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I intend to

  • Fly from Cambodia to Sydney
  • In Sydney board a cruise ship with Bahamas flag
  • By said ship visit more places in Australia (Melbourne, Perth, ...)
  • Leave by said ship towards Indonesia

Would that count as a single visit (=free eVisitor visa) where I just happen to use an alien transport vessel, or as multiple visits (=20AUD ETA visa) because I am legally in the Bahamas in-between? From my experience, passports get only entry-stamped upon arrival at the first port and exit-stamp when leaving the last, but I just wanted to be sure ...

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I don't know where you got the "single visit" thing from? An eVisitor can be used for as many visits as you like during its validity, only you cannot stay longer than 3 months each time.

As stated here (click on "What the eVisitor lets you do"):

enter Australia for up to three months during each visit during the 12 months from the date the eVisitor is granted

So your question is void: there's no reason for a German to pay for an ETA rather than getting an eVisitor.

But in any case: when you clear immigration in Australia, you've entered/left the country, period.

  • Hm, the big blue box at the top of border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/651- sumarises "This visa lets you visit Australia: - to visit or for business visitor purposes - for up to three months at a time within a 12-month period.​" whereas border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/601-#sub-heading-0 says "This visa lets you visit Australia: - to visit or for business visitor purposes - as many times as you want, for up to a year - and stay up to three months for each visit.​" So the eye-striking difference is that the latter has an additional bullet point that emphasizes multiple entry ... – Hagen von Eitzen Feb 11 '17 at 13:51
  • @HagenvonEitzen You're misunderstanding "three months at a time". It means 3 months during each visit, not 3 months in total within the 12-month period – Crazydre Feb 11 '17 at 13:53
  • @HagenvonEitzen Click on "What the eVistor lets you do", and it'll say "enter Australia for up to three months during each visit during the 12 months from the date the eVisitor is granted" – Crazydre Feb 11 '17 at 13:58
  • Yes, I've stumbled across that "each" by now as well, which implicitly suggests that multiple entry is possible. I wonder why they then did not choose makesimilar formulations in both descriptions, though. Variation for stylistic reasons may not always be a good idea in legal texts ... :) – Hagen von Eitzen Feb 11 '17 at 13:58

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