New changes for Travellers starting July 1st

The Australian Government has been busy making a few changes to their visitor visas and policies for travellers who are visiting the country; all of which are to be implemented starting from the 1st of July 2017. The first change is that passenger cards no longer need to be submitted by travellers leaving the country. The removal of the "Outgoing Passenger Card" means that clearances at the...

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6 pieces of fact and fiction about Australia

Fact or Fiction? There are so many strange things that we hear about Australia every day - so we decided to take this opportunity to clear a few of these up. 1. Kangaroos and Koalas are everywhere. FICTION.  Sadly, they're not hopping/hanging around everywhere. But you can find Kangaroos and Koalas in various sanctuaries in special areas around the country. Moonlit Sanctuary in...

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The best child-friendly things to do in Brisbane

The capital city of Queensland is favourite among kids.  Aside from the ever-popular Gold Coast theme park, Dreamworld, Brisbane has a lot to offer in terms of keeping your children entertained.   So what do your kids like? Animals? Indoor activities? Anything artsy? Brisbane's got it covered.         Hug a koala   There’s a lot of koalas in Brisbane parks, and most of the time you...

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13 Aussie phrases that all tourists should be familiar with before coming to Australia

  G'day!  Australian slang can sound very peculiar to the untrained ear, and the unique Aussie accent only makes it harder to understand (though accent thickness will depend on where you are visiting.) So here are 13 phrases that you'll most likely come across while having a convo (conversation) with the locals. 1. Brekky or Brekkie (pronounced Breh-kee) Brekky is short for...

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How to check that your ETA is linked to your passport

Clients often ask how to check if your ETA is linked to your passport or how to check if it was approved. So we've drafted a post that we hope answers this question a bit more clearly. The ETA system was designed to make the application processing faster and simpler.   ETA applications are submitted online, and once granted, the ETA is electronically linked to your passport.  As it is...

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How to make an invincible ETA application

Bullet-proofing your ETA application    Could my ETA visa application be rejected?   Yes, if you have a criminal record or you have entered wrong information in your application form.   You just need to be honest with your answers in the application form. The ETA Australia is like any other visas; your travel to Australia depends on it.   Double-check your form before submitting it....

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A Few Handy Tips When Making Your ETA application

What you need to remember when you start filling out your ETA application form    Application forms, especially if it’s for a government-issued permit, must always be completed accurately. Otherwise, it reduces the chance of obtaining what you’re applying for, especially if it’s a travel document. No one wants a hassle when they travel, and who wants to spend minutes and hours in the...

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Can I apply for an ETA on behalf of someone else?

Can I apply for an ETA on behalf of someone else? The answer is yes. That’s what’s good about the ETA Australia application being purely online. If you have a friend who is not Internet-savvy, illiterate or has a  disability, you can help him/her apply for an ETA visa. However, you must remember that all the details you put in the ETA application must correspond with those of their...

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What documents do I need for an ETA?

What documents do I need to apply for an ETA?     The only document you need in order to apply for an ETA Australia is a valid passport from an ETA-eligible country. At the application stage, it is not necessary to have a valid ticket or a booked flight. In the event that your application is referred and further details are requested, you will have an opportunity to provide that...

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What to do after submitting your ETA application

What to do next after submitting your ETA application    It’s a valid question. So after filling out your Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) application, what’s next?   The answer is you get it via email. Hence, all you need to do is wait a little. In most cases, it won’t take long.    That’s why it is important not only to provide a valid email address but also one you can access...

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