International Visitors

As an international event, CeBIT Australia attracts exhibitors and visitors from overseas.

If you are travelling to Sydney, Australia from overseas, this page will provide valuable information for you.

 

Credit Cards / Banks / Foreign Exchange

Visa and MasterCard are very widely accepted.  Larger establishments and specialty shops in cities and tourist areas generally accept American Express and Diners Club.  JCB cards are generally limited to hotels and restaurants with a significant Japanese clientele; some taxi companies also accept them.

 

Drugs

The importation, possession and use of drugs such as marijuana, hashish, cocaine, heroin, LSD, amphetamines and all their derivatives is illegal and carries heavy penalties.  While Australia does not have the death penalty for drug possession and trafficking, most of its Asian neighbours do.  Australian Customs authorities employ sniffer dogs and other devices and police have wide powers to search without warrant.

 

Electricity

Standard Australia power is 240 volts at 50 Hertz.

 

Entry and Exit Formalities

For up-to-date information about visa and entry formalities, please contact an Australian visa office or visit the Australia Department of Immigration Website: www.immi.gov.au
Alternatively, visit the following websites:

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited on all international and domestic airline flights, inside all Australian airports, on all buses, trains, ferries and other forms of public transport, and tourist coaches.  Many rental car companies take the ashtrays out of their vehicles to discourage smoking, which is also prohibited in taxis.

Generally, smoking is not allowed in department stores and shops.  It is not allowed in any cinema, theatre, gallery, government or private office building, except in restaurants or cafes, which have a smoking section.  Many restaurants, which allow smoking, limit it to cigarettes, not pipes or cigars.  Pubs, clubs and hotel bars generally allow smoking though it may be restricted to certain areas. Most hotels offer smoking and non-smoking rooms or floors of rooms. There is no smoking allowed within the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre.  You may smoke outdoors, but littering is an offence.

 

Taxes

From July 1 2000, the Federal Government imposed a 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST), which will be added to your bill and shown separately.

 

Tipping

Tipping is not mandatory but a 10% tip in restaurants and hotel bars is normal for good service.

 

Weather and Climate

Sydney is in the southern Temperate Zone and does not suffer extremes of cold or heat.  Seasons in Australia are the reverse of North America and Europe.  Summer is December to February, Autumn is March to May, Winter is June to August, and Spring is September to November.

 

Visa Applications

Visas and Entry

Persons seeking entry to Australia to take part in an event will need to apply for the relevant visa to gain entry to the country. There are three types of Visas available.

As visa processing times may vary, applicants should be encouraged to apply before 30th March 2013(6-8 weeks before intended date of travel).

 

1. eVisitor
eVisitor is an electronically stored authority for travel to Australia for up to three months. Applications can be made online without having to visit a departmental office. There will be no stamp or label in the passport, however a confirmation email for records will be provided.

 

Who is eVisitor for?
eVisitor is designed for people who are outside Australia and want to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes (may include attending a conference, negotiation or exploratory business visit).

 

How much will an eVisitor cost?
eVisitor applications are free, there is no application charge or service fee.

 

Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for an eVisitor, the applicant must:

  • be outside Australia
  • hold an eVisitor eligible passport.

 

eVisitor Eligible passports

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom – British Citizen
  • Vatican City

 

 

2. Subclass 977 – Business (Short Validity) ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) 
An ETA is an electronically stored authority for travel to Australia. ETA information is accessible by airlines, travel agents and Australian border agencies. The applicant does not need to visit a departmental office to submit an application and will not receive a passport stamp or label. A confirmation for records will be provided.

 

Who is a Business ETA for?
This ETA type is designed for business people who are outside Australia and want to visit Australia for short-term business purposes (up to three months), including:

  • attending educational or business related meetings, seminars, conventions, conferences, or networking
  • informal studies or training

 

How much will an ETA cost?
There is no visa application charge. A service charge of $20 applies.

 

Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for an ETA, the applicant must:

  • be outside Australia
  • hold a citizen passport of an ETA eligible country

 

Eligible passports - apply for an ETA online

  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong (SAR)
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • United States of America

European passport holders who are eligible to apply for an ETA through a travel agent, airline or specialist service provider should apply for an eVisitor if applying online.

 

ETA eligible passports – apply through other means
The following eligible passports can apply through a travel agent, airline, specialist service provider or an Australian visa office outside Australia:

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Monaco
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Republic of San Marino
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom – British Citizen
  • Vatican City

 

* A Hong Kong Document of Identity (HKDI) cannot be used to apply for an ETA. Residents of Hong Kong require a citizen passport to apply for this visa.
** Holders of Taiwan passports can only be processed for an ETA if residing in and applying in Taiwan. Applications can be lodged with an approved ETA Travel Agent in Taiwan or Australian Visa Services office in Taipei.

 

3. Subclass 600 – Business (Short Stay) Visa

Who is this visa for?

Business Visitor visas [eVisitor, ETA or Visitor (Subclass 600) visa] – should be used by anyone who is attending a conference, unless they are being paid by an organiser for their participation.

Business Visitor visas [eVisitor, ETA or Visitor (Subclass 600) visa] – should be used by anyone who is attending a Trade Fair, Exhibition or Expo, unless they are being paid by an organiser for their participation or they are they are selling their goods or services directly to the general public.

Health and Character Requirements
All visa applicants will be required to meet certain character and health requirements as part of their visa application process. These requirements exist to uphold the safety and security of the Australian community.

For more information on visa and entry formalities, please contact an Australian visa office or visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website: Australian visa office overseas.

You can also download the DIAC Visa Information Fact Sheet here.