Travel Tips for Holiday Makers Visiting Australia
Over the past few decades, Australia has become one of the most popular countries in the world as far as travel and tourism is concerned. Whether it’s the laid back lifestyle that many of the residents get to enjoy, or perhaps it’s the uniquely environmental features that much of the country still possesses – the fact remains that thousands of holiday makers flock to Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland on a yearly basis, to enjoy all that the country has to offer.
As laid back as the residents might be, Australia is only able to maintain its flourishing environment by dictating strict policies relating to its day to day operations. From criminal record checks to keep potentially risky visitors from frequenting the country, to stringent policies relating to the care and maintenance of wildlife; if you’re planning a trip to the land down under, here are a few tips to ensure that you adhere to all protocols throughout your visit.
Apply for a traveller’s visa before your journey
Many people are under the impression that Australia can be visited like any other country; with flights being booked and then a hotel reservation being made. In reality, the region requires that all visitors, no matter how long they intend to stay, apply for the relevant visa – to be approved before planning their journey.
Fortunately, this process is very straight forward and it can be done online, via travel agencies, or by contacting the Australian government directly.
Respect the countries transportation policies
Australia plays host to a variety of indigenous species and the eco-system that they live within can be very fragile. As a result, visitors are not permitted to transport any foreign species unless licensed to do so. Likewise, it’s not permitted to remove exotic animals from their habitats with the intention of taking them back to another country.
Keep your passport with you
It can be much easier to leave a passport or form of identification in a hotel room or villa, but there may be times where a visitor will be required to identify themselves – especially when travelling abroad sea-faring vessels. It’s a better idea to keep a passport close at all times, just in case it is needed.