New changes for Travellers starting July 1st

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 border will be more efficient. However, please bear in mind that Passenger cards still need to be completed and submitted by passengers upon arrival to Australia. 

For more information, please visit the Passenger card page on the official Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website.

There has also been a reduction in the amount of duty-free tobacco that passengers are allowed to carry. Travellers are now only permitted to bring 25 grams of tobacco (equivalent to 25 cigarettes) in any form including cigarette, loose leaf, etc.

If you are unsure, please refer to the Can I bring it back page on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website.

If you are not sure if these changes will affect your ETA visa to Australia or not, please get in touch with us. Our customer service team are available 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Better to be safer than sorry!

Happy Travels!

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