Jul 29th, 2007, 07:38 PM
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can you get a visa for australia upon arrival or do you need to get one before you leave the US? Staying less than 30 days for tourism purposes only.
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Jul 29th, 2007, 08:52 PM
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Am almost certain you can't get a visa on arrival. Our government is known to refuse visas.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 03:55 AM
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No, you must get one before you depart.

I think you can organise an 'e-visa' online - check
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Jul 30th, 2007, 06:50 AM
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Cilla & Neil_Oz are right - You must apply ahead of time. Do it on-line at the web-site mentioned by Neil. The process takes about 2 minutes and you'll have a confirmation number back by e-mail shortly after that. Then when arrive in Australia all your information will be in the immigration computer system.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 07:11 AM
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We used the site in Neil's post. When we flew last month, airport personnel (United) checked that our visas were in order before we were allowed to board the plane.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 08:16 AM
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Is there a way to actually get a paper visa--or do you just print your confirmation number as your receipt? I always feel better if I have something physically in my hand.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 10:15 AM
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I printed a copy of the confirmation screen and carried it, but no one ever asked to see it. A United agent in LA used our passport numbers to confirm the visas in the immigration system.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 01:28 PM
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We've always gotten our visas on-line. No one ever asked to see a copy of our visa confirmation receipt. We just presented our passports. All the information was "already in the system".
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Aug 4th, 2007, 05:23 PM
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It was 2003, but my visa was processed before I left the US. It was for a business trip. I never received anything, the travel agent applied for it I guess (ignorance is bliss)

Anyway, i got to the airport in LA (after flying from Bos) and they said the b-day on the visa didn't match my passport. The person at the gate said "she'd call me when it was straightened out" 30 minutes later it was.

I would just verify whether by paper or telephone that the information was correct.

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Aug 5th, 2007, 10:13 PM
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Yes a visa is required before you leave for Aussie (except for us lucky guys here in NZ). I see from another post that you have had trouble with getting your name changed on your passport. I hope you have it back now, because if you get the visa on the old passport number (the one that is missing) and then get a new passport (with new number) your visa will like as not be of no use to you.
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