Visitor Visa or Electronic Travel Authority

COVID -19 Testing and Treatment:

Public Health Directions should be following when you are not sure about the status of your Visa or when you don’t have a visa. In case of feeling sick, obtain necessary medical treatment and obtain COVID-10 tested. 

Free testing and treatment of COVID-19 are offering by many state and territory governments which include:

  • Western Australia
  • Victoria
  • Tasmania
  • South Australia
  • Queensland
  • Northern Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Australian Capital Territory

A person having Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or Visitor Visa:

For a temporary stay in Australia, permission obtains through ETAs and Visitor Visas. While staying in Australia, ETA and Visitor Visa holders should make arrangements to depart anywhere, in the case when you are unable to support yourselves. To leave Australia, you don’t need to apply for a travel exemption. 

When you can’t move back to your own country then, obtain medical advice and must maintain a valid visa for Australia as per need. 

Checking in case of Visa Cease:

If you are still in Australia at the end of your permitted stay period, your Visitor Visa or ETA will be ceased automatically. 

It is important to check:

  • Your ETA expiry and conditions through our Check an ETA service
  • your Visa Details in VEVO, the my VEVO app in your visa grant letter, or your Immi Account

Note: Through a round trip cruise, if you leave and returned to Australia, the time spend on the cruise is considered as time spent in Australia that means we do not take this time when you have left Australia. On your visa, a round trip cruise will not affect the stay period. If we consider your cruise to be a round trip cruise then ask your cruise operator or travel agent. 

Extending my Visa:

It is not possible to extend an ETA or Visitor visa Under the Australian Migration Law. Before your current visa expires, you must apply for a new visa. 

In different cases, you can apply to stay in Australia as a Visitor (tourism stream) if you can support yourself. Go through Visitor Visa processing Arrangements, if you have already applied for a new Visitor visa in Australia. Due to entry restriction, you are unable to return home if your Visitor visa is expiring and you may be eligible for the COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa when you cannot meet the requirements of another visa. Including a visitor visa, you will need to explain the reasons why you cannot meet the requirements for another visa. This explanation includes evidence and a statement that shows you don’t have enough funds to pay another visa application charge (VAC) due to some reasons. 

If you have an opportunity for employment in a COVID-19 critical industry sector, you may also be eligible for the COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa if your Visitor Visa is expiring. you can also move to your other visa option as per conditions. 

Applying for a New Visa:

We support you to apply:

  • not before 4 weeks before your current visa ceases
  • whenever possible, in ImmiAccount

Until a decision is made on your visa application, you may be obtained a bridging visa that will keep you lawful in Australia when you apply for a new Visa. Before you apply for another visa you will need to request a waiver of this condition, if you have a ‘no further stay condition” attached to your visa. 

You can apply for another visitor visa even after the expiry of your current substantive visa as long as it is within 28 days of the expiry date if your visa has already expired. For more information, visit My Visa has expired. 


In Australia, Visitor Visa and Eta holders are not allowed to work. 

Conditions of Visa:

The Department determines that Travel restriction for COVID-19 may avoid some visitors that move internationally from Australia departing as their planned or follow their conditions of the visa. When considering any additional applications, we will take this into account and make sure that you are not affected by all the circumstances that are not in your control. 

Some Visa conditions implemented in Australia on Visitor visa holders:

Condition for not further stay (according to 8535, 8534, and 8503)

 You should apply for a new visa before your current visa ceases if your request is approved. 

You need to request to waive this condition if you want to apply for another visa and your visa will crease in less than 4 weeks. 

You cannot apply for other visas in Australia in most cases unless the condition is waived and you hold a visa with a No Further Stay Condition. 

8531 condition (after stay period ends, must not remain in Australia)

This condition does not stop you from making any additional visa applications as this condition cannot be waived. According to this condition, before your current visa ceases, you should apply for a new visa. 

8558 condition (stay in Australia between 12 to 18 months’ period)

This condition never prevents you to apply for a new visa application as this cannot waive. by this condition holding, you can apply for a new visa application. If you are in Australia at the end of the stay period, then your visa automatically ceases. If you have stayed between 12 months to 18 months’ cumulative period then your visa will not automatically cease.

Processing arrangements for a Visitor visa:

Processing time has been affected and applications take more time for finalization due to COVID-19. Bridging visa is granted when applying for a Visitor visa and before its expiry bridging visa start and help to make you lawful in Australia. Bridging visas help to stay in Australia but some delays also face in grant notification of bridging visa. But whenever you receive the grant notification you should not worry about your lawful state in Australia. 

The information provides to you when we take any decision or need any information. 

You can withdraw the application before deciding the case of leaving Australia. for getting all the updated check messages from Immi Account.  

Disruption of services:

Due to COVID-19, application processes of Visa affected and also delay many services in a short period. You will get additional time for all these checks and arrangements. 

Further information granted:

Through your ImmiAccount, send us a request for asking any additional information. If information is not provided then you have to upload an explanation through ImmiAccount. we will contact you and handle the services disruption in case of requiring any additional information. 

For Health examination take an appointment:

For visas, we will inform you about the health examination. If your appointment has been canceled or you are not able to get an appointment with Bupa Medical Visa services in the time frame then:

  • Provide all explanation through ImmiACcount
  • For the next available date make an appointment 
  • After getting the appointment, inform us through ImmiAccount about the schedule of the appointment. 

When considering the visa application, consider the delays and closures. Again contact you before deciding to get any necessary information.


The government of Australia provides many visa options for all the visitors through Visitor Visa or ETA and makes their stay lawful without any issue. Complete and accurate information and guidance are provided to remove any issue or ambiguity. it is important to follow all the processes to apply and obtain a visa from Australia. 

The post Visitor Visa or Electronic Travel Authority appeared first on Evertise.

Usman Sabir