Advance Preparation for Travel to Australia

To enter Australia, a passport and a visa are required and must be obtained prior to departure for the country. New Zealanders can apply for a visa upon arrival in Australia. Contact the Australian Consulate for information on the range of visas available and their requirements. Two options for arrival in Australia are plane and ship. Check with travel agents, international airlines and cruise lines for pricing, scheduling and specific destinations. Public transposition in the form of buses, trains, taxis and shuttles is available at all international airports in Australia.

Consider obtaining travel insurance to cover loss of property, physical and medical mishaps and, if applicable, adventure sports injuries. If you are from a yellow fever infected nation or have traveled to one within six days of arrival to Australia, you are required to have a vaccination prior to entry. If you are on medication, bring the prescription or a doctor’s letter detailing your medical condition and medication. In addition to controlling pharmaceuticals, Australia does not allow illegal drugs, weapons, protected fauna, foods, skins and feathers entry into the country.

An aspect of your trip to Australia of which to be aware, if you have a disability, are accommodating facilities. Other aspects are the types of communication available, declaration of currency over $10,000, any health and safety issues and shopping. For example, duty free shopping is available once an airline ticket is purchased. There are restrictions on the amounts you can bring into Australia, such as for alcohol and cigarettes. Quantities exceeding the limits must be declared at Customs. Additional restrictions on liquid amounts allowed on the airplane are controlled.

Eastern Standard Time, Central Standard Time and Western Standard Time are Australia’s three time zones. These time zones cover a country with a varied climate. Due to its location in the southern hemisphere of the planet, Australia’s seasons are opposite those of the northern hemisphere. When it is winter in the northern hemisphere, it is summer in most of Australia. The northern Australia area has a tropical climate – wet in the summer and dry in the winter. Snow during winter is experienced in the southern mountain areas of Australia.