The following information is provided by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. We recommend that all overseas participants to the Malaria World Congress read this carefully.
Under Australia's universal visa system, all visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (the only exceptions to this are New Zealand passport holders and permanent residents of Norfolk Island).
There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa option will depend, amongst other things, on the person's purpose for visiting Australia, and the passport they are holding.
The following "visa finder" web page can be of help to find out which visa is suitable for you: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1
Please take into account processing times and lodge visa applications as early as possible.
NB: These are the visa options available presently but the Department of Immigration and Border Protection reserves the right to change regulations. Proteomics 2019 assistance will NOT guarantee a visa grant. Visa applicants must demonstrate that they meet all the legislative requirements for an Australian visa.
Letter of Invitation
Invitation letters can be downloaded from your registration dashboard. This letter assists with your Visa application. You will be able to download an invitation letter once you have paid for your registration fee in full and have entered in your passport details.
How to download the invitation letter:
Log onto the registration dashboard as a return delegate by entering your email and password.
Scroll the menu to the "Document" section and select the button “Enter Details”.
Every field must be filled in for a Visa letter to be generated. Once all details have been filled in, click “GO”. You will be taken back to the main screen and now a button “Download letter” will appear and by clicking this it will generate a PDF visa letter.
Quarantine and Customs
Australia has strict quarantine laws in addition to national laws. The laws are in place to protect our agricultural industries and unique environments against some of the world’s most serious pests and diseases. When arriving by plane, you must declare all food, plant and animal products. If you have items you don't wish to declare, you can dispose of them in quarantine bins in the airport terminal. There are also quarantine checkpoints consisting of roadblocks and fruit disposal bins if you are arriving by road.
Handy Australian Websites
Tips for travellers - www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/ente/goin/arrival or www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/ente/goin/tips-for-travellers
Tourism Australia - www.australia.com
Australian government - www.australia.gov.au
Australian news / media - www.abc.net.au
Australian exchange rates - www.rba.gov.au/statistics/frequency/exchange-rates.html
Smartraveller - The Australian Government's travel advisory and consular information service. www.smartraveller.gov.au
This site is designed to help you get through the security checkpoints at the airport quickly and easily. It will help you understand the aviation security measures in place at Australian airports and why they are necessary. It provides information on preparing for your trip, what you are prohibited from taking on board, and travelling with children, medicines or sporting equipment. It also provides a number of videos that explain the screening process and liquids, aerosols and gels restrictions. This site will be updated with new information to reflect changes in airport security arrangements as they occur.