For how long is an eTA visa Australia valid?

Do you plan to reuse your eTA visa for future visits? Learn how long your initial travel authorisation is valid for and if you will need to reapply.

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One of the simplest administrative methods of visiting Australia for your holiday, business trip or for educational purposes is to apply for an electronic travel authorisation or eTA visa. To do so, you simply need to access the online questionnaire, complete it and submit your application. However this eTA is only suitable for short visits to Australia and is only valid for a certain period of time after being obtained. Here you can learn all the details about the exact validity period and length of stay applicable to the eTA.


What is the maximum length of stay authorised in Australia with an eTA?

Before explaining how much time you can use your eTA for when visiting Australia it is important to specify that this authorisation is only valid for short visits whatever the reason (professional, touristic or educational). In fact, to benefit from the eTA electronic travel authorisation without the requirement to obtain a visa your stay in Australia should not exceed three months or 90 days. If you plan to stay for longer then you will need to obtain a normal visa.

However if you plan to stay for just a few weeks or only transit through Australia then an eTA visa is the ideal solution that will save you a lot of time.


What is the total period of validity of the Australian eTA visa?

Contrary to what one may think, once you have obtained an eTA visa it is not valid for just a single unique visit to Australia. In fact the duration of validity of this authorisation is one entire year from its issue date. This means that you have the opportunity to visit Australia as many times as you wish during this one year period.

Of course, all visits should respect the maximum duration conditions cited above, this means each individual visit should not exceed 90 days.

However, in certain cases you cannot reuse your eTA during its valid one year period. This is notably the case when renewing your passport or after the modification of certain essential data relative to the visitor. In the case of a major change in address, identity or nationality it will be necessary to repeat the travel authorisation procedure by applying for a new eTA online and paying the eTA administrative and transfer fees again.


What to do when the validity period of an eTA visa has expired?

During a year you can use your eTA visa as many times as you wish to travel to Australia. However, once this validity period has ended, all the information relative to your application and authorisation is automatically deleted. It will therefore be necessary to complete a fresh application if you wish to visit Australia again.

It should be noted that this new application will not automatically be approved simply because you have been previously granted an eTA.


How to reuse your eTA visa and under which circumstances?

As we explained earlier, the eTA electronic travel authorisation enables you to enjoy a visit of less than 90 days in Australia without the requirement for a standard visa. But its validity period is a year from the moment it is confirmed, this means from the day you receive the authorisation confirmation email. This therefore means that you have the possibility to reuse this authorisation for future visits to this country.

More precisely, this travel authorisation enables you to visit as many times as you wish during this period as long as these visits comply with the conditions of this programme. Only visits of less than 90 days as well as transits and stopovers are accepted. In the same way, you cannot try to stay for two consecutive periods with a total of more than 90 days without leaving the country between them.

Another thing, it is also necessary that the passport you plan to use for your next visit is the same as the one you used when you initially applied for an eTA. As your eTA visa is digitally linked to your biometric or electronic passport if you change it due to loss or expiry then the eTA will also no longer be valid and you will need to apply for a new travel authorisation online.

Finally, another prerequisite for the reuse of your eTA visa relates to your personal information and the responses given to the questions asked when completing your initial application. If your situation has changed (change of name, address, email address, marital status...) or if you now respond in a different way to any of the questions on the form then your eTA visa may not be accepted for your trip. In this case you are generally required to apply again for a new eTA visa online.

If nothing has changed and your visit fulfils the required conditions then you can reuse your eTA without the need for any further administrative procedures. You will simply need to present your passport to your travel company and the Australian immigration authorities on your arrival for your eTA to be confirmed.


How do I reapply for an eTA visa after its validity has expired?

If your eTA visa has expired, it will not be automatically renewed and you will need to reapply from the beginning if you wish to travel to Australia again.

Remember that the eTA visa for Australia is only issued under certain conditions. Firstly, you must be a national of one of the member countries of the scheme. If you are not, the procedure to follow is the same as for the e-Visa application.

The application for an eTA or e-Visa can only be made online via the Australian government website or a specialised website, the link to which can be found at the bottom of this page. To apply for an eTA or e-Visa, you will need to present the following items:

  • A valid biometric passport, which is compulsory as your passport number will be electronically linked to your residence permit. Remember that if your passport expires before the end of the validity period of the eTA, you will also have to apply for a new one.
  • You will also be required to provide proof of your return when you arrive in Australia. You will need to show your return ticket to the authorities there, or proof that you have enough money to buy one if you have not already done so.
  • Health insurance is also required in case you become ill while in Australia. Medical costs can be very high and it is essential that you have insurance in place to cover treatment, hospitalization and repatriation.

Applying for an eTA or e-Visa is quite simple as this authorisation will be electronically linked to your passport and can be consulted directly on the immigration database where it will be stored for one year. No document will be printed or pasted on your passport.

Remember that both the e-visa and the eTA for Australia are individual visas and it is necessary to apply for each traveller accompanying you, including minor children. Once your application has been made and the validation email has been received, you will receive a letter with an eTA number which we advise you to print out for your trip even if you will not be asked for it.

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Frequently asked questions

When should I renew my eTA visa?

There are several times when you should renew your eTA visa for Australia. The first is of course when your eTA expires. Remember that this permit is valid for two years. At the end of this period, if you wish to travel to Australia again, you will have to apply online for a new eTA.

When does an eTA visa expire before it is valid?

The Canada eTA visa is valid for two years from the date of issue, but in some cases this period may be shortened. This may be because your passport has expired or because you have changed passports due to loss or theft. It may also concern a major change in your information such as a change of identity or of course a change of nationality.

Is the eTA automatically renewed at the end of its validity?

The eTA is not an automatically renewable authorisation. In fact, when this authorisation reaches the end of its validity period, it is automatically cancelled and no information concerning your file is kept. If you wish to travel to Australia again after your eTA has expired, you will have to make a new full application and pay the fee again.