You must have a valid U.S. passport and a visa to enter Australia. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. Airlines and many travel agents in the United States are also able to apply for ETAs on behalf of travelers.

If you overstay your ETA or any other visa, even for short periods, you may be subject to exclusion, detention, and removal by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection(DIBP).

If you are, travelling on a valid U.S. ePassport (a passport that contains an electronic chip) and are 16 years of age or older, you are eligible to use Australia’s automated border processing system, SmartGate, upon arrival in Australia. There is no additional enrollment process or fee to participate in SmartGate. Visit the SmartGate website for more information and for a list of participating airports in Australia.

Visit the Embassy of Australia website for the most current visa information.

If you have not applied for your passport, please do so immediately to ensure ample time for processing.


Non-U.S. citizens should contact the Embassy of Australia for specific entry requirements. Please note: Non-U.S. citizens may require re-entry documentation to enter the U.S. after traveling abroad.


College football returns to Sydney after the success of the 2016 game between Cal and Hawaii. This year’s game features the Stanford Cardinal against the Rice Owls in the kick-off to their 2017 college football season at Allianz Stadium on Sunday, August 27.

U.S. travelers will enjoy Australian culture and explore Sydney leading up to the game, while still experiencing your pregame rituals oversees. LEARN MORE


The New South Wales (NSW) Government Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall, is thrilled to have College Football action returning to Sydney in what will be an action-packed afternoon and a boost to the local economy.

Destination NSW is the lead government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and major events sectors. LEARN MORE



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