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How to Go to Australia on a U.S. Passport
A passport must be accompanied by other documentation for travel to Australia. (Photo: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images )
Items you will need
- U.S. passport Credit card
Apply for an ETA online, through Australia’s Electronic Travel Authority website, within 12 months before your return date from Australia. You must have a valid U.S. passport to complete the application and pay for the service with a credit card. Requests for ETAs can be made before or after you make other travel arrangements.
Record the reference number issued with your ETA application. Use this number to check the status of your ETA before your trip.
Tell your airline that you have applied for your ETA. Provide this information when booking your flight, if you have already obtained your ETA, or let your airline know once you have completed the process to ensure it has record of your application.
Provide your travel documentation when checking in for your flight to Australia. Show your U.S. passport and any other required documentation, such as your airline ticket, and the airline staff will check with the Australian immigration data system to ensure that your ETA is approved before allowing you to board the flight.
Complete a passenger card upon arrival at an Australian airport. U.S. travelers must provide name; date of birth; occupation; nationality; passport number; flight information; an address where they are staying in Australia; and the length of time they are planning to stay in the country.
Pass through immigration clearance. Provide the immigration officer with your passenger card and passport and answer any questions the officer may have. The officer will check that you have clearance to enter Australia before letting you enter the country.