This is it, 2020 is the year you have finally decided to visit Australia, starting with Sydney.
First thing first, we believe that a well-prepared trip is a primary step to make sure that you will thoroughly enjoy your journey.
In this article, you will find what it’s essential for you to know to prepare your journey to Sydney. Links and tips. Basic but fundamental!
We still remember those moments between anxiety and excitement, reading hundreds blogs, getting pieces of information here and there, sometime not updated.
Take it easy, this post is a good start! Enjoy.
Do I need a Visa to enter Australia?
Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, the answer is yes! The Australian Government requires that you have an Australian visa to enter Australia unless you are an Australian passport holder or qualifying New Zealand passport holder. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home.
If the purpose of your travel is holidays, then you will need a tourist visa. There are a variety of visas available to travelers to Australia. The type of visa you should apply for depends on the length of your stay, your passport, and the purpose of your visit.
This visa is for multiple visits to Australia for tourism or business purposes for up to three months at a time within 12 months. This visa is free, but you must apply from outside Australia and hold a passport from a particular country. Be aware that the visa starts on the day it is granted and cannot be extended. You can apply online on the immigration website; the application is usually processed within two days.
This visa allows you to visit Australia as many times as you want, for up to a year, and stay for three months each visit. This visa is available to passport holders from some countries and regions, who live outside Australia. There is no visa application charge for an ETA. However, a $20 service charge applies for online applications only.
The Visitor visa is designed for people who are not eligible for the eVisitor or Electronic Travel Authority visa. This visa allows you to visit Australia, either for tourism or business purposes, for up to three, six, or 12 months. Applicants will have to pay a fee to submit their application
If the purpose of your travel is different than holidays or you want to stay for more than three months, you have to find another visa which fits your needs.
For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
Is there prohibited items to bring into Australia?
Australia’s customs laws prevent you from bringing drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms and protected wildlife into Australia. Some common items such as fresh or packaged food, fruit, eggs, meat, plants, seeds, skins and feathers are also prohibited. We recommend checking the Australian Border Force website to read more about banned items when visiting Australia.
Do I need travel insurance to travel to Australia?
Purchasing travel insurance that covers you for theft, loss, accidents, and medical problems before you leave home is highly recommended. If you plan on doing any adventure activities such as scuba diving, bushwalking, or traveling in remote areas, check that you are fully covered under your policy. Remember to bring your insurance policy details and emergency contact numbers with you.
Do I need any vaccinatons to travel to Australia?
No particular immunizations or vaccinations are required to visit Australia unless you have come from, or have visited, yellow fever infected country within six days of your arrival.
What is the currency in Australia?
The official currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD), which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. For coins, it comes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents as well as $1 and $2 denominations.
How can I protect myself against the Australian sun?
In Australia, the sun is very strong, and you can be burned in as little as 15 minutes, even on cloudy days! It is essential to protect yourself from excessive exposure to UV, especially if you are outside between 11 am and 3 pm. We recommend for all travelers in Australia to be as we call here ”sun smart” and protect themselves from the sun by wearing clothes to cover your skin and apply a high-level sunscreen regularly during the day plus wear your sunnies (Ozzy slang for sunglasses). Don’t forget that water is your best friend when traveling!