All visitors to Australia must have a valid passport and visa (New Zealanders receive a ‘special category’ visa on arrival). Tourist visas are free and valid for three months. The easiest way to obtain a visa is to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), which can be done online (www.eta.immi.gov.au) for a service fee of $20 or through your travel agent.

Customs Regulations

  • What to declare at customs Cash amounts of more than $10,000, foodstuffs, goods of animal or vegetable origin, including wooden products and medicines. All drugs and weapons are prohibited. Failure to declare quarantine items can mean an on-the-spot fine or prosecution.
  • Duty-free allowance Travellers over 18 have a duty-free quota of 2.25L of alcohol, 50 cigarettes or 50g of tobacco, and dutiable goods up to the value of $900 (or $450 for those under 18).
  • State restrictions There are also restrictions on taking fruit, vegetables, plants or flowers across state borders. There is a particularly strict fruit-fly exclusion zone, which takes in an area along Victoria’s northeast border, stretching into NSW and SA.

For full details refer to the Customs and Quarantine section of the Australian Government website (www.australia.gov.au).

Visas

All visitors, aside from New Zealanders, need a visa to visit Australia. ETA or eVisitor visas can be applied for online at www.border.gov.au; each allow a three-month stay.