Information for International Visitors

Information for International Visitors

Passports and Visas

If you are a non-Australian citizen and travelling from outside Australia to attend the conference, you must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. A visa is a stamp or label in a passport; a travel authority is an electronic record authorising travel into Australia. Every person travelling to Australia has a personal responsibility to obtain a visa for their stay in Australia. The conference organisers cannot take responsibility for obtaining visas.

For information on the appropriate visa for travel to Australia, or entry into Australia, visit the Department of Home Affairs website or contact one of the local offices in your country. You should allow 4-6 weeks for your visa to be processed.

Please note that registration for or involvement in the conference does not guarantee that visas will be approved.

Travel and Arrival

In order to make the most of the conference, we strongly recommend that international visitors from Europe and America allow at least one day in which to adjust to the time difference. Travellers crossing the Pacific will lose one day when crossing the International Date Line.

Medical and Travel Insurance

We also strongly recommend that international visitors seek advice and take out appropriate travel insurance and medical cover. Overseas visitors are required to pay in full all medical expenses incurred while in Australia. The conference organisers accept no responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance.

Weather

Adelaide has a Mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters. The average daily maximum for the month of January is 28.6°C. For more information, see www.bom.gov.au/sa

Power

Australia uses 240V 50Hz AC electrical power. Please ensure you have an appropriate adapter if you wish to use your own electronic equipment.

Currency and Banking

The Australian Dollar ($A) is a decimal currency with units in dollars and cents. Check the currency converter on the XE website.

Currency exchange facilities are available at the international airport, major hotels and city banks. Normal banking hours are Monday – Thursday 09:30 to 16:00 and 09:30 to 17:00 Friday. Banks are closed weekends but ATM’s are available 24 hours per day.

Tipping

Tipping is not widespread or regulated in Australia, and is generally recognized as a reward for exceptional service rather than expected for every transaction. In a more expensive restaurant, a tip of about 10% is usually appropriate.