Are you travelling from the EU or UK to Australia at short notice, and you did not yet apply for a visa? Submit an urgent application. The delivery time for an urgent visa application is less than 60 minutes in 95% of cases. However, it is advised submitting the visa application several weeks before departure if possible.
Urgent Australia visa: usually within an hour
Approximately 95% of urgent visa applications for Australia are approved within 60 minutes after payment. You will receive confirmation of the approved visa by e-mail, as well as by text message. Print the confirmation and take it with you on your trip, or make sure you can show it on your smartphone or tablet in the (rare) event that you are asked to.
No guarantee on delivery time, even when urgent
In the 5% of cases where an urgent application is not approved within 60 minutes, the reason is usually that a random check is carried out by the Australian immigration service. While a more extensive background check rarely results in the visa application being rejected, it can result in a delay of several hours to days. Read more about the cost and the delivery times of the Australia visa.
Apply for an urgent Australia visa
Visa check before departure
The immigration services of most countries check whether arriving passengers have the required visa only after arrival. However, the immigration service of Australia has a visa system that is linked to both the passport of the traveller and the information systems of the airlines. The fact that your airline has access to the immigration system means that you can be checked for a valid visa before arrival.
You must have your Australia visitor visa or ETA visa before departure
The immigration service fines airlines that accept passengers who do not have the correct travel documents. Did you apply for an urgent visa just before departure? The visa must be approved by the time you check in, not at passport control on arrival in Australia. As an additional security measure, every tourist or business traveller is also checked again upon arrival to ensure that they have a valid visa for Australia.