Japanese citizens are eligible to travel to Australia on an electronic travel authorization (ETA). Before making any travel plans or beginning the application process for an ETA, it is important to go through the requirements set by the Australian Home Office governing travel to the country.
These requirements are meant to protect the Australian public from threats and set the criteria based upon which visas are granted to individuals. They include:
- They must have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months from the date when they arrive in Australia
- They must not be suffering from a disease or condition that may become a public health threat to the Australian population
- They must not be suffering from any disease or condition that will require costly health care or community services
- They must not need health or services that will deny Australians and permanent residents of the same
- They must not have a criminal record and must not have served cumulative jailtime of more than 12 months
- They must have a good character that can be proven through official documents
Do Japanese Citizens Need a Visa to Enter Australia?
What Documents Are Required for the Australian ETA
In order to apply for an Australian ETA, you will need a passport, a valid credit card, and an email address. You might be asked to provide additional documents if it is determined that there might be a risk associated with granting you a visa. For example, you might be asked to provide a police clearance certificate or a certificate from your employer verifying your good nature. It is important to make sure that the documents you use to apply for and travel on are original and authentic. The Australian Home Office will immediately reject any visa application submitted using fake or forged documentation.
How to Apply for an ETA from Japan
Applying for an ETA is very simple: you have to go the Australian visa website and click on the green button that says, ‘Australian Visa Application’. It will take you to page where you will be asked to enter some biographical information, including your name, date of birth, and country of citizenship. You will also be asked to enter your passport details along with a valid email address and phone number. You need to have a valid debit/credit card in order to have your application submitted and processed. Make sure that the information you enter in the application matches the information shown on your passport otherwise you risk having your authorization invalidated upon arrival in Australia. Once you provide all of this information, you can expect to receive your ETA via email after all the processing on your application has been completed.
When you receive your ETA via email, you should keep an electronic copy on you mobile or handheld device and take a printed copy with you to the airport when you travel. You will be asked to provide both your passport and the ETA to the Australian Border Force officials when you arrive.
Before arriving in Australia, all foreigners are required to complete an Incoming Passenger Card or IPC before they land at the airport. The IPC asks you among other things about your contacts in Australia and the address where you will be staying. You will also be required to declare cash above a certain amount that you are bringing in and other customs and quarantine-related declarations.
After you are cleared for entry, your ETA will be attached to your passport and this will allow you to travel within Australia and return should you leave before your ETA expires. It is very important that your passport remains valid while you are in Australia at any time. In the event that your passport expires while you are in Australia, your ETA will become invalid and you will not be able to renew it from within Australia.
Please note that an ETA does not allow a person to work, but you may engage strictly in volunteer work. If your phone number or email address change at any point while you are in Australia, you are required to let the Australian Home Office know of this change as soon as possible.