Visa Requirements for WA
Visa requirements for those planing to visit WA.
As a travel destination, Western Australia has a lot to offer visitors of all ages because of its sunny climate and mix of diverse landscapes and busy modern cities. However long you are planning to stay, there is so much to discover. You can take a cruise down the Swan River past Perth`s skyscrapers and stunning public gardens, head to the Ningaloo Reef and swim with the docile whale sharks that live there, explore the Gascoyne Murchison outback or take a ride on a camel across Broome`s Cable Beach. There is no doubt that time spent in Western Australia will be an experience you won`t forget.
However, before you pack those bags, make sure you investigate the visa requirements needed for travel to and in Australia. There is a variety of visas available, depending on your reasons for travel and how long you want to spend there. The most popular are the Travel Visa, Working Visa and Study Visa, which are all reasonably simple to apply for and can be issued quickly.
Firstly, you will need to check your passport, as it will have to be valid for the full duration of your stay. If you have less than six months left, some airlines may refuse to carry you. Make sure everything is updated before you go. It is also likely that you will need to show you have sufficient funds to cover your time there, so be prepared to have a substantial amount of money available.
You will need to decide which visa is the right one for you. It you are simply visiting Western Australia for a holiday, then the Short Travel Visa is likely to be the best choice. If you`re travelling from an ETA-eligible country, you can apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) Visa, which can be applied for online and will be held electronically against your passport details. The ETA Visa allows up to three months travel within the country and is relatively easy to get. If you aren`t from an ETA-eligible country, you will need to apply for the similar, but paper-based Short Travel Visa instead. Should your visit to Western Australia be for business reasons, you may want to choose an ETA Business Visitor Visa, which will also allow you to stay in the country for up to three months.
If you are looking for a longer visit, perhaps to study in Australia or to make your trip into a working holiday, you can get special visas that cover this. A Working Holiday Visa is aimed at 18 to 30 year olds who want to experience Australia as part of a gap year or for longer than three months. To qualify for this visa, you will need to be within the age range and will have to meet health and character requirements, but once approved your visa will be valid for up to 12 months.
Similarly, you could choose to live and study in Western Australia using a Study Visa. There are a range of Study Visas available, depending on the kind of study or course you are enrolled on, with the visa remaining valid for the length of your course.
As there are so many different types of travel visas available, it may help to do some research before you start planning your trip. Immigration advice
is available from a number of websites, where you will also find quick links to online applications.