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Are you travelling to Australia as a tourist? You have to know these!

Thinking about travelling far? Visiting friends and family? Or simply want to see the Sydney Opera House in person? We show you which visas you can use to do all this. Here are 5 things to look out for!

written by: BOGI

The Australian tourist visa, the 651, is one of the most common Australian visa people apply for, and it is required by visitors to Australia who are planning a shorter stay (usually 3 months or less) in the country.

How to apply?

The visa can be applied for electronically via the Australian government’s website and is usually processed relatively quickly. There are cases where they get back to you within a few hours, and others where they wait 1-5 days. A valid passport is a prerequisite for applying for this visa!

Australian tourist visas for European citizens are free of charge. If you need assistance, you will be charged an administration fee. Would you like our Australian visa consultancy partner to handle your Australian tourist visa? Then click the button below and fill in the form! Please make sure you enter all your details correctly and answer the questions accurately. You will be charged an administration fee, which you can pay at the end of the form.

>> Apply for the Australian Tourist Visa here <<

What exactly is this visa for?

The Australian Tourist Visa 651 allows visitors to visit Australia as tourists, to visit friends or family for short periods, to attend short term courses or conferences.

What should you look out for?

Requirements for a visa include having a valid passport, proof of sufficient financial resources to cover the cost of travel, being in good health and having sufficient documents to enter the country.

It is important to note that the Australian 651 tourist visa is effectively for short term travel only and does not allow you to work or extend your stay in the country. Visa holders must comply with Australian immigration laws and regulations and must abide by the terms and conditions and restrictions of the visa.

What should you keep in mind before you travel?

Check that you have a valid tourist visa and that your visa is valid for the duration of your trip. If not, apply as soon as possible!

Make sure you have all the documents you need to travel, such as your flight ticket, hotel booking, travel and health insurance.

Find out about Australian immigration and customs rules. For example: what you can’t bring into the country, what you need to report to them

Choose a suitcase of the right size, material and closure.

Be prepared for the Australian weather and climate, and choose clothes and equipment appropriate for the season.

>> Apply for the Australian Tourist Visa here <<

Getting ready to fly? These are the things to look out for when you travel!

Always carry the documents and money you need to travel.

Take care of your personal safety and avoid dangerous situations and areas. Follow the rules and regulations for travel, such as those for flights.

You’re landing soon, what can you expect upon arrival?

At the airport, have all the necessary documents with you and be ready to present them to the Australian authorities.

Fill in the passenger declaration form, we’ve written about it in detail here!

The Australian authorities will check your luggage, so it’s worth following Australian customs rules.

Once you’re through customs, what are the things to look out for during your short stay?

Don’t ignore Australian health and safety regulations, and be aware of local customs and cultural differences’

Don’t forget to renew your visa in good time if you’re staying in Australia for a longer period, or don’t forget to apply for a new one!

It’s worth planning your local trips and activities in advance to make the most of your time in the country.

Don’t work undeclared, as this is illegal work and punished severely in Australia.

Don’t stay in the country for longer than your tourist visa is valid, as overstaying is also illegal and can have serious consequences.

Avoid contact with and use of drugs, illicit substances and weapons.

Avoid committing criminal offences, as they can carry severe penalties and have serious consequences for your future travel and your visa.

Obey Australian traffic laws and avoid drink-driving!

… and let’s see what those extra 5 things are that you really need to look out for:

The purpose of an Australian tourist visa, as its name suggests, is to visit Australia for a longer or shorter period of time to holiday, hike, visit relatives, reconnect with family. But with this visa, avoid the following:

  • Getting a driving licence.
  • Opening a bank account.
  • Getting a tax number (TFN).

If you are invited to vote, do not register online as only Australian citizens are eligible to vote.

Purchasing a loyalty phone card or pay as you go SIM card (if you do need to buy a phone because yours is not working, lost etc., buy a prepaid phone and keep the receipt and write a statement that you bought it for an SOS thing, as they may ask for this document in a subsequent visa application.

Why is it important to avoid these activities?

If you think about it, they all suggest that you are planning to stay in the country for a longer period of time, they could easily attract the attention of immigration and could be a problem for a possible next application from inside the country. It is worth being careful!

We know the rules can seem a bit daunting, but it’s worth exploring this beautiful country!

Australia is a special country, full of incredible natural beauty, rich history and culture, and its diverse climate and geography offer travellers a wealth of adventures and experiences. In Australia, you can explore the world’s largest coral reef, walk with the world’s unique animals in national parks and nature reserves, and admire the country’s stunning landscapes, such as Ayers Rock and the Blue Mountains.

>> Apply for the Australian Tourist Visa here <<

Take your career abroad!

Whether you are looking for a job in Australia, New Zealand or Canada, Susan can help you find your dream position!

Over the past decade, Susan have helped countless families make a move internationally, provided guidance for CV and interview preparation, and connected people with locals in similar career fields. She can assist you in increasing your chances of success and navigating the complex visa application process, or should we call it the 22-catch situation: if you are looking for a job in a country that requires a visa, you need a visa to find a job, but to get a visa you need a job offer. Do not forget that it is always essential that you speak to an immigration agent to find out the current guidelines and what kind of job you can get.

Good news is that Susan also became a registered immigration agent in New Zealand! In case that is your dream destination…contact her >>>

Did you know?

Most of Australia’s exotic flora and fauna cannot be found anywhere else in the world. A selfie with cuddly marsupials like koalas, quokkas, wombats and kangaroos are only possible in Australia. Though I would suggest a wide berth to dangerous (usually venomous) animals like the blue ring octopus, the stone fish and funnel web spider.

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Original article: Turistaként Ausztráliába: ezekre figyelj! Translated by: BOGI – CONTINENT SURFER

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