Holders of Latvian passports will now find it easier to visit Australia, thanks to the expansion of the visa-free eVisitor program, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship announced Oct. 27.
Under the program, Latvian citizens no longer need a visa, but must register with Australia’s eVisitor program, an online process the Australian government says should take just minutes.
Latvia is one of 11 Eastern European countries whose citizens previously needed visas to visit Australia, but all have been added to the expanded eVisitor program that now includes 35 European nations.
With the eVisitor authorization, Latvian citizens will be able to travel to Australia for tourism or business purposes and stay up to three months at a time. The eVisitor authorization allows multiple visits during a 12-month period. The eVisitor authorization also allows visitors to study in Australia for up to three months.
There is no charge for an eVisitor application, but applicants must be in good health and not have had a criminal conviction with a sentence of 12 months or more. Applications should be made at least two weeks before the proposed date of travel, according to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
Further information about the eVisitor program is available by visiting www.immi.gov.au.
The Australian decision follows the announcement earlier this month that Latvia is to join the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.
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