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Old 03-02-2014, 07:56 AM
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Hi, I'm an American and I'm 16. I'd like to visit Australia for about a month or so by myself.

I did a quick Google search and came across the ETA Tourist Visa. Am I eligible to apply for it even though I'm under 18?

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Hi, I'm an American and I'm 16. I'd like to visit Australia for about a month or so by myself.

I did a quick Google search and came across the ETA Tourist Visa. Am I eligible to apply for it even though I'm under 18?

Thanks
Hi Jugex,

All you need is a copy of your birth certificate and a parent consent letter stating where you will be staying and their contact details in your home country. If you are not working in Australia, then the Tourist Visa is good, but if you intend to work, I think you better refer to the Immigration's website. There's a visa called Working Holiday Visa but I don't remember the age limit on this.


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Hi Jugex,

All you need is a copy of your birth certificate and a parent consent letter stating where you will be staying and their contact details in your home country. If you are not working in Australia, then the Tourist Visa is good, but if you intend to work, I think you better refer to the Immigration's website. There's a visa called Working Holiday Visa but I don't remember the age limit on this.
Hi BobMacBaren, thank you for the quick reply.

No I don't intend to work in Australia. So I'll be applying for the tourist visa.

About my address in Australia, let's say I decide to stay at a homestay. Would I need to provide a letter from the homestay provider? Or if I decide to stay at a hotel, would I need to provide a copy of my hotel booking? Or would it be sufficient if my father mentions the address in his consent letter?

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Hi BobMacBaren, thank you for the quick reply.

No I don't intend to work in Australia. So I'll be applying for the tourist visa.

About my address in Australia, let's say I decide to stay at a homestay. Would I need to provide a letter from the homestay provider? Or if I decide to stay at a hotel, would I need to provide a copy of my hotel booking? Or would it be sufficient if my father mentions the address in his consent letter?

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Hi Jugex,

As to my knowledge, there's no need to provide the booking letter BUT it would be better if you provide the booking letter just in case the Immigrations Department asks for it.

I wrote based on my experience with my son travelling to Australia last year. Remember to write the address of your stay in the arrival card and fill the card correctly as it is regarded as an oath.

Thanks.


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See, Bob, I'm not sure your situation really applies to Jugex... she's planning on travelling alone. How do you book a hotel at only 16 years of age? I have no idea if that's even possible here or not... can you even travel as an unaccompanied minor to another country and not have an adult to retrieve you from the airport? I'm hoping someone who knows more about traveling alone at that age can comment.

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See, Bob, I'm not sure your situation really applies to Jugex... she's planning on travelling alone. How do you book a hotel at only 16 years of age? I have no idea if that's even possible here or not... can you even travel as an unaccompanied minor to another country and not have an adult to retrieve you from the airport? I'm hoping someone who knows more about traveling alone at that age can comment.
Hi CollegeGirl,

Well, the best way to know is to email the Immigrations Dept and they'll answer you ASAP.


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I don't think there will be a problem entering the country if you can prove that you have accommodation booked and you can stay there.
The bigger problem is getting accommodation in Australia. I know YHA and other hostels require you to be 17 or older (and if 17 you need a letter from your guardian) to be allowed to stay with them. I'm pretty sure the same is true for hotels.

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See, Bob, I'm not sure your situation really applies to Jugex... she's planning on travelling alone. How do you book a hotel at only 16 years of age? I have no idea if that's even possible here or not... can you even travel as an unaccompanied minor to another country and not have an adult to retrieve you from the airport? I'm hoping someone who knows more about traveling alone at that age can comment.
It's not as far as I know. Hotels will not rent a room to a minor, as far as I know. I think the whole thing would be very tricky, even as far as unaccompanied international flights for a minor.....

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I travelled alone to the UK for the Christmas holidays at age 15 but the difference was that I went to visit my auntie who picked me up from the airport and provided me with a place to stay. By memory, my mum had to pay an extra fee to have me travel as an unaccompanied minor and I got extra assistance from the flight staff who made sure I made it there safely.

I can't imagine a 16 year old would find it easy to book a hotel, nor would I suggest it!! Australia is a great country, but to travel it alone at 16 is ringing alarm bells in my head. I stayed with my aunt, but she pretty much laid down the ground rules and acted as my guardian.

I assumed you meant travelling here to spend time with family or friends, but do you mean entirely on your own? Most young people who travel on backpacking tours and tourist holidays usually come with other people - friends, or at lease A friend. Being alone and 16 sounds scary for me!

Can I suggest that if you do find a way to do this, and if you decide to do this, that you do NOT advertise the fact to people in Australia. Do not, whatever you do, try and enlist the help of a stranger to show you around. Try and hook up with a legitimate tour group if possible.

Have you considered looking at doing some sort of school exchange? That way you will have a host family and will be much more safe.

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I agree with Star - it would be very risky.

Have you looked into a student exchange program where you could stay with a host family? Many people I know did this when they were teens and absolutely loved it!

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