No visa necessary for Germans traveling to Australia
As you may very well know, the electronic visa exists, and it spares its holder from a trip to the embassy of the country they are visiting. Australia is one of the countries that release such a document, and as a German citizen, you are given access to an electronic visa if your trip is for business or tourism purposes. All you have to do is go online and follow a few steps.
Keep in mind that German citizens qualify for both an Australia eVisitor and an Electronic Travel Authorization. The one you choose to apply for is up to you.
Step one: find a visa service
In this day and age, when the electronic visa becomes more and more common, it is not difficult to find a visa service. However, finding a good visa service is entirely another story. While there are many such services out there, you need to find one with good reviews and excellent customer support. That way you can tell that the company takes care of its reputation and ensures a positive experience. After all, you want the application process to be easy right?
Step two: make sure that you meet the requirements
Since we have already established that German citizens qualify for an electronic visa, we can say that the eligibility requirement gets a ‘check.’ However, there are a few others that you need to fulfill. Even so, nothing on the requirements list is difficult to acquire, and you may already have everything you need.
The first thing on the list is the passport. If you do not have a passport, then you should get one. At the same time, if the passport you have expires in 6 months or less, you need to obtain a new one since Australia’s visa policy asks that your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in Australia.
Since this is an online application process we are talking about, you do not need much else besides an e-mail address and a method of payment that allows you to pay online. But if you have all these three, you are good to go.
Step three: fill in an application form
As you can imagine, a form is in this equation, and you need to fill one in. It depends on the visa service you choose, but the online application is usually pretty straightforward and allows you to finish the job in about 20 minutes. All you have to do is provide your personal information, details regarding your trip, as well as passport info. You may also be required to upload some documents such as a copy of your passport’s information page.
After you make the payment and do everything else, you can submit your application, and the e-visa should be ready in a couple of days tops. The electronic visa can usually be obtained in a lot less time than that, with some visa services processing your application in just half an hour. As you can imagine, the sooner you want your visa, the more you have to pay, but that is for you to decide.
Step four: travel to Australia
The e-visa is electronically linked to your passport. Before your trip, make sure that the information on the document you receive via e-mail is the same as the one in your passport. That is crucial. If there are any discrepancies, your e-visa is invalid, and you need to apply for a new one. The best way to avoid that is to make sure that the information you provide is correct before you submit your form.
While it is not necessary, some people like to print out their e-visa before departure. You can do the same if you want, but chances are that nobody will ask for a physical copy since the staff members at the airport can check whether or not you have the travel document you need on their computer. After all, they need to check when you board your flight.
The bottom line is that as a German citizen, you can avoid a trip to the nearest Australian embassy and apply online for your visa. The online application process takes less time and energy than the one you need to go through at the embassy, and the travel document is ready for use so much faster.
May 14, 2019, 7:32 p.m.