If you are on the way to the airport, or even if you are already at the airpot, it IS possible to get an ETA for Australia online quickly. However, there are no guarantees, so here is everything you need to know.
There are a few simple requiements for applying online last minute.
Passportfrom an ETA eligible country
Within 20 minutes of applying, your visas will be sent over to you via email. Once this email is received, your airline will be able to retrieve and view your ETA in their systems within 6-8 minutes. Once they are able to view your visas, you will be able to both check-in and board your flight.
If you are connecting through a different country first, then the visa will likely be checked on your Australian-bound flight rather than your first flight. However, we encourage you to apply as early as possible so that you are not stranded in the connection city/country.
As soon as you have the above requirements covered (passport, credit card, and email address), you can apply using our online ETA application. Be sure to choose Urgent Processing on the application, as pictured here. This will ensure you get it fast (20-minutes) and not a standard order.
As mentioned above, there is no guarantee you will be approved. However, in our experience with processing over a million visas over the last 10 years, we experience a greater than 94% success rate on visa approvals.
If you are not approved, we will notify you via email and provide suggestions for you in how to obtain your visa. In short, you'll likely need to change your flight, as the Department of Home Affairs will require more information, which can lead to a substantial delay of 2-weeks or more, but may vary depending on seasonality and where your local Australian visa office is located.
Because an ETA is 100% electronic, your visa will be sent to you via email. This will confirm that your visa has successfully been issued, and you can then check-in with airline personnel. Be sure to include a current and accurate email address when applying, and be very careful to list all of the correct passport and name information when applying.
For more information, and help with your ETA, please visit our ETA information page.
If you are not eligible for an ETA, then it's likely you will need to apply for a tourist stream visa (or Visitors visa). This process is different than applying for an ETA, and generally takes longer to obtain.
A complete list of countries eligible for an ETA are:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong SAR, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, South Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States.
NOTE: If you have dual citizenship, then you can apply with any of the above passports, so long as you are carrying it with you on your way to Australia. In other words, you must have this passpot on you if you wish to apply for a visa.