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Australian Australian Bilateral Visa Waiver Agreements
The definition of a bilateral agreement is only a mutually beneficial agreement between two parties, in which each promises to respect its commitments. The EU has bilateral agreements with non-European countries that travel in areas such as trade and, as is the case with visa-free travel. Contact the embassy of the country where the person will be based to obtain the latest visa requirements. Note that you may need documents such as: Pass Photos; A cover letter from the AIS and/or the national sports organisation concerned out the reasons for the stay and financial assistance; and proof of health and insurance. For more information, please visit Visa Link. While many EU countries make their visa-free programme available to all passport holders, some only allow certain types of passports. Some countries consider australia`s requirement to obtain an electronic travel authority (ETA) before entering a trip to be equivalent to the offer of visa-free travel, if they decide to grant the same to Australians who wish to enter their territory. The United States, for example, offers Australian passport holders its visa waiver program, and one of the conditions for joining the system is that “governments grant reciprocal visas to U.S. citizens for 90 days for tourism or commercial purposes.”  However, as of January 2009, the United States has requested a similar ETA from citizens of Australia and some other countries. This system is not called a visa, but an electronic travel authorization system, which is why the United States still allows visa exemption for Australians.
Since December 1998, Japan has also granted visa exemption to Australians.  Other countries and territories authorized by ETA, including Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea (90 days) and Taiwan (90 days) also grant Australians visa-free access, while Brunei grants Australians a 30-day visa upon arrival.  In addition, the Australian and Dutch governments have reached an agreement that states that Australian passport holders can remain in the Netherlands for an additional 90 days, without the need for a visa after visiting other Schengen states. However, these additional 90 days are only valid/applicable if the Netherlands is the last Schengen state visited. In accordance with the eu`s visa liberalisation policy and this specific visa-free agreement, the total length of stay for an Australian citizen in Europe is 6 months: 3 months in the Schengen area, followed by only three months in Germany. While the Schengen visa policy applies to the whole region, bilateral visa-free agreements are concluded between certain third countries and the various EU Member States. The length of stay and other conditions vary depending on the nationality of the visitor, his destination and the type of passport they have. The Nordic countries see themselves as a single bloc within the meaning of the visa-free agreement. According to the Danish Embassy in Canberra, Australian citizens can remain visa-free in Denmark for 90 days, regardless of their stay in other Schengen countries.