Let us take the hassle out of applying for visas. If you consider the amount of running around time, follow-up required and general inconvenience of this small but vital part of your travel plans, we can make it a breeze. Call us for more information, or drop instore and talk to one of our consultants. Below, we've listed some useful information regarding visas that you might want to consider.
Many countries require travellers to have at least six months validity remaining on their passports. Immigration authorities may refuse entry if you arrive with less than this. Renew your passport before travel or check with the diplomatic mission of the country concerned in Australia, or your local travel agent, whether this rule applies to them.
A visa is a stamp or form placed in your passport when you enter, and sometimes when you leave, a foreign country. A form of permission for a non-citizen to travel to, enter, transit or remain in a particular country. A visa does not guarantee entry. That remains the right of the immigration officials of the country concerned.
Some facts about Visas:
- Some countries may ask visitors to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover intended stay.
- Some countries refuse entry to visitors who do not comply with their requirements regarding general appearance and clothing.
- Some countries have compulsory currency exchange regulations on first entry.
- Only the country/countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about visa requirements for passport holders.
- Deportation is at the traveller's expense.
- Be aware that if you have the visas of some countries in your passport (eg Israel) you may be refused entry into others. Advice? - Check it out before you go!
Australians are advised that only the country you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about its specific visa requirements. Travellers should contact the nearest High Commission, Embassy or Consulate of the countries they plan to visit well in advance of travel.
Generally, Australian tourists planning to spend less than a total of 90 days (within a six month period) in the 'Schengen area' do not require visas from countries which are parties to the Schengen Convention. Australians who are likely to exceed the cumulative 90 day limit, or who are visiting the Schengen area for other than tourist or business purposes, should contact the High Commission, Embassy or Consulate of the country or countries concerned to obtain an appropriate visa.
The following countries are parties to the Schengen Convention: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and Spain.
Australians should be aware that the United Kingdom, Ireland, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania and Switzerland are not part of the Schengen area. Australians should consult the nearest High Commission, Embassy or Consulate of these countries for visa information.
Visa rules relating to work and business visits are governed by the individual countries and inquiries must be made at relevant embassies and consulates. Australia has reciprocal arrangements with a number of countries in the Schengen area which may allow young people to have an extended holiday, supplemented by short-term employment. Further information on working holiday programme visa arrangements is available from the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website.
- Visas Requirements for Australian Citizens? - https://visalink.com.au/frontpage.aspx
- Obtain an Australian Passport - https://www.passports.gov.au/Web/Forms/EntryPoint.aspx
- Further information on working holiday programme visa arrangements is available from the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website