An elderly relative of mine in Japan is planning to visit Australia soon and needs to apply for a Class 601 Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Unfortunately, some genius bureaucrat has decided to require that ETAs can only be applied for using their terrible mobile app (1.6 stars on App Store), and our relative speaks zero English, struggles with even the simplest IT tasks, and didn't even have a mobile phone until last year.
Is there some kind of service in Tokyo that could walk them through the entire process? Open to travel agencies, paying somebody via some Japanese equivalent of Fiverr, etc.
And before you ask:
- There really are no alternatives to the app for applying for an ETA. (Yes, there used to be a simple web form, but there isn't any more.)
- The app requires taking a live selfie and scanning the passport's NFC chip, so we can't do it on their behalf.
- The relative is not eligible for an e-Visitor visa and we'd really prefer to avoid going down the subclass 600 full tourist visa route, which is much more expensive ($150 vs $20), slower (10% of applications take over 35 days) and generally a lot more uncertain.