No more departure cards needed for international travelers

No more departure cards needed for international travelers

The Australian Government has signed off on new legislation which abolishes the need for travelers leaving Australia to complete an outgoing passenger card.   The new law, which comes into effect from 1 July 2017, means that international travelers should experience much quicker processing times at Australian international points of departure.  The information which has […]

Frequent Traveller Visitor visa for Chinese tourists

Frequent Traveller Visitor visa for Chinese tourists

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has commenced its trial of the new 10-year ‘Frequent Traveller’ Visitor visa for holders of People’s Republic of China passports who are applying from within mainland China. The frequent traveller visitor visa is available to Chinese citizens who travel frequently to Australia for short visits.  The department will only grant […]

Australian visa lodgement in Simplified Chinese for Chinese visitors

Australian visa lodgement in Simplified Chinese for Chinese visitors

  The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has announced that from 12 December2016, visa applicants in China will be able to lodge visitor visa applications in Chinese through a new online service provided by Australian Visa Application Centres (AVACs). The new optional online Visitor visa (Subclass 600) Tourist stream allows Chinese visitors to use the […]

Melbourne, World’s most liveable city 2016

Melbourne, World’s most liveable city 2016

For the sixth consecutive year Melbourne has been named the world’s “most liveable city” but terrorism, police shootings and geopolitical tensions have resulted in a drop in overall living standards throughout the World.  Many countries have been affected by violent acts of terrorism which have increased in frequency over larger geographical areas over the last […]

Australian Border Force Strike action on 9 November 2015 at international airports

Australian Border Force Strike action on 9 November 2015 at international airports

Be prepared for delays if you’re traveling in or out of an Australian international airport next Monday, the 9th of November.  The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has provided information about pending Australian Border Force Strike action at airports, shipping ports and other international facilities. The action may cause significant disruptions for travelers […]