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Travel information Australia


Australia
With a total area of ​​7.69 million km², it is the largest island and at the same time the smallest continent in the world. In addition, there are marine areas (approx. 12 million km²) that extend over three oceans. Australia currently has around 23 million inhabitants with diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. The indigenous people (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) have inhabited Australia for tens of thousands of years. Most Australians are immigrants or their descendants who have arrived from more than 200 countries since the 18th century. The most widely spoken and official language is English, and the most common religion is Christianity. As a nation with a national government, Australia has existed since January 1st, 1901. Australia is a parliamentary monarchy with the British Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.

Wildlife

The unique and exciting wildlife of Australia is one of the many reasons to visit. Australia is home to more than 378 mammals, 828 species of birds, 4,000 species of fish, 300 species of lizards, 140 species of snakes, two species of crocodiles and around 50 species of marine mammals. More than 80 percent of the plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs are only found on the Australian continent and cannot be found anywhere else. Some of the most famous animals are the kangaroo, the koala, the Echidna, the dingo, the platypus, the wallaby and the wombat.

Culture

Australian culture is based on stories of warriors, bus rangers and brave soldiers, sports heroes, work heroes and courageous immigrants. They are all about a fair chance, great nature and a healthy dose of irony. Today, Australia is also defined by its Aboriginal heritage, multicultural population, innovative ideas and thriving arts scene.

Arrival & departure

Travel from your desired airport in Germany, Austria or Switzerland to Australia with the well-known airlines selected by us. The airlines Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways and Cathay Pacific offer daily connections from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to your dream destination Australia. The average flight time to Australia is 20-24 hours. If you don't want to fly that long, you can make a stopover in the well-known mega-metropolises on the way to Australia. Spend your stopover in the United Arab Emirates or Asia, for example. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Singapore or Hong Kong are ideal for a short stopover on the outward or return flight.

Time zones

There are three different time zones in Australia. The eastern states of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory are in the Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) time zone. AEST corresponds to the coordinated universal time plus ten hours (UTC + 10). The states of South Australia, the city of Broken Hill in western New South Wales and the Northern Territory are in the Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) time zone. ACST corresponds to the coordinated universal time plus 9.5 hours (UTC + 9.5). Western Australia is in the Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) time zone. AWST corresponds to the coordinated universal time plus eight hours (UTC + 8).

Currency and means of payment

The local currency in Australia is the Australian dollar, which is issued in banknotes of 5, 10, 20 50 and 100 AUD. Coins are available at 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents as well as 1 and 2 dollars. Money can be changed in banks, hotels and international airports. When traveling from Europe, we recommend that you only take small amounts of cash (approx. 50 AUD per person) with you in emergencies. Otherwise, even the smallest sums can be paid with credit cards (Master Card, Visa, often American Express) in Australia. At the cash machine ("ATM") you can easily withdraw cash at the current exchange rate with your credit card (please ask your bank for fees) or your EC card (at machines with the Maestro symbol, for a small fee). Please note, however, that in remote cities and the outback the number of ATMs is lower than in densely populated areas. It is not necessary and not recommended to take large amounts of cash in euros with you to change on site (risk of loss / theft).

Entry documents

A passport is required to enter Australia, which must be valid for at least the entire duration of the stay. It should be noted that for a stopover in an Asian country, a minimum validity of the passport of 6 months after the return home is often required. Entries made by children in a parent's passport are no longer valid since June 26, 2012. Every child needs its own identity document.Visa: A simplified visa procedure is possible for passport holders from most western countries. For this purpose, your entry is registered electronically (ETA, "Electronic Travel Authorization") and usually approved by the Australian authorities within a very short time. This ETA then entitles you to travel to Australia as often as you like within a year, but the maximum duration per stay may not exceed 90 days. You will then receive the visa stamp in your passport upon entry. The ETA is issued free of charge by the Australian side. We will issue the visa for you free of charge. For longer stays in Australia, be it as a tourist or to work there, you need special visas (depending on the reason for the trip), which can only be issued by the Australian embassy in Berlin. Most of the time, these are also subject to fees. You can find more information at http://www.germany.embassy.gov.au under the menu item "Visa and Immigration".

Driving in Australia

In Australia there is left-hand traffic. Motorists should carefully study Australian traffic rules. Depending on the state, there is a speed limit of 50-60 km / h inside and 100-110 km / h outside of built-up areas. Violations are punished with heavy fines. For temporary stays in Australia (e.g. tourists, students, etc.) the German driver's license is valid together with the international driver's license (please apply in good time) or an officially certified English translation. Driver's license translations are available for a fee from German diplomatic missions or from a certified translator in Germany.

security

Australia is generally a safe travel destination for anyone who wants to travel freely and safely. The political stability, well-preserved roads, low crime rate and good health system mean that you can travel to Australia safely and easily.

health

No special vaccinations are required for Australia, but it is recommended to check and complete standard vaccinations according to the current vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute for children and adults on the occasion of the trip (see http://www.rki.de). Medicines brought from Germany must be declared upon arrival. Travelers should find out about other medical preventive measures, rules of conduct, contagious diseases and other things from a doctor they trust in good time before starting their journey.

insurance

It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance that covers theft, loss, accidents, and medical care. If you are planning adventure sports (diving, bungee jumping, motorcycling, skiing, etc.) or hiking, you should ensure that your insurance covers possible risks and rescue costs. Australia and several other countries have limited medical benefits through Medicare statutory health insurance.

Customs and quarantine regulations

Australian customs regulations prohibit the importation of drugs, anabolic steroids, weapons, firearms and protected animal species. The import of fresh or packaged food, fruit, eggs, meat, plants, seeds, rawhide, hides and feathers is also prohibited. There are no currency restrictions, however amounts over AUD 10,000 must be declared. Australia has a strict quarantine regime, the enforcement of which (careful controls on entry) is pursued with vigor and should therefore be strictly adhered to. All food, plant and animal products must be indicated on the passenger entry card. These are then examined by a quarantine officer at the red check-in counter in the hangar and, if necessary, confiscated. If items that are subject to quarantine regulations are not declared, severe penalties can be imposed. Illegal imports or exports without a permit are punishable by severe penalties, sometimes longer imprisonment. The same applies, for example, to historically or culturally significant books, documents, coins and Aboriginal art objects. Further information is available on the website of the Australian government. You can find information on customs and quarantine here.