Passport & Visa Information
IMPORTANT: You are responsible for obtaining the proper travel documents for the destinations on your itinerary.
Passports: Your Australian/New Zealand passport should be valid at least 6 months or longer beyond the dates of travel. Passport applications are available at regional Passport Offices. To learn how to apply for an Australian Passport including expedited services and a list of offices, click here. To learn how to apply for a New Zealand Passport including expedited services and a list of offices, click here.
Visas: If a visa is required and cannot be obtained upon arrival in your destination, you should make arrangements with the appropriate foreign consular representative, allowing enough time for mailing and processing. Alternatively, you may obtain a visa through a fee-based service such as www.cibtvisas.com.au/gate1travel.
Double Entry/ Multiple Entry Visas: If your itinerary involves entering a country, leaving and then later re-entering the same country, you may require a double-entry or multiple entry visa. Be sure to describe your itinerary clearly when contacting a foreign consular representative.
Entry Requirements for Australian Passport Holders: Country details below are based on information obtained from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This information is subject to change. To check for updates, please check with the consular office of the countries to be visited and/or click here.
Entry Requirements for New Zealand Passport Holders: Country details, inclusions/exclusions listed below are subject to change. To check for updates, please check with the consular office of the countries to be visited and/or click here.
Non Australian/New Zealand Citizens: All information provided below pertains to Australian and New Zealand passport holders only. Citizens holding passports of another nationality should check with the appropriate foreign consular representative.
Sea Cruise Passengers: Passengers on sea cruises should check carefully the requirements for each country to be visited on their sailing itinerary. Passengers without the correct documentation may be denied boarding at time of embarkation. Passengers may contact their sea cruise line directly for information but remain responsible to obtain any necessary visas.
International Entry & Visa Requirements for Australian & New Zealand Passport Holders
Countries listed below require specific visa and/or other entry documentation in addition to an Australian/New Zealand passport. All other countries (not listed) require only valid Australian/New Zealand passports. Requirements are subject to change.
|ARMENIA - Visa required. An electronic Visa (eVisa) is a travel authorisation that Australian citizens may obtain an E-Visa online at least 3 business days in advance at https://evisa.mfa.am/.|
|BELARUS - Visa required as you are entering the country at a land border via motor coach. The visa application process requires an application form, a valid passport with six months remaining validity, one passport-sized photo, your trip confirmation from Gate 1 Travel, a Letter of Invitation (also known as a Visa Support Letter - VSL) also provided by Gate 1 Travel, proof of medical insurance and a processing fee. Two days following your initial booking and deposit, you will receive complete information via email about obtaining a Visa Support Letter (VSL) and a visa for Belarus, and then again at 120 days prior to departure. If a revision is required to correct any errors after the VSL has been issued, a $68 AUD per person Belarus Visa Support Letter change fee will be applied. Proof of medical insurance must show coverage valid in the Republic of Belarus or the entire world. Because your medical insurance might not provide coverage in Belarus, you are urged to check with your insurance carrier to verify coverage. Alternatively, many Travel Protection policies include an emergency medical component which meets the requirements of the Belarus government. Please check with your Travel Protection provider to verify coverage. More information is available at http://mfa.gov.by/en/visa/info/cc9071395f5f804a.html#2. There is no Diplomatic Representation for Belarus in Australia. All visa applications are processed by the Embassy for Belarus in London. More information is available at http://uk.mfa.gov.by/en/consular_issues/visas/. We recommend using a fee-based service such as CIBT Visas to assist obtaining your visa. Please note than an international courier fee will be applied to the visa processing fee if using a visa service company. Please allow up to 6 weeks processing time to obtain your visa.|
|BHUTAN - A visa is required for entry into Bhutan and is obtained on your behalf by Gate 1 Travel. In this case only, the included visa service applies to all nationalities. Passport must be valid for six months beyond travel dates. Passports must have at least 2 blank pages.|
|BOLIVIA - Visa not required however a Yellow Fever vaccine may be required if traveling in certain parts of Bolivia or changing planes in Santa Cruz. A Yellow Fever vaccine is recommended, but not required, if travel in Bolivia is only on Gate 1 Travel or Discovery Tours programs. For more Yellow Fever information please visit https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2018/infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/yellow-fever-malaria-information-by-country/bolivia#seldyfm879|
|CANADA -Australian & New Zealand citizens travelling to Canada are required to complete an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to arrival. Please visit http://http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp for more information.|
|CAMBODIA - Visa required. Tourists may obtain a Cambodian visa for US$30 cash on arrival at the airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and at all major land border crossings. One passport-sized photograph is required. Visa applications can also be submitted online at: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/ at least 3 business days in advance. Please note E-Visas are not accepted when entering by cruise into Cambodia. Visas must be purchased locally in cash on board the ship and a passport size photograph is required.|
|CHILE - Australian citizens are required to pay an entry fee of AU$150, which is collected upon arrival and payable by credit card or cash upon entry into the country. This fee cannot be paid in advance. Currently, the fee is only charged at the Santiago International Airport.|
|CHINA Australian citizens are required to submit their visa applications to the Chinese Visa Application Service Centres located at Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Brisbane according to their services areas. For contact information for each of these service centres, visit: http://au.china-embassy.org/eng/ls/vfc/t1038761.htm. Applications may be submitted by mail to the regional Chinese Visa Application Service Centre. New Zealand citizens need to send their visa applications to the consular which holds jurisdiction over the region in which they reside. To check jurisdiction and application requirements, visit http://www.chinaconsulate.org.nz/eng/lsqz/gg/t1196820.htm.|
|EGYPT - Visa required. Single-entry visas valid for 30 days may be purchased upon arrival. Cost is US$25 and payable only in cash. Exact change required. No credit cards accepted. Upon arrival, proceed to one of the bank kiosks in the Immigration hall to obtain a self-adhesive visa sticker. Apply the sticker to a blank page of your passport and proceed to the immigration desks. To avoid any possible lines at the kiosk, you may also obtain a visa sticker direct from the ground operator meeting your flight holding a Gate 1 sign for a service fee of US$2 per person plus cost of the visa. Exact change required. No credit cards accepted. Alternatively, prior to your arrival in Egypt you may apply for an e-visa at https://visa2egypt.gov.eg or use a fee-based service such as CIBTvisas.|
|INDIA - Visa required. Australian & New Zealand passport holders can apply for an e-Visa. Please visit https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. Applications must be made online no less than 4 days and no more than 120 days before date of travel. There are a number of fake visa websites on the internet claiming to provide e-Visa services and/or an express e-Visa service for travel to India. Please be careful when sharing your personal information online. A traditional visa that is stamped in your passport can also be obtained as an alternative. Please Click here for Australian passports and Click here for New Zealand. Passengers entering India twice in the same trip (for example, when combining India & Nepal) will require a double entry visa for India. When completing the India visa application, you will be required to provide a reference while in India including name, address, and phone number. This information is available at https://www.gate1travel.com.au/visas/india-nepal/|
|JORDAN - Visa required. Passengers with overnights & transfers in Jordan: Gate 1 will request your passport information, which is required at least 21 days prior to departure, to arrange a free entry visa which is handled locally on your behalf, either at Amman airport or at the land crossing from Israel. In this case only, the free visa service applies to all nationalities. Passengers with a 1 day tour to Petra: Gate 1 will obtain a visa locally for approximately AU$84 if your passport information is provided to the Israel Tour Manager at least 48 hours in advance. This is in addition to the border taxes & fees. A single entry visa can be obtained in advance or at certain arrival points. Contact the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, 20 Roebuck Street, Red Hill, Act 2603, Canberra-Australia; Web: http://www.jordanembassy.org.au Types of visa and fees: Single Entry Visa, Valid for 2 month starting from the day of issue: approximately AU$135. Double Entry Visa, Valid for 3 months starting from the day of issue: AU$195. Multiple Entry Visa, Valid for 6 months starting from the day of issue: AU$375.|
|KENYA - Visa required. An electronic Visa (eVisa) is a travel authorisation that Australian & New Zealand passport holders require to enter Kenya for tourist purposes. The eVisa must be obtained in advance. The eVisa is a single entry visa. Visit http://www.evisa.go.ke/ for your online application. Visa cost is currently AU$75 Passengers continuing onto Tanzania, and connecting in Nairobi, Kenya for their final departure flight to Australia do not require a transit or multiple entry visa. A single entry visa is valid for connecting flights. Passengers travelling to Kenya will need to provide a reference, including name, address, and phone number, for their Kenyan visa. Click here for further information. Visitors continuing to Tanzania for Kenya must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination. Australian authorities currently require visitors who have been to Kenya hold valid Yellow Fever certificates upon re-entry. We suggest you contact your nearest travel vaccination centre and speak to a specialist.|
|LAOS - Visa required. Tourists may obtain a visa for US$30 upon arrival at the airports in Vientiane and Luang Prabang, and at major land border crossings. Two passport-sized photographs are required. Visas may also be obtained in advance. For more information visit: http://www.laosembassy.net.|
|MYANMAR - Visa required. An e-visa must be obtained in advance. See https://evisa.moip.gov.mm/ for more information and to apply. E-visas are processed within 3 business days of application and cost $50. Upon approval, you will be emailed an e-visa Approval Letter which must be printed prior to the start of your trip and presented to the Immigration official upon arrival in Myanmar. Do not apply too early as you must enter the country within 90 days of Approval Letter issuance.|
|NEPAL - Visa required. Tourists may obtain a visa on arrival for AU$65 for a 15 day stay, or AU$85 for a 30 day stay, payable in cash at the airport in Kathmandu. The visa is valid for multiple entries. We recommend guests bring two passport sized photographs in the event the automated kiosks are unable to take your photo. You may save time and skip some of the lines by completing your application in advance and uploading your photo at https://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa. Once your application is completed, you will receive a visa receipt which must be printed and shown to the Immigration official upon arrival. Do not complete the application too soon as the visa receipt requires you to enter Nepal within 15 days of issuance. Alternatively, you may choose to secure a traditional visa prior to departure. The government of Nepal maintains an embassy in Canberra and consulate generals in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Please visit http://www.nepalconsulate.org.au/visa/ for more information.|
|OMAN - Visa required. An e-visa must be obtained in advance at https://evisa.rop.gov.om/en/visa-eligibility. You will need to upload a digital passport photo and a copy of your passport to your application. A 10-day single-entry tourist visa costs 5 OMR (approximately 17 AUD) and a 30-day single-entry tourist visa costs OMR 20 (approximately 70 AUD). Do not apply too early as your visa requires you to enter Oman within 30 days of visa issuance. Please keep in mind you will be spending time in the UAE before entering Oman. Guests will also be required to pay a 35 AED departure fee (approximately $10 payable locally by credit card or cash in AED currency) during the land crossing from Dubai to Oman.|
|RUSSIA - Visa required. The visa application process requires an application form, a valid passport, one passport-sized photo, your trip confirmation from Gate 1, a Visa Support Letter (VSL) also provided by Gate 1, and a processing fee. Two days following your initial booking and deposit, you will receive complete information via email about obtaining a Visa Support Letter (VSL) and a visa to Russia, and then again at 120 days prior to departure. If a revision is required after the VSL has been issued, there is a $68 AUD per person Russia Visa Support Letter change fee that will be applied. Australian applicants must first complete an online Visa Application Form at https://visa.kdmid.ru and then submit their application with fees to Embassy of the Russian Federation, 7-9 Fullerton Street, Woollahra NSW 2025 Telephone: +61 (0)2 9326 1866. Details at https://sydney.mid.ru/web/sydney-en/visa-info. New Zealand citizens please visit website http://www.newzealand.mid.ru/tourist-visas.htm for application instructions. Norwegian Cruise Line® passengers do not need a visa if arranging shore excursions or car service directly with the cruise line, otherwise regular visa rules above apply.|
|SOUTH AFRICA - Australian passport holders do not require a visa to visit South Africa. New Zealand passport holders need a visa to enter South Africa. If you reside in Australia, you are required to apply in person. If in New Zealand please visit website https://www.sahc.org.au/consular_new-zealand.htm. You must have at least two, entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages (i.e. one side of such a page not front and back thereof) in their passport, each time entry is sought into South Africa. This includes re-entry from eSwatini. Therefore passengers continuing to Zimbabwe and/or Botswana are required to have four blank visa pages. These pages are in addition to the endorsement/amendment pages at the back of the passport. South African government regulations prohibit airlines from boarding passengers without the required blank visa page. Children 17 & under will be required to present an unabridged full birth certificate. Extracts or copies are not acceptable. If both parents are not traveling with the child, additional documentation is required. Effective 01 Oct 2011, all travellers to South Africa (even in airport transit) who have been in countries where Yellow Fever is endemic, are required to provide proof of Yellow Fever vaccination. Passengers without an international Yellow Fever certificate will be refused entry. Yellow Fever certificates are required if the journey starts or entails passing through the Yellow Fever belt of Africa or south America. Visit http://www.sahc.org.au/yellow-fever.htm for a list of applicable countries.|
|SRI LANKA - Visa Required. Passengers may obtain Electronic Travel Authorization prior to arrival. This can be obtained by visiting http://www.eta.gov.lk and paying a US $35 fee. A visa may be obtained upon arrival for US $40, however wait times for processing can be lengthy. It is highly recommended to obtain a ETA prior to departure to expedite your entry.|
|eSwatini - Upon entry, passport holders traveling to eSwatini from South Africa are strongly encouraged to have several unstamped visa pages left in their passports.|
|TANZANIA - Visa required and all passport holders should have four entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport. Visas are available for purchase at the Kilimanjaro Airport, however we strongly suggest it is obtained in advance to avoid long delays and ensure entry. Visas upon arrival are not guaranteed. The current fee for a visa is AU$95. Passengers purchasing a visa at the airport must be prepared to pay in cash. Passengers travelling to Tanzania will need to provide a reference, including name, address, and phone number, for their Tanzanian visa. Click here for further information. Australian citizens can apply in advance, please refer to http://www.tanzaniaconsul.com/. New Zealand passport holders please refer to http://embassyauckland.com/tanzanian/. Passengers travelling to Tanzania from Kenya or another country with risk of yellow fever, must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination.|
|TURKEY - Australian passport holders need to apply for an electronic Visa (eVisa). Visas can no longer be obtained on arrival at the airport in Istanbul. Apply online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/. Immigration officials advise guests to print a hard copy of their e-visa notification and bring it with them in the event of system failure. New Zealand passport holders do not need a visa. Visas are not required for travellers entering Turkey on a cruise ship for less than 72 hours. Leaving the ship is allowed.|
|UGANDA - Visa required. Australia and New Zealand citizens can obtain a visa on arrival in Uganda however we strongly recommend that you obtain your visa in advance to avoid delays and ensure entry. Visas on arrival are not guaranteed. The visa fee on arrival ranges from USD150 to USD200 and you must carry this in USD cash. Passengers traveling to Uganda will need to provide a local reference, including company name, address and phone number, for their Ugandan visa. Click here for further information. Please ensure that the validity of your passport is at least six months beyond the end of your intended stay. To apply in advance, Australian citizens can refer to https://www.ugandahighcommission.org/visa, New Zealand passport holders please refer to http://www.consulate-info.com/consulate/24121/Uganda-in-Auckland|
|UNITED STATES - Australian & New Zealand passport holders travelling to the USA are required to complete an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to arrival to determine eligibility of entry under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This must be completed prior to travel at http://www.cbp.gov/travel/international-visitors/esta and is recommend that it be submitted prior to booking travel arrangements. A printed payment receipt must be presented at check-in and upon arrival to immigration authorities.|
|VIETNAM - Australian and New Zealand passports holders require a visa to enter Vietnam. Australian and New Zealand citizens are eligible to apply for an e-visa online. The visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days and is a single entry only. Applications take three days to process after the Vietnam Immigration Department receives the completed application and full e-visa fee of US$25. Please visit https://immigration.gov.vn to apply online for your e-visa. The document must be printed and kept with your valid passport to present to airport officials and custom officers.|
|ZAMBIA - Visa required. Australian and New Zealand passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival in Zambia. Passengers travelling on the 13 Day Zambia, Zimbabwe & South Africa Exploration and the 13 Day Deluxe South Africa with Victoria Falls and Chobe River Safari should purchase the Kaza Uni-Visa for US$50. The Kaza Uni-Visa allows for multiple border crossings between Zambia and Zimbabwe as required by these itineraries. All information and rates are subject to change without notice. Payment is cash is recommended.|
|ZIMBABWE - Visa required. Visas may be purchased upon arrival to Zimbabwe. US Citizens entering Zimbabwe for tourism can expect to pay $30 for a single-entry visa and $60 for a double-entry visa. Passengers traveling on the 14 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls and the 16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana are required to purchase only a single entry visa. Passengers traveling on the 13 Day Zambia, Botswana & South Africa Adventure and the 13 Day Deluxe South Africa with Victoria Falls and Chobe River Safari should purchase the Kaza Uni-Visa for $50. The Kaza Uni-Visa allows for multiple border crossings between Zambia and Zimbabwe as required by these itineraries. All information and rates are subject to change without notice. Payment in cash is recommended. Non-U.S. Citizens should check with the appropriate foreign consular representative.|
All information and rates are subject to change without notice. Non Australian & New Zealand passport holders should check entry requirements with the appropriate foreign consular/embassy. We recommend you contact a travel vaccination centre to get current advice pertaining to health/vaccination requirements relevant to the destinations visited.