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Travelling to Australia
Note to travellers to Australia - Changes to Australia’s duty-free concession for tobacco as of 1 September 2012
Please note that from 1 September 2012, Australia will be reducing the duty-free concession for tobacco for inbound travellers to Australia. The tobacco concession will reduce from 250 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco to 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of tobacco. For further information, please refer to Fact sheets in English and German language.
Immigration and Visas
All travellers (except Australian and New Zealand citizens) must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. See: Visas and migration
Plan your trip with www.australia.com, the official Tourism Australia website, offering a wide range of travel information and planning tools including over 2000 images, a currency converter, daily weather updates, interactive maps, suggested holiday itineraries, holiday deals, specialist travel agents and more. Available in nine languages.
Information and Brochures on Tourism
For free brochures please call toll free number from within Austria (+43 1) 7956 7345 or send a fax to +49 69 2740 0640 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Further Tourism Weblinks
Tourism New South Wales
Australia’s Outback Northern Territory
South Australian Tourism Commission
Tourism Western Australia
Australian Capital Tourism Cooperation
Australia Tourism – European Offices
Tourism Australia - Frankfurt
Neue Mainzer Strasse 22
60311 Frankfurt am Main
For free brochures please call toll free number from within Austria (+43 1) 7956 7345
Tourism Australia - London
Australia Centre, Australia House, Level 6
London WC 2B 4LG
Driving in Australia for International Visitors
Bona fide tourists with a valid Austrian driver's licence for the same class of vehicle can drive in Australia. You should carry your licence with you at all times when driving. In some states you can drive indefinitely while on tourist/visitor visa status, others have a time limit so you should check with the local road transport authority.
If your national driving licence is not in English, you need a certified English translation or the International Driver's Permit.
If you have been granted Permanent Residency for Australia, normally you would be able to drive for three months only on your overseas licence. Regulations vary from state to state. You should contact the local road transport authority on arrival for details on obtaining a local licence.
Local Road Transport Authority Websites
Tourist Refund Scheme
The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) enables you to claim a refund, subject to certain conditions, of the goods and services tax (GST) and wine equalisation tax (WET) that you pay on goods you buy in Australia, provided that you take them out of Australia at the end of your visit
A gateway to information ranging from citizenship, health, settlement help for migrants and working conditions, to buying a home in Australia.
Customs and Quarantine
The Australian Customs Service manages the security and integrity of the Australian border and assists people and cargo to move in and out of the country.
Information for International Travellers
The Department for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
provides information about what items must be declared for inspection, what happens if you fail to declare or dispose of any quarantine items or make a false declaration, what happens to seized items.
In case of further questions please contact the Embassy's Consular Office .