Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Little Contemplation on Australian Visas

Famed for its spectacular destinations like Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Cairns, the Land of Oz is a globally popular holiday spot. Countless Britons also form part of the numerous travellers who painstakingly save up for financing their airfares to this fabled country. Like any other overseas holiday destination, Australia has its own set of visa rules and regulations. Get apprised with some of these.

Visa Types

  • Travellers booking flights to Australia need to procure a visa. The visas are of different categories such as Electronic Visitor Visas, Maritime Crew Visas, Student Visas, and Working Holiday Visas. The Australian High Commission in London and the Department of Immigration & Citizenship provides somewhat in depth information on the different visas.
  • Electronic visitor visas are pretty popular with many of the visitors buying tickets for their flights to Australia. Two categories of electronic visitor visas are Electronic Travel Authority and eVisitor visas.
  • The Electronic Travel Authority can be obtained from travel agents, airlines, and Australian visa offices outside Australia for a service fee of A$20. There is no application charge. Check with your travel agent while booking cheap flights to Australia.
  • Quite a few travellers bagging their cheap flights to Australia also opt for the eVisitor visas. These electronic visitor visas come free of any service fee or visa application charge. Such visas are available directly from the Department of Immigration & Citizenship.
Australian High Commission

High Commissioner:

HE Mr John Dauth LVO

Address: Australian High Commission
Australia House
London WC2B 4LA

Information on consular matters is available at the office from Mondays to Fridays between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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