Gman94
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Tourist Entry Into Australia

Tue Jan 31, 2006 6:44 am

Does anyone know about the Passport requirements for entering Australia. I am visting this coming Christmas/New Year and my passport runs out in February next year. I know some countries require your passport to be valid for 6 months after you leave a country, does this apply to Australia as well?

The only information I can find is that I need a Australian ETA, other then that it says all I need is a valid passport.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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RE: Tourist Entry Into Australia

Tue Jan 31, 2006 7:26 am

I'm feeling generous today Gman94.

I contacted the Department of Immigration, Multicultural Affairs and Indigenous Affairs (*grumble*) - and the passport office informed me that unlike other countries which require 6 months validity on a foreign passport, Australia has no such requirement. However, they advised in the strongest possible terms that you enquire with the airline you're flying with, and also with Australia House, London on 09065 508 900 or by emailing London.cc@dfat.gov.au

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Gman94
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RE: Tourist Entry Into Australia

Tue Jan 31, 2006 7:32 am

Cheers for that QFF, your just a big cuddly teddy bear at heart. Big grin
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RE: Tourist Entry Into Australia

Tue Jan 31, 2006 8:13 am

You may find it easier to renew your passport before you go - you will be credited for the unused time - following quote is from the UK Passport site:

http://www.ukpa.gov.uk/passport_renewing_when.asp

"You can renew a passport up to nine months before it runs out. If you do this we will put a credit on your new passport for the unused time (in whole months) that was left on your old passport the day the new one was issued."

Obtaining the on-line ETA is very easy and quick.
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RE: Tourist Entry Into Australia

Tue Jan 31, 2006 7:24 pm

When I visited Australia in 2001 I assumed that as a British passport holder I didn't need a visa... wrong! I guess QFF has friends in the immigration department...  Wink
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cosec59
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RE: Tourist Entry Into Australia

Tue Jan 31, 2006 7:27 pm

I have an ETA which is valid for 12 months, unlimited entries, maximum stay 30 days. Can be arranged online and cost around £8.00
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RE: Tourist Entry Into Australia

Tue Jan 31, 2006 9:05 pm

Do Americans still need a Visa to visit Australia? I recall I had to get one back for my visit in 1989, as well as a prepaid airline ticket with an outbound flight and enough money and credit cards to pay for my stay.
 
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RE: Tourist Entry Into Australia

Tue Jan 31, 2006 9:16 pm

I presume you hold an American passport? If so, you use an ETA to enter Australia, as opposed to a visa (what wonderful perks us allies enjoy!)

The details are on this website: http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/

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RE: Tourist Entry Into Australia

Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:48 pm

Damn good system if you ask me. Helps keep the undesirables out (assuming they haven't already got in, eh QFF ??!!! )

Meanwhile, from Galileo:

TIETAS C. ABOUT ETAS/3
01: ---------------------- ABOUT ETAS ------------------------
02: ALL TRAVELLERS, OTHER THAN AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND
03: CITIZENS, REQUIRE AUTHORITY TO TRAVEL TO AND ENTER
04: AUSTRALIA. THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT HAS SIMPLIFIED THE
05: PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING THAT AUTHORITY BY DEVELOPING THE
06: ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORITY SYSTEM (ETAS)

TIETAS F. NATIONALS/6
01: ------- PASSPORTS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR AN ETA
02: THERE ARE 34 ETA ELIGIBLE PASSPORTS
03: ANDORRA AND MALAYSIA MYS
04: AUSTRIA AUT MALTA MLT
05: BELGIUM BEL MONACO MCO
06: BRUNEI BRN NETHERLANDS NLD
07: CANADA CAN NORWAY NOR
08: DENMARK DNK PORTUGAL PRT
09: FINLAND FIN SAN MARINO SMR
10: FRANCE FRA SINGAPORE SGP
11: GERMANY D SOUTH KOREA KOR

12: GREECE GRC SPAIN ESP
13: HONG KONG HKG SWEDEN SWE
14: ICELAND ISL SWITZERLAND CHE
15: IRELAND IRL TAIWAN TWN*
16: ITALY ITA UK-BRITISH CIT GBR
17: JAPAN JPN UK-BRITISH NAT O/S GBN**
18: LIECHTENSTEIN LIE UNITED STATES USA
19: LUXEMBURG LUX VATICAN VAT
20:
21: * HOLDERS OF TAIWAN PASSPORTS CAN ONLY BE
22: PROCESSED FOR AN ETA IF RESIDENT IN AND
23: APPLYING IN TAIWAN
24:
25: ** HOLDERS OF UK PASSPORTS WHICH INDICATE
26: THEIR NATIONALITY TO BE BRITISH NATIONAL
27: (OVERSEAS) CAN ONLY BE PROCESSED FOR AN ETA
28: IF RESIDENT IN AND APPLYING IN HONG HONG

We issue them for free, but I don't know if you have to pay for them online.
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