29th APAN Meeting Travel & Visa Informations


The 29th APAN Meeting Organising Committee has compiled the practical travel information you need, including visas, customs, duty-free shopping, and insurance.
Flights to Sydney, Australia

Many airlines fly to Australia and prices vary considerably, so it pays to shop around for a flight. Consider the length of the flight and any mandatory stopovers.

Sydney International / Domestic Airport transfer

All of Australia's international airports have regular public transport such as bus, train, taxi connections and private transfers to the city centre. Shuttle buses are also available and provide transfers to accommodation.

Information on Travelling

Travelling Guide


Unless you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, you will need a visa to enter Australia. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders must apply for a visa before leaving home. You can apply for a range of visas, including tourist visas and working holiday visas, at your nearest Australian Consulate. For more detailed information go to the Australian government Visas & Immigration website.

Notes :APAN29 International Delegates should visit the following websites to help you with your respective Visa/Immigration applications for visiting Australia for the APAN29 meeting. Visas can in some cases take up to 6-8 weeks to process so please talk to your local Australian Immigrations office
Immigration Offices Outside Australia
Online Visa Application

Belows are the documents you may require for your visa application :

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Customs and quarantine

Australia's customs laws prevent you from bringing drugs, steroids, weapons, firearms and protected wildlife into Australia. Some common items such as fresh or packaged food, fruit, eggs, meat, plants, seeds, skins and feathers are also prohibited. There is no limit on currency but you will need to declare amounts over $10,000. For more detailed information go to the Australian government Customs & Quarantine page.


Medicine brought into Australia for personal use is subject to controls and must be declared on your arrival. It is recommended you bring a prescription or letter from your doctor outlining your medical condition and the medicine you are carrying. For more detailed information go to the Medicare Australia website.


You don't require vaccinations unless you have come from, or have visited a yellow fever infected country within six days of your arrival. Read the Australian Government Yellow fever fact sheets.

Travel Insurance

Taking out a travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss, accidents and medical problems is highly recommended. If you plan on doing any adventure sports like scuba diving, bungee jumping, motorcycling, skiing and even bushwalking, check that your policy fully covers you. The Australian Government has reciprocal agreements covering limited subsidised health services for medical treatment with some countries through Medicare. For more detailed information go to the Medicare Australia website.

Duty Free shopping

You can go duty free shopping once you have purchased your airline ticket. There is a limit on how much you can bring into the country including the quantity of alcohol and cigarettes. Youwill need to declare goods exceeding this limit at Customs. Also be aware of restrictions on the quantity of fluid you can take on board. For more detailed information go to the Australian Customs website.

Australian climate

Australia's climate varies across the continent, from hot and tropical in the far north to cool and even snowy in the south. Our seasons are the opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. Between December and February is summer for most of the country, and the wet season in the tropical north. The Australian winter from June to August is generally mild, but offers snow in the southern mountain regions and dry, sunny days in our northern states. It is important to protect yourself from the Australian sun with a hat, shirt and SPF30+ sunscreen. For more detailed information go to the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology.

Time zones

Australia has three time zones: Eastern Standard Time (EST) for the eastern states, Central Standard Time (CST) for the Northern Territory and South Australia and Western Standard Time (WST) for Western Australia. CST is half an hour behind EST and WST is two hours behind EST.

Daylight Saving

Most Australian states wind their clocks forward an hour during the Daylight Saving period. New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia do this from the beginning of October to the beginning of April. In Western Australia, Daylight Saving lasts from the end of October to end of March. The Northern Territory and Queensland don't have Daylight Saving.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizing team at apan29@aarnet.edu.au.

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