Visa and Travel

INVITATION LETTERS

The 10th APNME Conference Organising Committee will offer invitation letters to persons who have registered and paid the complete registration fee. The letter will provide proof of registration and proof of payment.

Official Acceptance and Invitation Letters may be obtained by contacting the Conference Organising Committee by email: [email protected]

Invitation Letters can only be requested once payment of registration has been received.

Please note that when applying for your Visa you should include a copy of your registration confirmation.

VISA DETAILS

Please note that all travellers to Australia must have a valid visa before boarding their plane. Travellers to Australia cannot apply for a visa on arrival, with the exception of New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders, who will be issued a visa on arrival in Australia.

All international participants should review the following information carefully. There are currently three possible visa options and the appropriate visa to apply for will depend on the country of passport.

We strongly advise all participants to apply for a visa at least 8 weeks in advance of their intended date of travel.

1. eVISITOR

Delegates with passports and a working email address (to communicate with the department) from any of the following EU or European ETA-eligible countries or locations can apply for an eVisitor visa (subclass 651):

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom-British Citizen, Vatican City.

You can apply online free of charge at: http://www.immi.gov.au/Services/Pages/evisitor-online-applications.aspx

NB: in some cases, applicants applying for online visas are referred to an Australian visa office for additional processing.

These visas are label-free and provide a stay of up to three months in Australia within a 12 month period. eVisitor visa holders are permitted to attend events and to partake in general tourism activities.

2. Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

Passport holders from a number of countries are also eligible to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) (Business Stream, Subclass 601) to travel to and enter Australia. ETA-eligible countires are:

Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Brunei*, Canada*, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong (SAR)*, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan*, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia*, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore*, South Korea*, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan (resident and applying from Taipei), United Kingdom – British Citizen, USA*, Vatican City.

All passport holders from countries above can apply at participating airlines, travel agents, or an Australian visa office overseas. The ETA can also be applied for through many travel agencies, although they may choose to impose a fee to travellers for this service.

Passport holders from countries marked with (*) can apply online at: https://www.eta.immi.gov.au/ETAS3/etas?tab=&submit=apply. A service charge of AUD$20 applies to online applications.

NB: in some cases, applicants applying for online visas are referred to an Australian visa office for additional processing.

These visas are label-free and provide a stay of up to three months in Australia within a 12 month period. ETA visa holders are permitted to attend events and to partake in general tourism activities.

If your family members hold a passport from an ETA eligible country and want to travel with you to Australia they must apply for their own ETA. This includes your children under the age of 18 who are included on your passport.

3. Visitor (Business Stream) visa (Subclass 600)

Passport holders not eligible for an eVisitor or an ETA can apply for the Visitor (Business Stream) visa (Subclass 600).

If you are an applicant in Indonesia, please see: http://indonesia.embassy.gov.au/jakt/checklist_visitor.html

If you are an applicant in P. R. China, please see: http://china.embassy.gov.au/bjng/DIAC07092012p23en.html

If you are an applicant in Mongolia, please see: http://www.vfsglobal.com/australia/mongolia/english/visitorvisas.html

If you are an applicant in India, please see: http://india.embassy.gov.au/ndli/vvsc60020313.html

Additionally,

For Form 1415 Application for a Visitor (Business Stream) visa (Subclass 600) See: www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1415.pdf
To obtain the application document checklist for a Visitor (Business Stream) visa (Subclass 600) See: www.immi.gov.au/visas/visitor/_pdf/600-document-checklist.pdf
To find the nearest Australian visa office to your current place of residence. See: www.immi.gov.au/contacts/overseas/index.htm

Each family member who holds a passport and wants to travel with you to Australia must apply for their own application. This includes children under the age of 18 who are included on your passport. The most appropriate visa for accompanying family members is the Visitor (Tourist Stream) (Subclass 600).

RELEVANT WEBSITES

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC): www.immi.gov.au. There is a wealth of helpful information on DIAC’s website about Australian missions overseas, how to apply for visas and further information on visa applications; customs clearance, quarantine regulations, health issues, arrival and departure and more.

The DIAC World Index provides a list of all Australian immigration offices outside of Australia by country and by city.

The information is regularly updated and includes:

  • Information identifying the post where residents of each country should lodge applications for entry and where these applications are processed and decided
  • Street and postal addresses, telephone and facsimile numbers of each immigration office, the website name and e-mail address for each visa office where applicable, and client counter and telephone hours
  • An outline of any special procedures or features relating to visa processing at each immigration office

DIAC highly recommends that all intending visitors to Australia access the website http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/. This site contains comprehensive information including:

  • Customs clearance and quarantine and health issues, as well as visas
  • General information about issues impacting on all visitors to Australia

The text is available in French, German, Indonesian and Spanish, as well as English. This site also contains links to other useful internet sites, such as health insurance information on the Department of Health and Ageing website as well as and Customs (ACS) and Quarantine (AQIS) services.