Security at mainland Australian airports has increased in recent years, at both domestic and international terminals, but Tasmania’s arrivals procedures are generally less time-consuming.
All visitors to Australia, and thus Tasmania, need a visa. Apply online through the Department of Immigration & Border Protection (www.border.gov.au), unless you are a New Zealander (Kiwis are granted a special visa upon entering Australia).
- Many European passport-holders are eligible for a free eVisitor visa, allowing visits to Australia for up to three months at a time within a 12-month period.
- eVisitor visas must be applied for online. They are electronically stored and linked to individual passport numbers, so no stamp in your passport is required.
- It’s advisable to apply at least 14 days prior to the proposed date of travel to Australia.
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- Passport-holders from many of the European countries eligible for eVisitor visas, plus passport-holders from Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and the USA, can apply for either a visitor ETA or business ETA.
- ETAs are valid for 12 months, with multiple stays of up to three months permitted.
- ETA visas cost $20; apply via travel agents worldwide, or online.
- Short-term Visitor visas have largely been replaced by the eVisitor and ETA. However, if you're from a country not covered by either, or you want to stay longer than three months, you’ll need to apply for a Visitor visa.
- Standard Visitor visas allow one entry for a stay of up to three, six or 12 months, and are valid for use within 12 months of issue.
- Visitor visas cost from $140 to $1020.
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- Nationals from Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, China, Indonesia, Israel, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the USA, Uruguay and Vietnam who are aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a Work and Holiday visa prior to entry to Australia.
- Once granted, this visa allows the holder to enter Australia within three months of issue, stay for up to 12 months, leave and reenter Australia any number of times within those 12 months, undertake temporary employment to supplement a trip, and study for up to four months.
- The application fee is $440.
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- Young (aged 18 to 30) visitors from Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK are eligible for a Working Holiday visa, which allows you to visit for up to 12 months and gain casual employment.
- Holders can leave and reenter Australia any number of times within those 12 months.
- Holders can only work for any one employer for a maximum of six months.
- Apply prior to entry to Australia (up to a year in advance) – you can’t change from another tourist visa to a Working Holiday visa once you’re in Australia.
- Conditions include having a return air ticket or sufficient funds ($5000) for a return or onward fare.
- The application fee is $440.
- Second Working Holiday visas can be applied for once you're in Australia, subject to certain conditions.
If you want to stay in Australia for longer than your visa allows, you’ll need to apply for a new visa (usually a Visitor visa 600). Apply online at least two or three weeks before your visa expires.
There are no restrictions for citizens of any particular countries entering Australia, and thus Tasmania. If you have a current passport and visa, you should be fine.
There are stringent rules in place to protect the 'disease-free' agricultural status of this island state: fresh fruit, vegetables and plants cannot be brought into Tasmania. Tourists must discard all such items prior to their arrival (even if they’re only travelling from mainland Australia). There are sniffer dogs at Tasmanian airports, and quarantine inspection posts at the Devonport ferry terminal. Quarantine officers are entitled to search your car and luggage for undeclared items. See www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/biosecurity-tasmania for a detailed traveller's guide.