Travelling to Australia
Note to travellers to Australia - Changes to Australia’s duty-free concession for tobacco
From 1 July 2019, the way tobacco can be brought into Australia has changed, see Prohibited goods - Tobacco.
From 1 July 2017, you can bring 25 grams of tobacco in any form (cigarette, loose leaf, etc.), equivalent to approximately 25 cigarettes, plus an open packet, for each traveller 18 years or older, regardless of whether you are travelling as a passenger or crew member.
For more information on Australian duty free concessions see here.
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
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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 [email protected]
Tourism New South Wales
Australia’s Outback Northern Territory
Tourism South Australia
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.
People, animals, goods, aircraft and vessels arriving in Australia are subject to biosecurity conditions set by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
Biosecurity conditions (previously referred to as quarantine), are designed to protect against the introduction of foreign pests and diseases that could be harmful to our environment and agricultural industries. For more information on bringing or mailing items to Australia, exporting goods to Australia, and bringing a cat, dog or other pet animal to Australia, please refer to the website of the Australian Embassy to Belgium, Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union and NATO.
In case of further questions, please contact the Embassy's Consular Office.