Western Australia Passport Visa | The largest state in the country, Western Australia also makes credible claims to being the most handsome. Occupying the entire western third of this vast nation, it stands in stark contrast to its eastern counterparts: coastal development hasn’t occurred at the same furious pace as it has on the eastern seaboard, giving full billing to its raw national parks, relaxed coastal towns and rugged outback horizons. Western Australia’s vastness is a large part of its appeal – this is a destination that occupies travellers at length.
State capital Perth is isolated from the rest of Australia’s urban centres (and the rest of the world, come to think of it), but its laidback demeanour and ultra-modern skyline is much as you’d expect from a prosperous, cosmopolitan city. Close by is the energetic port town of Fremantle, where you can come calling for the weekend markets, excellent seafood restaurants and ubiquitous cafés.
Highlights elsewhere in Western Australia are nothing if not diverse. Travellers can sail with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef, explore the majestic karri forests of Tall Timber Country, head into the stirringly feral lands of the Kimberley, sample the delicious fruits of the Margaret River wine region, take a scenic flight above the Bungle Bungles or gaze out along the never-ending sands of Broome’s Cable Beach.
Western Australia as a whole is a vast and physical region, somewhere layered with millennia of human history and endless wraparound panoramas. It’s not somewhere you’ll want to rush through.
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Australia Visa and Passport Requirements
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To enter Australia, a valid passport is required by the nationals referred to in the chart above.
Visas for Australia are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except those continuing their journey to a third country (who hold confirmation of booking and documentation to enter the country) within eight hours of arriving in Australia. Be aware that not all airports remain open all night; travellers should check with the airline.
Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection at the high commission or embassy to check visa requirements for Australia.
Australian visa regulations (including visa application charges) change from time to time. The information provided here is valid at the time of publication, but visitors should check this information is still current by visiting the Department of Immigration and Border Protection online (www.border.gov.au) and www.border.gov.au or by calling the Europe Service Centre (tel: +44 20 7420 3690, in the UK; lines open Mon-Fri 0900-1200 for non-English calls and 1200-1600 for English calls).
Most tourists staying for three months or less require either an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or eVisitor visa (some nationals are eligible for both). These are electronically stored authorities for travel to Australia for tourism or short-term business purposes that allow multiple entries for stays of up to three months for people from certain countries (see below). The ETA and eVisitor visa are invisible and therefore do not show up in your passport.
All nationals referred to in the chart above are currently eligible for an ETA except: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia, who should apply for an eVisitor visa.
Of the nationals listed in the chart above, only EU nationals are eligible for an eVisitor visa; US and Canadian nationals should apply for an ETA.
There are also working holiday visas, student visas, and various work visas; enquire at the high commission or embassy.
Types and Cost
• ETA: free (but a A$20 service charge applies)
• eVisitor visa: free
• Visitor Visa: A$135 for applicants outside Australia visiting once; A$1000 for frequent travelers (this visa is valid for up to 10 years, but it is currently in a trial stage so numbers are limited, though it may be extended to other passport holders in the future).
ETA/eVisitor: 12 months from the date of issue (or until the passport expires, whichever comes first) and permits multiple entries into Australia for a stay of up to three months on each visit.
Visitor visa: varies according to individual circumstances and will be stated on the visa label in your passport; usually valid for up to three, six or 12 months.
Citizens of the countries listed in the chart above do not need a transit visa if they have onward flights within eight hours of arriving and remain in the transit lounge. Nationals of countries not referred to in the chart above may require a transit visa and should check with the high commission or embassy. Transit visas are free of charge.
ETA: authorised travel agents or airlines or the nearest Australian High Commission or Embassy; some nationals (including Americans and Canadians) may apply online through the main Department of Immigration and Border Protection (www.eta.immi.gov.au).
eVisitor visa: apply online (www.border.gov.au).
Visitor visa: Australian embassies, high commissions and consulates; some nationals may apply online.
ETA applications are usually processed immediately. The processing time for eVisitor visas is between one day and a month. For visitor visas, processing varies according to the nationality of the applicant and can take anything from one day to a month.
Those entering Australia on a working holiday visa are expected to bring sufficient funds to support their initial stay in the country.
Extension of stay
Anyone looking to extend their stay needs to apply for a new visa which, if successfully granted, will immediately cancel any other visa held. Those with a ‘Further stay restricted’ condition on their visa cannot usually extend their stay.
Entry with children
All travellers, regardless of age, require a visa to visit Australia. If your children have their own passport, you should apply for a separate ETA/eVisitor visa for each child entering all the details from their passports. If a child is on a parent’s passport, you still need a separate ETA/eVisitor visa, but should apply using the parent’s passport details as well as the child’s name, date of birth etc, as they appear on the passport.
Entry with pets
All cats and dogs being imported to Australia, whether it be for the first time or returning, must meet strict import conditions set by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (www.agriculture.gov.au/cats-dogs).
Embassies and tourist offices
Embassy of Australia in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 797 3000.
Address: NW, 1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20036,
Opening times:Mon-Fri 0830-1700 (embassy); Mon-Fri 0900-1200 and 1400-1600 (visa office hours).
Australian High Commission in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7379 4334.
Address: , Australia House, Strand, London, WC2B 4LA,
Opening times:Mon-Fri 0900-1700 (general); Mon-Fri 0930-1130 (notarial and document services); Mon-Fri 0900-1600 (passport services).
British High Comission in Australia
Telephone: +61 2 6270 6666.
Address: Yarralumla, Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra, 2600,
Opening times:Mon-Fri 0845-1230 and 1330-1700.
Australia Health Care and Vaccinations
* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over one year of age entering Australia within six days of having stayed overnight or longer in an infected country.
There are reciprocal health agreements with the UK, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Republic of Ireland, Slovenia and Sweden, which allow residents from these countries free hospital treatment as long as citizens carry their Medicare card. Prescribed medicines, ambulances and treatment at some doctors’ surgeries must be paid for. Personal insurance for illness and accidents is highly recommended for all visitors, including the nationals of the countries listed above.
Some visitors seem to arrive in Australia expecting danger at every turn, which is far from necessary. The standard of health care is in general very high, and despite considerable parts of the country being in the tropics, diseases like malaria or yellow fever are unknown.
The picture becomes riskier when visiting the country’s most remote and unpopulated areas, where it’s likely to take considerable time for the emergency services to reach travellers. Self-reliance is an important skill to have, so it’s worth looking into wilderness first aid techniques.
Attacks by sharks, crocodiles and the like might draw plenty of headlines on the rare occasions they occur, but are by no means a common occurrence.
Food and Drink
Standards of hygiene in food preparation are very high. Milk is pasteurised and meat and vegetables are considered safe to eat. Care should be taken, however, if preparing ‘bush tucker’ in outback areas as some insects and fauna are highly poisonous unless properly cooked.
Outbreaks of dengue fever occur in northern Queensland, especially during the wet season (Oct-Mar), and Ross River fever virus is widespread in Australia. There have been reports of Murray Valley encephalitis in northern Australia and in the northwest of Western Australia. Corals, jellyfish and fresh water crocodiles may prove a hazard to the bather. Insectivorous and fruit-eating bats have been found to harbour a virus related to the rabies virus and should be avoided. Venomous snakes and spiders exist throughout Australia and can be extremely dangerous. You should seek medical assistance immediately if bitten.
Parts of Australia regularly experience dangerously high temperatures, so common sense is essential if spending significant time outdoors. Heat exhaustion is a hazard in many parts of the country. Ensure you have adequate sun protection, and heed the now famous government advice to ‘slip, slop, slap’ – that is, slip on a T-shirt, slop on some suncream and slap on a hat.
On the same note, it’s vital to ensure you have an adequate supply of drinking water. This isn’t much of an issue when you’re kicking back on a busy beach surrounded by shops, of course, but if you’re heading off on a long journey (be it by foot, by bike or by motor vehicle) water supply becomes hugely important.
Inexperienced surfers often see Australia as the ideal place to start learning. Some of the surf spots are world-class, but the surf itself can also be dangerously strong – watch out for undercurrents and powerful tides. In short, know your limitations, particularly at beaches without lifeguards.
Few foreigners associate Australia with extreme cold, but it also pays to be aware that parts of the south can become bitterly cold over the winter months. Hypothermia can be as big a risk here as in any other chilly climate.
Australia Public Holidays
New Year’s Day
31 March Note: Except Tasmania.
Money and duty free for Australia
Currency and Money
Australian Dollar (AUD; symbol A$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of A$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of A$2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.
Major credit cards are accepted. Use may be restricted in small towns and outback areas.
Found in all major towns and cities. However you may have limited or no access to ATMs in small towns and outback areas.
Widely accepted in major currencies at banks or large hotels. However, some banks may charge a fee for cashing traveller’s cheques. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller’s cheques in a major currency.
Mon-Thurs 0930-1600, Fri 0930-1700. These hours may vary slightly throughout the country.
The import and export of local and foreign currency is unrestricted. Amounts over €10,000 or equivalent must be declared.
Exchange facilities are available for all incoming and outgoing flights at all international airports in Australia. International-class hotels will exchange major currencies for guests. It is recommended that visitors change money at the airport or at city banks.
Australia duty free
The following items may be imported into Australia by travellers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 25 cigarettes or 25g of tobacco or cigars.
• 2.25L of alcoholic drinks.
• Personal belongings that you’ve owned and used for at least 12 months.
• Other goods to a value of A$900 (A$450 if under 18).
There are very strict regulations against the import of non-prescribed drugs, weapons, firearms, wildlife, domestic animals and foodstuffs (including meat, poultry and dairy; plants or parts of plants [including fruit, nuts and seeds]; animal products [including wool, skins and eggs] and any equipment used with domestic animals) and other potential sources of disease and pestilence (such as vaccines or viruses). There are severe penalties for drug trafficking.
For further details on customs regulations, contact the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (www.customs.gov.au).
The export of protected wildlife and associated products is strictly controlled, including the export of coral, turtle shell, snake or reptile skin, orchids, caviar, ivory products, hunting trophies and traditional medicinal products.
If you plan to export any heritage-listed goods, including works of art, stamps, coins, archaeological objects, minerals and specimens, you need to apply for a special permit.
The export of Australian native animals and plants is either prohibited or restricted.
Also prohibited are firearms, pornography and narcotics.
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