Tourist visas for OZ

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  1. Don Madge

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    We have just returned from a very enjoyable 3 month visit to Perth, Western Australia.

    We are planning to return in December for a longer (4/5 months) visit and hopefully miss most of the cold weather here.

    We had a 3 month tourist visa for this trip that came free and was obtained on line. After a thorough search it appears that if we want a tourist visa for over 3 months we will have to pay A$105 each. Also as we are both over 75 we will need an "aged visitor health check" at our expense. For this we will have to travel to Manchester.

    We have the option of getting a free 3 month visa in the UK and extending it when we are in OZ at a cost of A$255 each, at A$1.5 to the pound sterling it ain't a cheap option.

    So if anybody over 75 who has gone through the procedure to get an extended visa I would be very pleased to hear from them.

    Safe travelling.

    Don
     
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    hi Don,

    you do have the option of a 976 visa which is valid for 12 months with a limit of 3 months per visit.

    it would mean leaving oz for a couple of days, maybe to new zealand or tasmania, then returning for another three months.

    free visa but a $20 'service' charge applies.
     
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    Would tasmania not count as part of Australia?

    Rasmus
     
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    not sure.....it probably is though.

    never mind, they say newzealand is quite pleasant :Laughing:

    just thinking though, indonesia is probably closer.

    of course, all this is going to cost more than an extended visa anyway :Doh:
     
  5. Don Madge

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    Thanks for that, I'm aware of this option but it would be cheaper to fly to Bali than NZ. Tasmania is part of OZ unfortunatly.

    Don
     
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    have you been to Bali Don ?

    i've been to Jakarta and Bali and personally, i wouldnt go back :Eeek:

    paradise islands.....i think not !
     
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    I've been to Bali twice the first time in 1993 when it was a paradise:BigGrin::BigGrin:

    We returned in 2005 and I agree it was no paradise then. We missed Jimbaran beach bombing by a few days, we had eaten in one of the restaurants that was damaged by bombs. :Sad::Sad:

    I've just applied for a 3 month tourist visa we will then play it by ear when we are in Perth.

    Next job is to sort the travel insurance out. :Eeek::Eeek:

    Don
     
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    50 years or touring Europe Don, So you are now having to go long haul to find new places:BigGrin::thumb:
     
  9. Don Madge

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    Jim,

    We go solely for the weather these days, we would rather fry than freeze. :Laughing::Laughing::Laughing:

    It was 30C+ while we were in Perth. It was their hottest summer on record, following on from the driest winter ever. It rained the day we left the first for months.

    Don
     
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    the cheapest option is probably to book a flight online with virgin blue when you are out there to go to new zealand
     
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