Entry formalities, visas and useful contacts Australia

Entry formalities, visas and useful contacts Australia

Entry formalities

Le passport is necessary to obtain the visa.

- The Minors must have their own identity document (passport for Australia).
For the authorization to leave the territory when the children are not accompanied by one of their parents, each country has implemented its own regulations.
Thus, for French minors, a law that entered into force in January 2017 reinstated the authorization to leave the country. To travel abroad, they must be provided with an identity document (passport for Australia), a form signed by one of the parents with parental authority and a photocopy of the document identity of the signing parent.

eVisitor Visa (visa 651)

The French, Belgians, Swiss and Canadians must obtain a visa to enter and stay on Australian territory for a maximum period of 3 months.

L'eVisitor Visa is aimed at nationals of the European Union and the Suises. It allows you to stay up to 3 months in Australia. It is obtained online.
Canadians should apply for a Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), which has an issue fee of AU $ 20. Both visas are valid for 1 year. You can therefore enter the territory several times a year, provided that your stay does not exceed 3 months each time.

Working Holiday Visa (visa 417) and Training Visa (visa 407)

Real grails for young people, the Working Holiday Visas (visa 417) or the Training Visa (visa 407, for an internship) allow you to stay in Australia for 1 year (for the Working Holiday Visa) or 2 years (for the Training Visa), and to be able to work there. Only restrictions: it is intended for backpackers aged between 18 and 30 (you can apply the day before you turn 31), without dependent children, holders of a passport and medical insurance valid for the entire period stay.

The application is made online, on the Australian immigration site.
Obtaining takes 11 to 34 days for a Working Holiday Visa, 1 to 3 months for a Training Visa.
The Working Holiday Visa costs AU $ 485, the Training Visa AU $ 310.

Once this work visa is in your pocket, you have access to the same employment rights as Australians, on the condition, however, of signing a contract of up to 6 months with the same employer (1 year in certain territories and for certain sectors).


Travel insurance is mandatory and highly recommended, medical expenses being expensive in Australia ... Let’s emphasize: you will be very active, whether in town or in the countryside. A small injury quickly happened and a simple sprain could become a burden that would strain your budget!
It is possible toextend your Working Holiday Visa for an additional year if you meet certain very specific conditions (sometimes geographic restrictions and by type of sector). Please note: it is of course strongly recommended not to apply for a Second Working Holiday Visa on the basis of false declarations.

Obtaining the visa by an agency

- Action-Visas.com: This serious agency takes care of obtaining your visa for all destinations. Quick deadlines, immediate processing of the file upon receipt (no waiting) and reliable service. For the province, request the visa by correspondence.

International Driving License

Although some Australian rental companies do not always require it, international driving license is compulsory, valid only if accompanied by your national driving license. The international driving license is free and valid for 3 years.

Depending on your place of residence, the procedures are done at the prefecture, sub-prefecture, your town hall or by correspondence. Please note, if certain services are obtained immediately, these procedures can take up to 3 weeks.

Travel insurance

As medical evacuation from Australia is very expensive, it is essential to take out travel insurance covering (very well) the costs of repatriation. AVI International's Backpacker travel insurance covers unlimited repatriation costs.

The Overseas Student Health Cover

The Australian government requires all foreign students to subscribe to OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover), compulsory to obtain a student visa. This insurance gives the right to a minimum level of health coverage. It covers the minimum tariffs agreed by Medicare, the Australian social system. However, it does not cover excess fees, medical repatriation, or civil liability. It will then be necessary to take out additional insurance.

Useful contacts

In France

- Embassy of Australia : 4, rue Jean-Rey, 75015 Paris. Metro: Bir-Hakeim. RER: Champ de Mars - Eiffel Tower. Phone. : 01-40-59-33-00. Open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 17 p.m.
- Also a general consulate in Noumea, and an honorary consulate in Papeete.

In Belgium

- Australian Embassy: avenue des Arts, 56, 1000 Brussels. Metro: Throne. Phone. : 02-286-0500. Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 17 pm.

In Swiss

- Australian Consulate General: Chemin des Fins 2, 1218 Le Grand-Saconnex. Phone. : (41) 22-799-91-00.

In Canada

- Australian Embassy: Suite 710-50, O'Connor Street, Ottawa, K1P 6L2. Phone. : (613) 236-0841. Open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 17 pm.
- Toronto Honorary Consulate: 175 Bloor Street East, Suite 1100, M4W 3T5. Phone. : (416) 323-4280. Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 13 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 16 p.m.
- Vancouver Honorary Consulate: 1075 West Georgia Street, Suite 2050, Vancouver, V6E 3C9. Phone. : (604) 694-6160. Open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 13 p.m. to 17 p.m.

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