Visa Information for Travel to Australia

Do I require a visa?

ALL visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia.

Visa Options

If you are planning to visit Australia to participate in an event such as a conference, and you are not being paid for your participation in the event, you need to apply for:

  • ETA (subclass 601), or,
  • eVisitor visa (subclass 651), or,
  • Visitor (Business Stream) visa (subclass 600)

The following information will help you identify the right visa and application process applicable to you.

PLEASE NOTE: This information is a guide only. It is the responsibility of the individual traveller to make sure they are applying for the correct visa.

[1] eVisitor [subclass 651] – Online Applications

For a conference event, European Union (EU) passport holders, and some other European passport holders, are eligible to apply individually online for an eVisitor visa (subclass 651) to travel to and enter Australia. Applications for eVisitor visas are free. Passport holders from the following countries can apply for an eVisitor visa online:

  • Andorra
  • 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

You need a separate eVisitor for each family member travelling with you to Australia, including those who are younger than 18 years of age and are included on your passport.

See: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/651-

[2] Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) [subclass 601] – Online Applications

For a conference event, passport holders from a number of countries are eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (Subclass 601) to travel to and enter Australia. There is no visa application charge for ETA applications lodged online but a service fee of AUD20 is charged for use of the ETA website.  Passport holders from the following countries may apply for an ETA online:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong (SAR of China)
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • The Netherlands
  • United Kingdom—British Citizen
  • United Kingdom—British National (Overseas)
  • United States
  • Vatican City

Each family member travelling with you to Australia will need a separate ETA. This includes any children younger than 18 years of age who are included on your passport.

See: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/601-

[3] Visitor Visa [subclass 600] – Online or Paper Based Applications

For countries not listed in [1] and [2] above, this visa lets you visit Australia for conference purposes. The base application charge for this visa ranges from AUD135 to AUD340. If you are outside Australia only certain passport holders can apply for this visa online.  If you are not eligible to make an online application you should submit a paper application for the Visitor visa (subclass 600), which can be lodged at your nearest Australian Immigration office to your current place of residence:

See: http://www.border.gov.au/Lega/Lega/Help/Location/Our-Offices

As this process may take up to 3 months, we strongly encourage you to begin the visa application process no later than July 2015.

[4] Temporary Work Visa [subclass 400] – Online

The Temporary Work (Short Stay Activity) visa (subclass 400) is the appropriate visa for those intending to undertake one or more of the following roles/activities:

  • People involved in the organisation or delivery of the event
  • Speakers, presenters or delegates who are being paid (including appearance fees) for their participation
  • A role/activity that would normally be remunerated
  • Exhibitors engaged in retail activities (sale of goods or services directly to the general public)

See: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/400-

Visa Application Requirements

Things to consider before lodging an application: Visa Application Requirements Information Sheet – July 2015.

If you require a letter for your visa application:

In some cases, it will be necessary for you to obtain a letter from us stating that you will be attending the MM-15 conference. The process for requesting a visa letter is as follows:

  1. Register for the conference.
  2. Send us your request for a visa letter via email to registration2015@acmmm.org . Please include the following information:
    • Full name as it appears in your passport: Last name, First and middle names
    • Gender
    • Email address
    • Telephone number
    • Detailed postal address
    • Country of Passport; Passport Number; Passport Expiry Date
    • Current country of residence
    • Date of Birth
    • Are you an ACM member? If yes, ACM member number.
    • Will you be presenting at the conference? If so, the paper or session you will be presenting.
    • Proposed visit dates to Australia
  3. We will email the letter as a PDF as well as put the visa letter in the mail usually within 5 business days.

We are only able to generate visa letters for paid attendees and organizing committee members, so it is important that you register for the conference before requesting a visa letter. If you have any questions, please contact registration2015@acmmm.org

DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this document is a guide only. It is the responsibility of the individual traveller to make sure they are applying for the correct visa.