Australia
Practical information

Before leaving

VisaVISA

You must be in possession of a valid passport.
Nationals of countries in the European Union, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, the Republic of San Marino, Switzerland, the Vatican and the United Kingdom can apply for a free online eVisitor visa (for stays of up to a maximum of 3 months). Check with Australian consular services.
Nationals from the US and other countries must apply for an ETA visa.
This visa is valid for stays of up to a maximum of three months.

HealthHEALTH

No vaccinations are required to enter Australia unless, in the six days prior to arrival, you have visited a country affected by yellow fever.
You are advised to update all your vaccinations:
Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis (DTP). If you have a stopover in South-east Asia before arriving in Australia, hepatitis A and B, and typhoid vaccines are recommended. It is also advisable to have the yellow fever vaccine if you are coming from a country where there have been outbreaks of this disease.
Rabies and Japanese encephalitis vaccines are recommended if you are travelling into the Australian outback.
Think about the risk of dengue too, present in northern Queensland.

Precautions:
If you are bringing medication, you need to have your prescription with you. Also check the details of your insurance policy in case of any medical problems. In order to protect yourself from the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses, protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing appropriate clothing and using repellents. The Australian outback is home to many animals. Wear long clothes and closed shoes. If you are bitten, wash the wound immediately and go and see a doctor.

ElectricityELECTRICITY

240 volts
Plug type I
Frequency: 50 Hz
Plugs have two or three flat pins in a V
Remember to bring an adapter

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MoneyMONEY

Currency
The currency in Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD).
The national currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar.
1 USD = 1.31 AUD*
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only

Where can you change your money ?
You can change your money in banks and at international airports.

Tips
Whilst it's optional, it is common practice to tip 10% of the bill amount when you are satisfied with the service.

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TravelTRAVEL

You can travel quickly between cities by plane. Some low-cost airlines allow travel at very affordable prices.
You can take your time and travel by train, to explore inland regions. With the Unlimited Travel Pass, which allows you unlimited travel over a given period, this mode of transport can be very economical.
Buses serve more destinations than the plane and train. Some companies operate with passes, sold by the journey or by mileage. It is not possible to find bus network maps: the only way is to ask the driver.
You can also opt to hire a car. Remember that in Australia you drive on the left.
Another option for travelling in Australia is the ferry, in order to get to islands like Tasmania; and you can take your vehicle with you.

Key numbersKEY NUMBERS

For an emergency: 000 (free call from a landline or mobile)
This number is for the police, fire service and ambulance service

LanguageLANGUAGE

English is the official language in Australia.

A few phrases to remember :

Hello: Hello or Good Day (informal)
Goodbye: Goodbye or Hooroo (informal)
Thank you: Thank you or Ta (informal)

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As of 12 November 2014, this visa facilitation covers the following countries

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