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Visa Requirements for Tourism in Australia You Need to Know
If you’re planning a trip to Australia, you’re not alone. In 2018, the country welcomed more than nine million visitors who came to see people, animals and landmarks of the island continent. Before you book your flight, you’ll need a visa that lets you enter and stay in the country legally. Here’s what you need to know about visa requirements for Australia.
Australian Visitor Visa Types
Australia has 14 different visitor visas that allow guests to visit, study and work temporarily. Certain tourist visas, such as the Tourist Stream, eVisitor and Electronic Travel Authority, let you stay in the country for up to 12 months to visit as a tourist. With the eVisitor and Electronic Travel Authority options, you can enter as many times as you want during that one year period. If you have family in the country, you can apply for the Sponsored Family Stream, a family-sponsored visa that lets you stay for up to one year.
Other temporary visas have specific purposes. A Transit Visa lets visitors in the country for up to 72 hours, and Medical Treatment Visa allows them to seek medical treatment. Individuals who need to visit for business purposes other than working or selling products can apply for the Business Visitor Stream. People between the ages of 18 and 30 can apply for working holiday visas that let them work in the country to fund their trip. There are also two visas specifically for citizens of China.
Visa Processing Times
According to Australia’s Department of Home Affairs, visa processing times range from less than one day to just under two months. The Electronic Travel Authority has the shortest wait time, and the government grants most of these visas in less than one day. The Working Holiday Visas have the longest wait time, but 90 percent of these visas get approved within 53 days.
Requirements for US Citizens
United States citizens must have a valid passport when they enter Australia, and the passport must have one page available for the entry stamp. They don’t need any special vaccinations, but there are currency restrictions. Anyone entering or leaving the country with more than 10,000 AUD must declare the amount of money they have.
Online Visa Services
You can complete visa forms for Australia online or on paper. The online visa service is called ImmiAccount. After signing up for an account, you can complete an application, submit supporting documents and correct errors you made to a previous application. You can also check the status of an Australian visa or visa application through the system.
If the government needs more information from you to continue processing the visa application, you’ll find that information in the ImmiAccount system. For example, you might see a notification to schedule a health examination or biometric appointment under the Actions Required tab. The Department of Home Affairs also uses the system to communication with visa applicants.
What Happens if You Overstay Your Visa?
It’s against the law to stay in Australia after your visa expires. If you overstay your visa you have two options: leave the country or extend your visa. Depending on the type of visa you have, you might be able to extend the visa as long as you apply for the extension before the original expiration date. Another option is a Bridging visa A, which gives you temporary legal status until you decide whether you want to extend your visa.
If you don’t have the option to extend your visa, you have to leave as soon as possible However, you can’t just hop on a plane. The government may detain you at the airport, bill you for the cost of removing you from the country or deny your future visa applications for up to three years. To avoid this, you should apply for a Bridging visa E. This temporary visa gives you legal status so you can arrange your exit.
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The faroe islands are tied to the danish immigration policy. however, there are some differences in working, residing, and visiting the faroe islands compared to denmark..
If you come from a:
A. NORDIC COUNTRY
You are not obliged to hold a passport for entry to the Faroe Islands but will need a photo identity document. You may stay indefinitely in the Faroe Islands without any further permits.
B. EU-COUNTRY AND SCHENGEN COUNTRY
You do not need a visa or other permit to visit the Faroe Islands. You may enter with a passport, or, for visits, a national ID card (that includes a photo) from one of the below countries. This only applies to citizens of the below countries. It is NOT sufficient to be a foreign resident; you must be a citizen.
Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Estonia Finland France Germany Great Britain Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lichtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Netherlands Poland Portugal Romania Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland
C. OTHER COUNTRIES
Visitors from countries outside the EU and Schengen area must usually hold a passport valid for at least three months beyond the planned stay in the Faroe Islands. Depending on the nationality, a visa may also be required. The nationalities requiring a visa for entering the Faroe Islands is the same as for Denmark and can be seen here .
The Faroe Islands are NOT part of the Schengen Area. Consequently, people cannot enter the Faroe Islands based on their Schengen visas or Danish visa. When a visa is applied for at the Danish Embassy, it must be specifically for the Faroe Islands.
The conditions for obtaining a visa for the Faroe Islands are similar to the conditions for obtaining a visa for Denmark.
A visa for Denmark does not give the holder the right to enter the Faroe Islands unless it is stated in the visa, just as a visa for the Faroe Islands does not give the holder the right to enter Denmark if it is not stated in the visa.
Visa is required for entering the Faroe Islands regardless of whether the person has a residence permit in Denmark. Correspondingly, a visa is required when entering Denmark, even though the person has a residence permit in the Faroe Islands.
Further information for foreigners living in Denmark, who wish to visit the Faroe Islands, can be found here .
If in doubt, contact the airline, ferry, or cruise company you are arriving with.
WHERE TO APPLY FOR A VISA
Visas are applied for at the Royal Danish Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.
A list of Danish Embassies and Consulates around the world can be viewed here .
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We are visiting the Faroe islands during a trip to Europe and our days in Faroe would tip us over the 90 day limit.
We understand that the Faroe islands are not in the Schengen Zone however want to be sure they are not counted under the 90 days in 180 day rule? We will be flying to the UK following Faroe.
Thanks for your help!
This is not a question for public forumsbit for Faeroese immigration: http://www.immigration.fo
My best non educated guess:
Maybe Iepurica knows? But please: for certainty: check with http://www.immigration.fo
Thank you - I did check with the embassy who weren’t too sure but I have since heard back. In case anyone else stumbles across this thread with the same question, Australia has a bilateral visa waiver agreement with a few countries (including Denmark) that allows an additional 90 day stay irrespective of days already spent in the Schengen zone making this a non-issue. I cannot re-enter the Schengen zone and so my bilateral visa waiver stay must be at the end of my EU trip.
The USA also has bi-lateral agreements with several countries, but I had challenges finding out how to gain approval. From all indications, they are only given 2 to 3 days before the end of the 90 day stay, and must be applied for in person. Due to testing requirement timelines and flight bookings, I decided not to risk it. I would love to know if this worked out for you.
A bit late to add but: Faeroer isn't Denmark. It's part of the Kingdom of Denmark (consisting of the countries of Denmark, Faeroer and Greenland). So do check what the exact scope of the bilateral agreement is because I think those are with the country of Denmark and not the full Kingdom.
Okay, thanks. Yes, I know the bit about Faroes not being part of Denmark, which is why I was attempting to have the stop excluded from my 90 days in the Schengen zone. What I failed to mention is at the time I was researching the extension, I had moved further south, and was looking at bi-lateral agreements with Spain or Greece. But in the end, due to the short lead time to apply, I ruled it out as an option.
Thank you - on the same note Faroe is also not part of Schengen zone and so would not count towards our 90 days if border control reviews our documents in Faroe. If we are checked at Denmark rather than Faroe, then we have the bilateral agreement to rely upon. Seems to fine either way!
In the case of the US, the bi-lateral agreement was not a "given." One had to apply in person 2 to 3 days in advance and be approved. Hopefully the process is easier between Australia and Denmark.
Best of luck! Please do let us know how it worked out.
Check very carefully how those bilateral agreements work and how to use them. Also be sure to have all official documentation about them with you as you can't expect all immigration officers to know them by heart. But with regards to the validity. I've always understood the bilateral agreements only 'work' on top of any other regulations.
1. Say you're touring Europe. Flying into Portugal and meandering up to Denmark. At day 89 of your 90 day allowance you turn up at the danish border. In this case you can can use the bilateral agreement to stay in Denmark for more than your regular 90 days in Schengen.
3. You decide to fly in to Finland and meander through the Nordics arriving in Denmark at day 10 of your Schengen allowance. You stay in Denmark for 10 days and then travel on. As far as I know you can NOT use the bilateral agreement for those 10 days and you'll only have 70 days left.
4. You've stayed for 90 days in Schengen in February. And return to Denmark for a 2 week holiday you can use the bilateral agreement once again as it is used on top of your regular Schengen visa.
Be very sure to check this very thoroughly getting everything in writing from competent authorities (and not a dimwitted stranger who thinks she or he knows something like me :)). These bilateral agreements tend to be very complicated and very restrictive.
Yes. It’s count. Faroes has no passport control or any document check between Schengen country. Faroe is not part of Schengen but it’s part of a group of autonomous places considered Schengen special border relationship.
Felipe, you're wrong I'm afraid. Faerøer are not part of Denmark and are not part of Schengen. A Schengen visa is NOT sufficient to enter the Faerøer islands. See: https://www.visitfaroeislands.com/plan-your-stay/before-you-arrive-in-the-faroe-islands/passport-visas/
Quote from that site: The Faroe Islands are NOT part of the Schengen Area. Consequently, people cannot enter the Faroe Islands based on their Schengen visas or Danish visa. When a visa is applied for at the Danish Embassy, it must be specifically for the Faroe Islands.
So what is your source that the Faerøer is somehow considered to have a special relationship with Schengen.
On the other parts you're wrong as well: there CAN BE border checks between the Nordic countries just like there can be in Schengen. But only a photo ID is needed and you need to be a citizen. Residency isn't enough. Same goes for Schengen. A passport or national ID card is needed and you need to be a citizen. All of these can be checked.
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When you travel to the Faroe Islands, you might need to organise a visa. You will find all information needed in this article.
A valid visa is usually required when you do a short-term visit to the Faroe Islands. A short-term stay in the Faroe Islands stretches over less than 90 days.
As for now, the Faroe Islands is a part of the Kingdom of Denmark . However, even though you have a valid visa to access Denmark or a Schengen country, you will need a separate visa when travelling to Faroe Islands. The Faroe Islands is not a part of the EU and the Schengen Agreement.
ID cards are widely used in some European countries such as Germany, Switzerland and Italy. That is totally fine and will do.
If you are a citizen in one of the European countries in the chart below, it is sufficient to bring with you a valid national ID card. This has been standard practice in the Faroe Islands for many years.
You can enter the Faroe Islands with a national ID card when you are a traveller from one of these countries. No passport needed.
Do I need a visa to visit Faroe islands?
Whether you need a visa or not to travel to the Faroe Islands for a short-term visit up to 90 days depends on which country you are a citizen.
People from the Nordic countries including Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway are free to visit Faroe Islands. Also, if you live in a visa-free country , you will not need a visa to travel to the Faroe Islands.
When you have decided to travel to the Faroe Islands, it is time to apply for a visa for entry into the untouched nature in Faroe Islands. If you already have the permission needed to access the archipelago, you can start planning your trip to the Faroe Islands by browsing the widest selection of things to do and see in the Faroe Islands .
Will a Denmark Schengen Visa get me to the Faroe Islands?
As the Faroe Islands are outside the EU, things work different from Denmark. You will not be able to enter the Faroe Islands with a Schengen visa to Denmark.
Make sure to go to the Danish embassy or consulate in your country of residence. Then apply for a visa specifically to the Faroe Islands. Once you are granted with a Schengen visa for the Faroe Islands, it will say in the comment section: “Valid for the Faroe Islands”.
How to Apply for a Visa to Faroe Islands
If you want a visa to the Faroe Islands and also a visa to Schengen, you actually need to only fill out one single application. When you have got your single visa, you will have the advantage of being able to travel to both the Faroe Islands and any Schengen country without restrictions at all.
In order to apply for a Faroe Islands visa, you need to get in contact with the Danish Embassy in your country. Secure yourself a visa to the Faroe Islands now by contacting the Danish embassy or consulate in your country . A visa to the Faroe Islands issued by the Danish Embassy will give you the right to explore the Faroe Islands.
Where to apply for a Faroe Islands visa in my country
You will hand in your application to visit Faroe Islands at your local Danish mission or an office representing the Danish mission in your region.
In some countries you can apply for a Faroe Islands visa in several locations. As an example there are twelve places in China where Chinese citizens can apply for a visa to Faroe Islands. When you want to visit the Faroe Islands from China, you will get your Faroe Islands visa at the Danish mission in these cities:
See the full list of places around the world where you apply for a Faroe Islands visa . The list includes missions where Denmark share a representation agreement i.e. a Swedish or a Norwegian office.
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