Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).
There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person's purpose for visiting Australia.
Due to the Corona virus outbreak, please also check if there is any travel restrictions in your country and also check out updated on travel restrictions from Australia Visa Office on COVID-19. (regularly updated)
Applying for a Visa
To determine what visa you need, please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection ‘Find a visa’ website.
The Australian Government provide the following advice for the best possible chance of successful visa application:
Determine which visa you should apply for. All workshop participants will require a visa applicable to a business event. The exact visa subclass will depend on what country you are coming from, how long you are staying, etc.
Apply for visa well in advance of intended date of travel to Australia. Information about visa processing times is available on the Department’s website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/global-visa-processing-times
Consider Australia’s health and character requirements, which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.
If you are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor visa or ETA, ensure you obtain a confirmation of your registration, or a letter of invitation, to attach to your temporary activity (subclass 408) visa application.
Lodge paper-based visa applications at the Australian visa office nearest to your current country of residence.
More information on visas for business events can be found on the following two documents:
Visa options for business conferences (as of Jan 2019)
General Information for visa applicants (Feb 2018 version)
If you need a letter of invitation to apply for a visa, please request one by emailing the conference secretariat on firstname.lastname@example.org. Confirmation of registration (paid registration in full) is required before invitation letter can be provided.
Domestic and International Flights
Sydney is serviced by Kingsford Smith Airport, which is the main international and domestic airport and Australia's largest airport hub. The Sydney airport is located in the suburb of Mascot, about 10 kilometres (6 miles) from the city centre and Coogee Beach.
All major international airlines have routes to Australia via Sydney and Australia has numerous domestic carriers offering both business and budget travel, connecting all major Australian cities and regional centres to Sydney. These include:
Virgin Blue: www.virginblue.com
Jet Star: www.jetstar.com
For more information on Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (SYD), visit www.sydneyairport.com.au
Travel from Sydney Kingsford Smith (SYD) Airport
The most direct route from the airport to UNSW is by taxi. Taxis are available from the taxi rank which is located directly in front of the terminal.
A typical travel period of 20 - 30 minutes and fare approximately $30 - $45 AUD is expected from the airport to UNSW depending on local traffic and time of travel. All major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) are accepted for taxi payment.
Coogee Beach is serviced by a number of bus routes that travel to and from the city centre (routes 372, 373, 374 and M50).
Travel from the airport requires a transfer from the city (using one of the routes above) or by taking route 400 (from the airport to Bondi Junction) and changing at the Eastgardens Shopping Centre to route 353 (between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM only), or changing to the M50, 372 or 373 in Randwick.
Bus services are generally moving to a pre-paid ticketing system and will require the purchase of an appropriate ticket prior to boarding the bus. We recommend that you visit the information site below for assistance in planning your trip and determining which ticket you should purchase.
Opal Cards are now available for travel across all forms of public transport across Sydney. For more information on the Opal Card system check out the Opal Website
For more information on Sydney's public transport systems and travel planning, visit www.131500.com.au
Please download our delegate information guide to help with planning of your travel to EF4 Conference.