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If you are planning to go to Australia, the country requires a valid Australian visa and a valid UK passport . The type of visa you need for Australia depends on why you plan to travel to Australia and how long you plan to stay . For example, if you are planning to go to Australia for business, you can apply for a Business Visa , if you are going for tourism you can apply for a Tourist Visa and if you are going for a longer “work and holiday” experience you can apply for a Working Holiday Visa .  In general, however, the most commonly used type of visa among UK passport holders is the eVisitor visa .

Whether you plan to fly to Australia for work or pleasure, you will need to present your passport when you arrive at an airport .

You should also have all your documentation ready to provide to your travel provider before you board your flight. You will need your boarding ticket, UK passport and the Australian travel visa most suitable for your stay in Australia – such as an eVisitor .

Once on-board, before landing you will also need to fill out a passenger identification card . It includes your name, date of birth, occupation, flight information, the address where you are staying in Australia, passport number and how long you plan on staying.

Notice that while Australian Immigration authorities have no strict requirements in terms of passport expiration dates several major airlines require that your passport is still valid for at least 6 months from your departure date – so we recommend checking your passport satisfies also this requirement before confirming your trip to Australia.

Many UK residents ask if they need a visa to visit Australia. The answer is yes. As a British citizen, you can apply for an eVisitor visa if you plan to travel to Australia for less than 90 days. Also known as e-Visa, the Australian eVisitor allows you to apply for an e-visa electronically from home to streamline the process : something you can do it right here on Auvisa.

To apply as a UK citizen, you will also need a valid UK passport – and you will need to pay a visa fee with your credit or debit card. Once you have completed the application and you are approved to enter Australia you will then receive a reference number.

Yes, even if you plan to go to Australia for a vacation, you will need both a valid UK passport and a travel Visa – typically an Australian tourist visa . If you plan to travel to Australia for less than 90 days, you can apply for a visa through the eVisitor . As a matter of fact, a valid eVisitor allows British citizens to stay in Australia for 90 days at a time for one year – you can then also request an extension if your stay exceeds 90 days.

Any time you plan to go to Australia, and you are not a citizen of the country or a citizen of New Zealand, you will need a visa . British citizens need a valid UK passport and a visa before they can travel to and enter Australia.

“Why do I need a visa for Australia?” is a question many UK travellers ask themselves, considering the good political relations between the UK and Australia. However, any foreign national who wants to travel to Australia MUST have a visitor visa . The visa policy of the country is strict about this, and requires non-citizens of Australia or New Zealand to have a visa before entry. Australia does not issue visas upon arrival, and you should have a valid visa before you make travel arrangements . If you need to travel to Australia soon and are in need of a quick visa, we recommend applying for an online eVisitor visa .

When considering the eVisitor visa , most British citizens’ visa applications are processed within 24-48 hours . In many cases, you will receive a visa grant notification immediately. To avoid delays though, make sure you enter all the required information correctly.

In some specific cases, your visa application may take longer than expected. For example, if you have a criminal record you may need a clearance from your local police, which will delay the application process.

Also in case you want to go to Australia for more than 90 days – so you are applying for a visa different from the typical Australian eVisitor – the processing time can be longer , and it can take up to 20 days to receive a visa grant notification.

If you plan on staying in Australia for 90 days or less, you can apply for a business or tourist visa to travel to Australia directly online .

Even if you want to go to Australia for more than 90 days as a Student , a Temporary Worker or with a Working Holiday Visa you can still apply directly online on our site .

Finally, here you can also apply for a long-stay (up to 12 months) Visitor visa to Australia.

How much it costs to get an Australian visa depends on why you are visiting and how long you plan to stay . For example, our rate for an eVisitor travel visa to Australia – including all fees – is £ 59.00 for each traveller. Instead, getting a student visa will cost you 512 GBP, and a travel visa of the “ Working Holiday ” type will cost you £ 515.00 .

You can pay for your Australian visa directly online on our site using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner’s Club, PayPal or any pre-paid credit card.

In most cases getting a visa to go to Australia is not hard, as you can acquire an Australian visa directly online – as long as you have a valid UK passport . However, the type of visa you need to get in order to go to Australia depends on the purpose of your visit.  Examples of Australian online visas are:

Technically, no: you cannot travel to Australia and enter Australian borders without a valid visa. If you do not have a visa when you arrive in Australia and you are not an Australian citizen, you will need a special permission to enter, or you will be forced to leave the country. As a matter of fact, if you do not meet Australia’s immigration requirements, Australian immigration authorities may deny entry.

Yes, if you are planning to go to Australia from UK, you will need a valid passport. Additionally, all children must have their own passport to travel to Australia. A child is anyone under the age of 18 who has not been married, and you must apply for a separate passport for your children if they don’t already have one.

You must also apply for a separate visa for each of your children to enter Australia, regardless of their age. In order to obtain an eVisitor from UK, your passport must be valid at the moment of application and still be valid when entering Australia. Also, most airlines flying to Australia require your passport to be valid for a minimum of six months upon arrival in Australia , so we strongly recommend complying to this requirement as well – in order to avoid any issue at the moment of departure.

In order to obtain the most commonly used Australian visas, there is normally no need to scan and send any photo.

However in some rare, specific cases Australian immigration authorities may ask to receive a scanned photo in advance, to confirm your identity and documents. In such cases, when you scan the passport photo for your Australian visa the photo must be in colour and upright.

Do not place the photo on coloured piece of paper before you scan. Your photo should show you facing the camera against a neutral background.

Additionally, it must be less than 6 months old. the width of the original photo must be 35 to 40mm, and the length must be between 45mm and 50mm. In the photo, your head must be cantered, not slumped nor tilted – and your eyes must be open and pointed directly at the camera. Glasses are only permitted if you have a prescription for them.

For short term tourism and business, after you get the approved eVisitor, you can visit Australia as many times as you like within the validity of the visa, which is usually one year from the date of issue – as long as your UK passport is still valid .

How long you can stay each time depends on the purpose of your visit. For example, if you have an eVisitor tourist/business visa, you can stay for 90 days at a time for one year . If you want to stay for longer than 90 days though, you can still apply for another visa, like a long stay visitor visa or a Working Holiday visa .

For other visa types, for example Temporary Work Visas , it is usually just a single entry. It means you can enter Australia only once.

How long it takes for an Australian visa depends on the type of visa. If you apply for your visa online, your application is processed instantaneously most of the times : historical data shows 90 percent of online British citizen applications for e-visas are processed immediately. In some cases, though, it could take between 24 to 48 hours depending on the accuracy of your application or whether you have a criminal record.

In general, most Australian visa permits are processed in 48 hours or less, but some will take longer . As an example, if you will be travelling to Australia and entering the country for the purpose of going on a cruise, visa processing time for your application may take longer: anywhere from 18 to 24 days. See specific visa pages for more details on visa-specific processing times.

There are several reasons why your visa application may get delayed. The Australian government may request more information, or there were maybe errors on your application . In some cases, your circumstances might be deemed “unusual,” and your application will then need more time for review.

Also, for some visa types Immigration has to verify all the data entered on the application form is authentic. For example, in order to release the 2 nd Working Holiday Visa , Australian Immigration has to check if 88 days of regional work have been really completed.

You need a visa to enter Australia. If it expires while you are in Australia, you are at risk of getting sent home. So, you cannot stay in Australia if you do not have a visa .

If you are wondering how long an Australian visa lasts, here is the answer: an Australian visa lasts for three, six, nine or 12 months – depending on the purpose of your visit.

For example, a short-term visa through the eVisitor is good for a three months stay . However, it is good for one year from your application date, and you can still leave Australia and re-enter as many times as you wish .

If you want to travel to Australia for more than 90 days, you will most likely need to apply for a Working Holiday visa or for a Visitor Visa (long-stay visa) , which is typically good for 6 to 12 months .

You will need a health examination if you are applying for a provisional or permanent visa. A temporary visa may or may not require an exam .

Whether you need one depends on the visa type, what you want to do in Australia or any special circumstances or medical conditions you may have. If you want to go to Australia for more than 6 months, you may be required to undergo a medical examination with chest x-rays . If needed, specific visa pages and request forms of our site will list any kind of health examination required.

In general, when you submit your application no medical examination certificate is needed . After the application has been processed, Immigration might ask for medical examination – which can only done by the panel doctors authorized by Australian Immigration.

Since Australia and New Zealand are separate countries, to enter both countries you will need two different travel visas . As a British citizen , to travel to New Zealand you must have a valid passport that is good for three months past your departure date, and you must have a visitor visa from the New Zealand eVisitor.

Since visas are now recorded electronically, you do not need to print your Australian visa. Additionally, you do not need to print out any confirmation emails since all information is linked to your passport by the Australian government. However, you may want to print the confirmation email, the confirmation numbers or other pertinent information for your own records.

The type of visa you need to visit Australia depends on why you are going and how long you plan to stay . Australia offers a variety of visa types a UK citizen can choose from , depending on the reason for your visit: online visas released by Australia’s Immigration Department include tourist visas, business visas, long-stay tourist visas and long-validity business visas; other visas are also student visas, medical visas or Working Holiday visas.

Here is our “rule of thumb”:

  • If you are getting a visa because you are planning to travel to Australia for a vacation or to visit friends or family , you should apply for a tourist e-visa (eVisitor)
  • If you have a business meeting or conference you need to attend, getting a business visa eVisitor is the right thing to do.
  • British citizens between the ages of 18-30 who want to work or study while they are on an extended vacationing should instead apply for a Working Holiday visa – also available online in the form of e-visa.
  • Long-stay visas are also available if you want to stay for more than 90 days, and they are good for up to 12 months.
  • If you have been admitted to a school or university , you have the option to apply for a student visa .
  • If none of the above fits your needs, Maritime Crew Visas , Work Visas, Temporary Work Visas and Second Work Visas are also available.

If you are unsure what visa you need to enter Australia you can find more information about each kind of Australian visa on the dedicated page .

If you are wondering how many days an Australia visa lasts, here is the answer: the most common visa for UK residents is the tourist/business visa, in the form Australia’s eVisitor Visa Stream , which lets you stay in Australia for three months at a time during a one-year period . If then you want to stay in Australia longer, you can also apply for an extension , in the form of a long-stay visa.

We could say that eVisitor e-visa is the de-facto “standard visa” for most UK residents visiting Australia , but also long-stay visitor visas are available, allowing you to stay in Australia for up to one year.

Work/Holiday visas are also valid for up to one year, with no need to leave the country every three months. .

British citizens who apply for a visa using the Australian eVisitor online form typically receive an instantaneous approval . However, there can be a delay of up to 24-48 hours if you fill out your application incorrectly or you have a criminal record.

Thanks to the help of Auvisa, in just a few easy steps you can apply for an Australian visa directly online . The application should only take a few minutes and you normally receive a response within 24 hour.

Australian Government official resources:

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ETA UK visa waiver for Australian citizens

United kingdom eta requirements from australia.

The UK government has announced that an electronic travel authorisation will soon become necessary for Australian travellers who can enter the country visa-free.

The ETA is a part of the country’s efforts to digitalise its borders and increase security for nationals and visitors from Australia and other eligible countries.

The UK ETA is a visa waiver, and the application will take place entirely online . Read on to learn how you can easily get this travel authorisation with Etauk.uk.

Are Australians eligible for the ETA UK visa waiver?

Yes, Australians are among the citizens eligible to apply for the ETA to visit the UK for the short term. Travellers from Australia will need to apply online for the UK ETA once the system goes live. They will receive authorisation via email.

The visa waiver allows travellers to spend a maximum of 6 months in the UK for tourism, business , to study, or to visit friends and family.

You also need it to transit through the UK (even if not going through border control). Additionally, you can also visit for up to 3 months with an ETA on the Creative Worker visa concession,

An approved ETA for the UK will be valid for a total of 2 years from the date of issue, or until the associated passport expires, whichever comes first. It allows multiple entries during its validity.

While the complete list of eligible citizens may change, ravellers holding an Australian passport will require this travel authorisation .

UK ETA allowed travel reasons for Australians

The UK ETA will not allow Australians to conduct any type of employment activity in the country. The approved travel reasons for the ETA are:

  • Tourism and leisure reasons
  • Visiting relatives or friends
  • Short-term study
  • Medical treatment

The above reasons are only applicable to stays of a maximum of 180 days .

Australian visitors who want to conduct long-term studies, or work in the United Kingdom, may need to apply for a visa at an embassy or consulate.

UK ETA requirements for nationals of Australia

As a visa waiver, the UK ETA only has a few basic requirements, allowing almost anyone to apply:

  • Applicants must possess a valid Australian passport
  • Have a valid email address to receive the ETA
  • Have a credit or debit card to pay the ETA processing fee

How to get the UK ETA from Australia

Australian visitors can get the UK ETA though Etauk.uk’s simplified application in just a few steps:

  • Fill in the online British ETA application form in all its parts
  • Answer a set of security questions
  • Pay the ETA fee via credit or debit card
  • Send the application for review

You can complete the entire process in around 10 minutes . Once they have submitted their application, they will need to wait for a confirmation email informing them of the approval of their ETA.

Note : Australian dual nationals who have two passports must ensure they use the same one when applying online and when travelling to the UK. There can be no discrepancies between the details on the ETA and the travel document .

UK ETA application form for Australian travellers

When filling in the ETA application form , Australians should be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Applicant’s personal details, such as full name, date of birth, country of citizenship
  • Passport details, such as number, date of issue and expiration, issuing country
  • Contact details, including home address, email address, and telephone number
  • Travel plans, including the date of intended arrival in the UK

In addition to these details, applicants from Australia need to answer a few security-related questions .

How long does it take to obtain the UK ETA as an Australian citizen?

The UK ETA will have a short processing time, around 72 hours . To ensure they receive their visa waiver on time, Australian nationals are encouraged to apply around 72 hours before their trip.

Delays, although rare, may happen if the information provided in the application form is incorrect or incomplete. Applicants holding an Australian passport should make sure they accurately fill in every part of the application form to avoid delays or even rejection of their UK ETA.

What are the benefits of the UK ETA for Australians?

The UK ETA will have significant benefits for Australian visitors and the UK government , including:

  • Increased safety due to strengthened border controls
  • An automated system allowing travellers to move faster through border controls
  • An entirely digital application process
  • A short processing time, making it easy to apply even for short-notice trips

Travelling from Australia to the UK

Until the launch of the visa waiver program, Australian visitors may still enter the UK visa-free for short-term stays .

The easiest way for Australians to travel to the UK is via air. Although there are usually no direct flights from Australia to the UK , due to the long-distance trip, travellers can find many flights with a short connection in Dubai, Doha, or Singapore. The ETA also allows travellers to enter the country via land or sea.

UK Embassy in Australia

The British High Commission in Canberra is the main UK diplomatic mission in Australia.

The address is 130 Commonwealth Avenue, Yarralumla, ACT 2600, Australia.

The UK also has consulates in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney .

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Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme factsheet – February 2024

The government’s number one priority is keeping the UK safe. To strengthen the security of our border and improve travel, the UK has launched an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) scheme - an ETA is a digital permission to travel to the UK.

ETAs are being introduced as part of our transformation and digitisation of the UK border. They will enable a more efficient customer experience and cement the UK as a world leader in border security.

The ETA scheme is broadly for visitors who do not need a visa for short stays to the UK, or who do not already have a UK immigration status prior to travelling.

On 1 February 2024, the scheme opened for nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, who will require an ETA to travel to the UK from 22 February 2024. Qatari nationals already need an ETA. Other nationalities cannot and do not need to apply yet.

An ETA costs £10, permits multiple journeys and is valid for two years or until the holder’s passport expires – whichever is sooner.​​

The ETA scheme will be introduced worldwide for visitors to the UK who do not currently need a visa for short stays, including European nationals.

We will confirm the timings in due course for when remaining eligible nationalities will need an ETA, and we will ensure they have sufficient time to prepare.

How much will an ETA cost?

  • An ETA costs £10.
  • This cost is competitive and comparable with similar international schemes by international partners.
  • As with all our fees, we will keep the cost of an ETA under review.

How do people apply for an ETA?

  • The application process is simple and fast. Most applicants will receive a response within three working days, with many receiving a result sooner.
  • The easiest way to apply for an ETA is through the ‘UK ETA app’. Individuals can also search for ‘Apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation to come to the UK’ on GOV.UK if they do not have access to a smartphone.
  • Provide contact and passport details
  • Provide a valid photo, complying with our rules for digital photos on  GOV.UK
  • Answer a set of questions
  • Individuals must travel using the same passport they used when they applied for an ETA.

How many visitors will this impact?

  • The ETA scheme will broadly apply to visitors who do not  need a visa  for short stays and who do not have any other UK immigration status prior to travelling to the UK.

How will an ETA help UK border security?

  • Those applying for an ETA will provide their biographic, biometric and contact details, and answer a short set of suitability questions. This will increase our knowledge about those seeking to come to the UK and prevent the arrival of those who present a threat.

What will happen if someone is refused an ETA?

  • If an individual’s ETA application is refused they will need to  apply for a visa  if they wish to seek permission come to the UK.

How will the scheme work in the context of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border?   

  • British and Irish citizens will not require an ETA.
  • The Common Travel Area (CTA) facilitates movement of people between the United Kingdom, the Crown Dependencies and Ireland.
  • As is the case now, the UK will not operate routine immigration controls on journeys from within the Common Travel Area, with no immigration controls whatsoever on the Ireland-Northern Ireland land border.
  • All individuals arriving in the UK, including those crossing the land border into Northern Ireland, will continue to need to enter in line with the UK’s immigration framework, including the need to obtain an ETA if required.
  • People who are legally resident in Ireland and from a nationality that does not usually require a visa to visit the UK (e.g. EEA and US nationals), do not require an ETA when travelling to the UK from within the CTA, provided they hold acceptable evidence of their residence status. Full guidance on this can be found at  GOV.UK .  However, when such residents are travelling to the UK from outside of the CTA, they will require an ETA before travel.
  • Once granted, an ETA will be valid for multiple journeys for up to two years, including those across the Ireland-Northern Ireland border whilst protecting the Common Travel Area from abuse.

Will Electronic Visa Waivers still be valid?

  • ETAs are replacing the Electronic Visa Waiver scheme (EVW) for nationals of Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. The ETA is an improvement on the EVW costing £10 and permitting multiple journeys to the UK over two years or until the holder’s passport expires – whichever is sooner.
  • Qatari visitors already need an ETA to travel to the UK.
  • Visitors from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates can now apply for an ETA, and will need one to travel to the UK from 22 February 2024. Before 22 February 2024, they will continue to require an EVW or visa to travel to the UK.

Are ETAs needed by those transiting through the UK? If so, why? 

  • Strengthening our border remains one of the government’s top priorities. The ETA scheme will give us a comprehensive understanding of those travelling to the UK and the ability to prevent the travel of those who pose a threat, including those who are transiting through UK airports.
  • Requiring those transiting to obtain an ETA will stop transit being a future loophole for people to use to avoid needing an ETA. This is in line with the US ESTA scheme.

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In our update at the end of last year, we listed various planned changes to the UK's immigration system in 2024, which taken together are intended to reduce the levels of migration to the UK. We now have some additional information from the Home Office on the timing and detail of those changes, including an unexpected announcement that most sponsor licences have been automatically renewed for another 10 years without any application.

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)

After a delay in the Parliamentary approval process, the increases in the IHS that we highlighted here will go live for applications submitted on or after 6 February 2024. Any applicants that are preparing or considering UK visa applications during Q1 2024 should consider accelerating their application to take advantage of the lower IHS rates.

Sponsor licence renewals

For as long as the sponsorship system has been operating, sponsor licences have been granted for fixed four-year periods, requiring a renewal application every four years. On 24 January the Home Office announced through the SMS that any sponsor licence expiring on or after 6 April 2024 has been automatically extended for 10 years from the original licence end date. For example, a licence due to expire on 1 January 2025 will now expire on 1 January 2035. This is welcome good news for now, as employers will save on licence renewal fees, even if those savings won't compensate for recent visa fee increases. Sponsors should check their SMS licence summary page to ensure that the extra 10 years have been added. The licence will continue until that new date unless the sponsor surrenders it, or the Home Office revokes it due to compliance breaches.

  • Sponsors that have applied for renewal recently (and whose licence end date has not been updated) will be contacted shortly and will receive a refund of the renewal fee.
  • Sponsors that have a licence expiry date between 25 January and 6 April 2024 must still apply to renew and pay the renewal fees.
  • Sponsors that were planning to let their licence lapse at the original licence end date in the coming months will now have to actively apply to surrender the licence to cancel it.

Skilled Worker visa minimum salary increase

The salary threshold for an application will rise by nearly 50% from £26,200 to £38,700. As is currently the case, sponsors must pay the going rate for the job if that's higher than the new minimum threshold. It was announced as being effective from 'Spring' 2024 – we now know it will be April 2024, with the expectation that it will be early April. In the original announcement, the transitional arrangements for anyone already holding a Skilled Worker visa by April were unclear. We now know that the £38,700 salary threshold will not apply to anyone who already has a Skilled Worker visa or has applied for one when the rules change in April 2024. Those workers can change employers, extend their permission, and apply for settlement after the rule changes without that threshold applying. They will be expected to show salary progression at those stages, even if the minimum level is not as high as £38,700.

Shortage Occupation List (SOL)

The 20% discount applied to the minimum salary for visa applicants applying for shortage occupation roles will be scrapped. The SOL will be replaced with a new Immigration Salary List (ISL), with a significant reduction in the number of qualifying roles. On 17 January the government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to do a rapid review of what roles should be on the ISL on a temporary basis, pending a full review to be conducted over time. That wider review will include a stakeholder consultation process, which will not happen as part of the rapid review. The MAC has been asked to report to the Home Office by 23 February 2024, with the new interim ISL expected to apply from early April.

Family visas

The minimum salary threshold for a family visa will also be raised from £18,600 to £38,700 to "ensure [British and settled] people only bring dependants whom they can support financially". After widespread negative reaction to the plan, the Home Office has done a soft U-turn and said that that the £38,700 earnings threshold for new family visas will not - as originally announced - apply from April 2024. The initial threshold will rise to £29,000 with a phased increase to £34,500 later this year and then to £38,700 in early 2025. As with Skilled Workers, the new thresholds will not apply to those already in the UK on a family visa when the rules change. So, for example, the annual income threshold for someone currently on a partner visa that expires in Q1 2025 will still be £18,600.

Student visas

As well as removing on 1 January the right of most international students to bring family members with them to the UK, the government is asking the MAC to review the Graduate visa route. The Graduate visa is a post-study work visa that is widely used by graduates from UK universities, but the government is concerned about numbers of applicants and whether the visa is in the UK's best interests. The review is likely to take until the end of 2024, which gives some comfort to students graduating this year who were concerned that the Graduate visa will be closed (which also happened in 2012) or restricted.

Penalties for illegal working

The fines for employers that employ illegal workers are to be tripled from £15,000 to £45,000 per person for a first offence, and up to £60,000 per person for repeat breaches. As previously, performing a valid right to work check will provide employers with a statutory excuse (defence) to illegal working fines, which makes it more important than ever to have strong processes in place. Right to work checks are an essential onboarding process for all UK employers, but especially for those that are also sponsors, as having exemplary right to work check procedures is also a crucial sponsor duty. The increases were due to be introduced on 22 January 2024, but are now expected around 13 February.

Business visitors to the UK

From 31 January 2024, the rules for business travellers are being relaxed slightly.

  • For intra-group travellers, the current restriction on working directly with clients will be removed. Employees of a linked group company outside the UK will be able to advise and consult, provide training, and share skills and knowledge with clients as well as colleagues. But only if those activities are required for the delivery of a project or service by the UK entity, rather than one is being delivered by the overseas business. Any client-facing activities must also be incidental to their employment abroad.
  • The amended rules (rather than just the guidance which is currently the case) will state that visitors can work remotely on activities relating to their overseas employment, but with the major condition that this is not the primary purpose of their visit. For example, someone on holiday in the UK can take calls and respond to emails from HQ, as you'd expect. But the general principle that visitors cannot "work" remains. So, travelling to the UK for the sole purpose of working remotely for a few months – for example as a digital nomad, or because immigration permission in another country has expired and the worker needs a different country to work in temporarily – is still not allowed as a visitor.
  • Specific experts invited by a UK based organisation for a "permitted paid engagement" won't need a separate visa and will be able to stay for more than one month. The permitted activities – which are being expanded to cover paid speaking slots at conferences - must be performed within 30 days from UK arrival.

Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA)

This online registration scheme for travellers to the UK is now live for Qatari nationals and will apply to visitors from other Middle Eastern countries from 1 February 2024, for any travel to the UK from 22 February. Roll out to all other countries – including the EU and US – is expected before the end of the year. More details in our recent update .

Youth Mobility visas

From 31 January 2024 Andorra and Uruguay will be added to the scheme, and the maximum age for Australian and Canadian citizens to qualify will rise from 30 to 35. They'll also be able to extend their two-year visa for an extra year (three years in total), to bring their scheme in line with the existing rules for applicants from New Zealand.

Digitisation

As we reported in our piece in December , this year sees a continuing move towards eVisas and digital status replacing biometric cards from the end of 2024. That process is part of a greater digitisation of the immigration system, including a long-awaited introduction of a replacement online sponsorship system.

The detail of the new rules coming in from April will be set out in a Statement of Changes that will be published in due course. In the short term, employer that are considering sponsorship for UK roles or vacancies at salaries below £38,700 should try to accelerate recruitment and sponsored visa applications before April to take advantage of current thresholds.

We also recommend that employers review the visa status of any UK based colleagues that are not currently on a sponsored visa, but that will need sponsorship in the future (because their current visa can't be extended). For example, that will apply to those working on Student, Graduate, Youth Mobility, High Potential Individual or even capped intra-company transfer visas. As part of longer-term staff retention planning, employers should consider switching them into Skilled Worker before April, sooner than originally planned, even if they still have months left on their current visas.

Do contact us if you'd like to chat through the impact of these changes.

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New international arrangements expand opportunities for UK youth

The UK’s Youth Mobility schemes with Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea have been expanded, while new schemes with Uruguay and Andorra come into effect

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Young Brits will have more opportunities to live, work and study abroad, as changes to the UK’s international arrangements with 6 countries come into effect today (31 January).

Enhancements to the UK government’s successful existing Youth Mobility schemes with Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea have come into force, including expanding the age range so more young people can qualify and gain vital life experience overseas. 

New schemes with Andorra and Uruguay have also taken effect for individuals aged between 18 to 30, with 100 and 500 places available for Andorran and Uruguayan youth respectively to come to the UK for a maximum stay of up to 2 years. 

Youth Mobility schemes build on the close relations between the UK and these partner countries by promoting and facilitating access to opportunities that enable young people to gain a better understanding of other countries and the UK’s cultures and societies, through travel, work and life experience overseas. 

Each arrangement is reciprocal and quota-based, minimising any impact on net migration and pressure on public services, while providing equal opportunities for young Brits to make lasting connections, develop their skills and bring the benefit of their experiences back home. 

Tom Pursglove MP, Minister for Legal Migration and the Border, said: 

Travelling, working and living overseas can be a wonderful and immensely valuable experience.  We are always proud to welcome young people to experience life in the UK, and strengthen the close ties between participating partner countries, while thousands of Brits similarly make life-changing journeys every year through these schemes.  Due to their reciprocal nature, these opportunities can also be provided without adding to already high levels of immigration or placing additional pressure on our public services.

The age range for the UK’s existing schemes with Australia, Canada and South Korea has been expanded today, so young people up to the age of 35 can now qualify. 

Australian and Canadian nationals in the UK on a Youth Mobility visa can also now apply for a one-year extension, taking the total amount of time they can be in Britain to 3 years. 

The reciprocal quota with Japan is being increased to 6,000, while the quota with South Korea is rising to 5,000. Citizens from both countries will now no longer be required to enter a ballot before applying.

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Learn about visa requirements for entry to Australia for tourism purposes with this list of frequently asked questions. 

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Australian Visa Information

Unless you are an Australian citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders, regardless of age, must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of Australian visa types, including tourist visas and working holiday visas, via the ETA app or on the  Department of Home Affairs website.

There are different Australian visa types available for travellers to Australia. Knowing which Australian visa to apply for depends on the length of your stay, your passport and the purpose of your visit. You’ll also need to meet certain financial and medical requirements, be outside of Australia when applying and maintain health insurance for the duration of your stay. 

Electronic Travel Authority visa  (subclass 601) This visa allows you to visit Australia as many times as you want, for up to a year, and stay for three months each visit. This visa is available to passport holders from a number of countries and regions, who live outside Australia. A step-by-step guide on how to apply is  here .

All ETA-eligible passport holders must apply for an ETA using the Australian ETA app. Agents can assist you in the application process, but you must be physically present as a live facial image is required.

eVisitor  (subclass 651) This is a free visa for multiple visits to Australia for tourism or business purposes for up to three months at a time within a 12-month period. This visa is available to passport holders from a number of European countries and it cannot be extended.

Visitor visa  (subclass 600) The Visitor visa allows you to visit Australia, either for tourism or business purposes. It is open to all nationalities. Generally, a period of stay of up to three months is granted, but up to 12 months may be granted in certain circumstances. Applicants will have to pay a fee to submit their application.

The application process may differ depending on which visa you need.

You can only apply for the  Electronic Travel Authority visa  (subclass 601) through the Australian ETA app. A step-by-step guide on how to apply is located  here .

For other visas, you can apply online by creating an ImmiAccount and completing the application process. Be sure to submit your application well in advance of your travel date to allow enough time for processing. You may be asked to provide further supporting information. You will be notified in writing if your tourist visa is approved and it will be digitally linked to your passport. For more information on different visa types, and Australian visa requirements including how to apply for an Australian visa, visit the  Department of Home Affairs  website.

If you are already in Australia and hold a valid Electronic Travel Authority visa (subclass 601) you can extend your stay by applying for another visa, such as a Visitor visa (subclass 600). An eVisitor (subclass 651) cannot be extended.

See the Department of Home Affairs website for details.

Working Holiday Visas

Australia's Working Holiday Maker program allows visitors aged under 30 (or 35 in certain cases) who hold a passport from a participating country to travel and work in Australia. Working holiday visas are valid for one year, or up to three years if you meet certain conditions.

Find out more about working holiday visas here .

*Australian visa regulations (including visa application charges) change from time to time. The information provided here is valid at the time of publication, but visitors should check this information is still current by visiting the Australian Department of Home Affairs .

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