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Old November 7th, 2009, 03:19 PM
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Going to Australia in February. Only thing we need now is the visa. I have gone on line and looked at several sites, with different prices.

Want to get it on line. So, can anyone tell me which site they have used and if it worked out ok. Some even sell at $12, a discount, but............don't know.

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Old November 7th, 2009, 04:03 PM
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We used the official site at http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/. It worked fine. The process is quick and easy.
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Old November 7th, 2009, 04:06 PM
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Don't you only need and ETA? (which means no stamp and you do not need to take send your passport anywhere).
http://www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/visitors.htm . This is our government site with details and you can apply online - the cost is $A20 through them.
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Best to use the Official Website mentioned below -

"These ETAs do not attract a visa application charge, however there is a $20 service fee for each ETA applicant.
Note: Your travel agent or airlines can also book your ETA."

And I thought Electronic Travel Authorities were free. Bit rich to charge $20 service fee for such a simple electronic application.
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I used Zierer Visa Service. It took all of three minutes and cost $45. It is an ETA so no need to send in your passport or anything.
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I used Zierer Visa Service. It took all of three minutes and cost $45. It is an ETA so no need to send in your passport or anything.
Sorry, but you paid too much.

The correct cost is $20 Australian. Your travel agent could have done it for you.

I think people get confused thinking it is a Visa. It is an Electronic Travel Authority, which used to be done by travel agents and airlines, which is why a passport is not required.
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Thank you for the references to the offical sites for obtaining an Australian visa. I read that the ETA visa information is " accesible by airlines, travel agents and Australian boarder agentcies ".

We will be arriving in Australian by cruise ship, transfering to a different cruise ship and continuing around Austrailia. Will the cruise ships also have access to the ETA information?
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To avoid confusion, you MUST have a passport to enter Australia as well as an ETA. A standard tourist visa is valid for 3 months but you are not permitted to work (try telling that to the student backpackers!). Whichever way you obtain your ETA (via a travel agent is quickest and best IMO) there will be a charge for it. If you are asked to pay more than about $20 then query it, if it's less than that check carefully as it may not be legitimate. While we welcome visitors to this great country with open arms, if you don't arrive with the correct documents you can and will be refused entry. I have friends in other parts of the world who look at this policy in awe....

PS Get your ETA before you leave home?

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We just got back from our Rhapsody cruise around Australia. Yes, use the government ETA web site shown above. Yes, get it online now, print the receipt and keep it. When the Aussie officials scan your passport, the ETA shows up on your record.

If your cruise is going to Papua New Guinea, you will also need a visa for PNG, and the cruise line provided ours for $40 each. You MUST have one even if you stay on the ship, and the only US location is in Washington, D.C. By the time you pay for the postage, photo, and fee, it will be the same or more than the ship's charge.
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Old November 9th, 2009, 09:03 AM
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Want to get it on line. So, can anyone tell me which site they have used and if it worked out ok. Some even sell at $12, a discount, but............don't know.
It is not worth $6 to worry about what you're getting from whom, and whether a discount site is a fake or fraudulent site. Giving passport information to a scam site could end up causing grave difficulties. It could lend a new meaning to "penny wise, pound foolish".

Just go to the official Australian government website (the link's already been given) and do it there. Quick, easy, secure - and no worries.
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I used Zierer Visa Service. It took all of three minutes and cost $45.
Even if that was $45 for two people, you have paid too much! On the official government website it's only about $18.50 per person at the moment.
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From personal experience, it's easy and fast through the government website. Confirmation came back within an hour. Perhaps the $12 (US) cost was from earlier this year when the Aussie dollar was weaker. In any case, as mentioned, do you really want to send some "ID rich" information to an unknown third party to save $6 ?

The ship or airline taking you to Australia will have your ETA details, and they definitely check for it and your passport before you board. If you are denied entry due to paperwork problems they must return you to your originating point at their expense...so they make *very* sure that won't happen! When we were checking in at LAX my son was fine but they didn't show my ETA. The agent said "No worries, this happens all the time". He also said even if they couldn't find it, he could request a new ETA and get approval. Fortunately after a few minutes of typing he found it.
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I appreciate everyone's input. We definitely will go with the official government site.

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I probably did pay too much but I have always used visa services and after the ordeals for Brazil and China it alleviates any stress to have them handle it. To me it's worth the extra money.
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I probably did pay too much but I have always used visa services and after the ordeals for Brazil and China it alleviates any stress to have them handle it. To me it's worth the extra money.
I can understand your concern and confidence in a familiar visa service company.

I don't think the Government does enough to explain how ETAs came about, how travel agents/airlines used to do it, and how it is not related to Visas.

As a result, I'm sure lots of people get ripped off.
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Can Canadians use the ETA system or do we need a Visa?
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Our TA is doing this and paying for this as part of our Bon Voyage gift!! Sweet....
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Can Canadians use the ETA system or do we need a Visa?
http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tour...ligibility.htm

Yes, Canadians can apply for ETAs on line, as per official website. You don't need a visa for short term tourist visits.

Wripro - I stand corrected as ETAs are listed under Visas.
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Getting a visa for Australia, apply on line for a free EVisitor visa which is available for tourist purposes.. This free visa is available to all European countries.
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Yes, it is free for European. For some reason we charge USA (and probably others). I was telling my mother in law she had to get the ETA and it would cost $20AUD and then discovered that it was free for her.
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