Travel Information

Goods and services tax (GST) / Tourist refund scheme (TRS)

All prices quoted on this website are inclusive of 10% GST (Goods & Services Tax), unless otherwise specified. GST applies to most goods and services in Australia.

The Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) is administered by the Australian Customs Department and enables travellers departing Australia to claim a refund of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Wine Equalisation Tax (WET) paid on goods bought in Australia. For detailed information on the TRS visit the website of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Services of the Australian Government at http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Ente/Tour.

Insurance

Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind.  It is strongly recommended that at the time you register for the Meeting and book your travel you take out an insurance policy of your choice.  The policy should include

  • Loss of fees/deposit through cancellation of your participation in the Meeting (or through cancellation of the Meeting)
  • Loss of international/domestic air fares through cancellation for any reason
  • Loss of tour monies through cancellation for any reason including airline or related services strikes within Australia
  • Failure to utilise tours or pre booked arrangements due to airline delay
  • Force Majeure or any other reason
  • Medical expenses (including sickness and accident cover)
  • Loss or damage to personal property
  • Additional expenses and repatriation should travel arrangements have to be altered

The Meeting managers cannot take any responsibility for any participant failing to arrange their own insurance.  This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.

Passport and Immigration (VISA)

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia.
Note: New Zealand and Norfolk Island passport holders do not usually need to lodge a visa application prior to their departure unless they have health and/or character concerns.

For the best possible chance of obtaining a visa to travel to Australia, you should:

  • Determine which visa you should apply for
  • Apply for your visa at least 6–8 weeks before your intended date of travel to Australia as visa processing times may vary
  • Consider Australia’s health and character requirements, which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.
  • Delegates applying for a non-ETA visa may present their paid registration confirmation letter to an Australian visa office to support their application. No other letters will be issued for this purpose. As a delegate of the World Self Medication Industry 2016, you are not guaranteed to be granted a visa.
  • Visit the website of the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC): immi.gov.au which has helpful information about Australian missions overseas, how to apply for visas and further details on visa applications, customs clearance, and quarantine regulations.

Visa options
If you are planning to visit Australia for a business event such as a conference, meeting or seminar, you need to apply for a business visa. The passport which you hold determines whether you can apply online, or if you need to lodge a paper-based application. The following information will help you identify the right visa and application process applicable to you.

Online applications
Passport holders from eVisitor eligible countries are able to apply online for a visa to travel to and enter Australia. The most common visa for these passport holders is the eVisitor (Business stream).

eVisitor eligible countries
EU passport holders are able to apply individually online for authorisation to travel to and enter Australia.
The most common visa for these passport holders is the eVisitor.

Andorra* Hungary Poland
Austria *   Iceland *       Portugal *
Belgium * Ireland *

Romania

Bulgaria Italy * Republic of San Marino *
Cyprus Latvia Slovak Republic
Czech Republic Liechtenstein * Slovenia
Denmark* Lithuania Spain*
Estonia Luxembourg Sweden*
Finland* Malta* Switzerland*
France* Monaco* United Kingdom – British Citizen*
Germany* The Netherlands* Vatican City Greece*
Norway*    

 

Further information and applications can be found at the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1

eVisitor applications are free. A separate online application form is required for each family member who holds a passport from an EU eligible country and wishes to travel with you to Australia, including children under the age of 18 who are included on your passport.

* eligible passport holders also have the option of applying for an ETA through your travel agent, airline, specialist service provider or an Australian visa office outside Australia. Note, travel agencies may choose to impose a fee to arrange an ETA on your behalf.

An ETA is equivalent to a visa, but there is no stamp or label in your passport and there is no need for you to visit an Australian diplomatic office to submit an application. Applications for ETAs can be submitted through travel agents or airlines.

ETA eligible countries
Passport holders from Electronic Authority Travel (ETA) countries are also able to apply for a visa online to travel to and enter Australia.

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

* 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 Taiwanese passports can only be processed for an ETA if residing and applying in Taiwan. Applications can be lodged with an approved ETA travel agent in Taiwan, or Australian visa services office in Taipei.

Applications can be made at http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/.

There is no visa application charge for this visa but a service fee of AUD$20 is charged for online applications and travel agencies may choose to impose a fee to arrange an ETA on your behalf. A separate online application form is required for each family member who holds a passport from an ETA-eligible country and wishes to travel with you to Australia, including children under the age of 18 who are included on your passport.

Paper-based Applications
All other passport holders need to submit a paper-based application for a Visitor Visa (subclass 600).

A visa application charge ranges from AUD$130 to AUD$335 and will need to be paid when applying for this visa. More information on this visa is available at http://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/600.aspx.

Planning your Travel

Because of time change and jet lag the Organising Committee suggests you consider arriving in Australia by 13 September 2016. This will enable you to relax and familiarise yourself with your hotel and its surrounds before the start of the Conference.

Quarantine

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries.  Very strict quarantine rules apply to the import of animals and plants, which cannot be brought into the country without prior application.  Animal and plant products are also restricted.

For more information see the Department of Agriculture website, which you can access by visiting http://www.agriculture.gov.au/.

Vaccination

There is no vaccination required for entering Australia.  However, if you enter Australia from a yellow fever declared country but do not hold a vaccination certificate you will receive a Yellow Fever Action Card for further information.  More information can be found on the Department of Heath of the Australian Government at http://www.health.gov.au/yellowfever.

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Key Dates

Call for Abstracts Open:
1 December 2017
Registration Opens:
1 March 2017
Call for Abstracts Close:
31 March 2017
Author Notification:
10 April 2017
Early Bird Registration Deadline:
31 May 2017
Conference Dates:
14-16 September 2017