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, as of July 24, 2012. 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/.|
|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. Proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine is currently required only for passengers arriving from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela including passengers who connect via these countries with a stay of more than 12 hours.|
|BRAZIL - Australian passport holders require a visa to enter Brazil. An e-visa may be obtained in advance at http://www.vfsglobal.com/Brazil-eVisa. E-Visas will be processed within five business days of application, are valid for 2 years, and cost US $40 plus a small service fee. (VFS Global is the exclusive service provider for the Government of Brazil). New Zealand passport holders are visa exempt for a stay of up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months on entry with 2 blank pages. Vaccination against Yellow Fever is recommended when visiting some areas of Brazil. We suggest you contact your local travel vaccination clinic to discuss with a specialist.|
|CANADA -Australian & New Zealand citizens travelling to Canada are required to complete an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to arrival to determine eligibility of entry. The ETA covers multiple entries and is valid for up to 5 years. This must be completed prior to travel at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start.asp. To apply for Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) a valid passport, credit card, and email address are required. You can only apply for one person at a time. The authorisation is electronically linked to your passport. The Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) is approximately $7 CAD. It is recommended that this be submitted prior to booking travel arrangements.|
|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$61, 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.|
|COSTA RICA - No visa required. Proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine is currently required only for passengers arriving from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela including passengers who connect via these countries with a stay of more than 12 hours.|
|ECUADOR and GALAPAGOS - No visa required to visit Ecuador and Galapagos. Proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine is currently required only for passengers arriving from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Peru and Venezuela including passengers who connect via these countries with a stay of more than 12 hours. Starting May 1st, 2018, tourists traveling to Ecuador are required to have health insurance. A health insurance card will generally be accepted as proof of insurance to enter the country.|
|GUATEMALA - No visa required to visit Guatemala. Proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine is currently required only for passengers arriving from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela including passengers who connect via these countries with a stay of more than 12 hours.|
|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. The Myanmar Government has introduced an electronic visa (eVisa) for Australian & New Zealand passport holders. You can apply online via http://evisa-myanmar.net/. The cost is US$85 for a single entry eVisa.|
|NEPAL - Visa required. Tourists may obtain a visa on arrival at Kathmandu airport at a cost of US$100 cash depending on duration of stay. Passengers should bring two passport sized photographs for the visa. To apply for your visa in advance, Australian passport holders can refer to websites http://www.nepalconsulate.org.au/ or http://www.necan.gov.np/services.htm. New Zealand passport holders please refer to https://nepal.visahq.com/embassy/new-zealand/. Prior to departure from Kathmandu airport, there is an airport tax of approx. AU$17 for passengers travelling to India. Passengers returning to India for the second time in the same trip will require a multiple entry visa for India.|
|NICARAGUA - No visa required to visit Nicaragua. Proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine is currently required only for passengers arriving from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela including passengers who connect via these countries with a stay of more than 12 hours.|
|OMAN - Visa required. Visa on arrival available at any Omani port (air, land & sea) at a cost of 5 or 20 Omani Rials, valid for 10 or 30 days respectively. Australian citizens can obtain a single entry visa in advance from the Consulate-General of the Sultanate of Oman in Melbourne. Passengers travelling on the Explore Dubai & Oman may obtain a visa at the Mezeyad/Hafeet Border for $52 in addition to a $10 Dubai departure fee, payable locally.|
|PANAMA - No visa required to visit Panama. Proof of Yellow Fever Vaccine is currently required only for passengers arriving from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela including passengers who connect via these countries with a stay of more than 12 hours.|
|RUSSIA - Visa required. The visa application process requires an application form, 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 US $50 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 http://sydney.mid.ru/en_GB/web/sydney-en. New Zealand citizens please visit website http://www.newzealand.mid.ru/tourist-visas.htm for application instructions. Norwegian Cruise Lines® 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 one, entirely blank (unstamped) visa page (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 Swaziland. 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.|
|SWAZILAND - Upon entry, passport holders traveling to Swaziland 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.org/. 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 http://konsolosluk.gov.tr/au/en/Vize.aspx. New Zealand passport 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 Authorisation (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 11 Day Deluxe South Africa with Victoria Falls and 13 Day Deluxe South Africa with Victoria Falls and Chobe River Safari are only required to purchase a single entry visa. All information and rates are subject to change without notice.|
|ZIMBABWE - Visa required. Visas may be purchased upon arrival to Zimbabwe. The fee is approx. US$30 for a single entry and US$45 for double entry. Passengers travelling on the 14 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls and Discovery Tours Zimbabwe, Botswana & South Africa Adventure are only required to purchase a single entry visa. Passengers travelling on the 16 Day Classic South Africa with Victoria Falls & Botswana will be required to purchase a double-entry visa. All information and rates are subject to change without notice.|
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.