If you are a Spanish citizen traveling to Australia, you don’t need any visa to enjoy this beautiful country as a tourist. But you still need an electronic entrance permit (also known as sVisitor, similar to ESTA for the US)
Still, to avoid inconveniences and delays, you should apply for a eVisitor 2 months before your flight (You should not have a problem to get it, I applied and get it in 2 hours). Just visit the website of the Australian Government and fill it out the form. Keep a copy or just write the reference number in case you have to deal with that at the airport.
What about to get a working visa?
That’s a tough question. In the latest year many world citizen wants to develop their business and careers and the old American Dream is now the Kangaroo Dream. The Aussie government is getting every year more restricted and selective in order to grant working visas. A part from the old way, that any local company will sponsor you, even if you are a skilled person (check the list of skilled job here) you still will have to suffer for a long process until you are granted your visa (and most probably you will have to reapply (and obviously pay again the fee) and get your career diplomas translated and validated in order to get the working visa.
Is there any way to work in Australia?
If you speak already quite acceptable English, another idea is apply for the student visa (you can do it while already in the country) and join any course (English, business, surfing) whatever is possible, if they are a recognize school or academy. After you get your student visa, you are allowed to work legally up to 20 hours a week. The minimum salary is Australia is 15AU$ per hours and renting around should be around 160 a week in the biggest cities. You won’t become rich, but at least you will be able to survive there. If you are applying as a couple, only one of the applicants needs to attend one course. The partner is allowed to work as well at least 20 hours a week.
Does it really worth live in Australia?
Australia is a country full of contrasts, huge. The feeling of youth is very strong and people are quite healthy and fit. If your English is intermediate, a few months here will definitely push it and you will have a lovely experience. For the lucky countries that can get a working – holidays visa (Belgium, Canada, the Republic of Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.) Do not lose the opportunity and do it before you turn 30. But if you really want to do a living, the cost of relocating and living in Australia are very high and you might not enjoy. Still, do not miss the opportunity to visit this awesome country as a traveler! (never as a tourist, you know my opinion!)
Thinking about going to Australia?