Tourists from Brazil and Argentina will be able to apply online for a visa to visit Australia from February 15, with applications for the e676 electronic tourist visa now open to them.
A spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) said the e676 allows people to apply for a tourist visa electronically using a fast, secure and convenient application process.
“These new arrangements mean applicants from Brazil and Argentina have the ability to check the progress of their application electronically,” the spokesman said.
“A notification is sent to the client at the time of decision, providing details of the visa, and airlines are able to confirm the visa entitlements through the Advance Passenger Processing system.”
The visa does not require a visa label to be placed in a passport but clients can, if they wish, print a copy of their visa approval notification email to carry with them while traveling to Australia.
Citizens of Brazil or Argentina who are unable to lodge an e676 application online can continue to lodge their tourist visa application directly with the Australian Embassy in Brasilia (Brazil) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) respectively.
For more information and to gain access to the lodgement gateway, go to www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/e676.htm.
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