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1. Posted by vodkababy (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

hey people, when do i need to show my proof of funds which is around 3000euro!! is it when im booking my ticket .....or when im applying for my working holiday visa??? and im goin in december so applying for my visa around november would b time enough yeah??

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

What country does this question apply to??

3. Posted by vodkababy (Budding Member 28 posts) 9y

oh australia...sorry forgot mention that!!

4. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

i arrived into australia a few weeks back (im also from ireland)

they never asked me for proof of funds but i did get a grilling from security when going through immigration and they tend to ask you the same stupid questions over and over again...i think they like to test your patience and see how you will react...react badly and they wont let you in......i had the sniffer dogs all over my bags and when they see places like south africa, thailand on passport then they become more interested...and i had a vietnam visa on my passport but i never made it to vietnam and they found this very odd...to be honest they are dicks.

having said that australia and sydney is great!

5. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

They do like to test your patience and if you get the same women I did in Melbourne they will ask you what must be considered the dumbest questions imagineable ie why did you get your passport? I mean why else would a person get a passport than if they planned to travel overseas? That is the intelligence of some of those people and the sort of dumb questions they gave to me when I am an Australian citizen and resident, so I would imagine they'd only give more dumb question to overseas people. I got everything except a strip search done to me and this included a touching down. When they felt I had a money belt they even wanted me to show them the contents. When I came back from my 2nd big overseas trip I made sure I landed in Sydney instead of Melbourne to test if they were as moronic and they didn't give me any of that suspected terrorist or drug dealer treatment. This time instead of giving me a terrorist suspect going over, this more intelligent person just scanned my passport to say I was re entering Australia and away I went no questions asked. So it all depends on if you get someone with a fully working brain or not and if they know the way a backpacker type traveller lives whilst overseas.

I don't think they will ask you for proof of funds, but may ask you how much you have. In America they do exactly that and America is slightly more paranoid than Australia. In America I just told them I had around $10,000US on my cards and a few hundred dollars on my person even though I didn't and that soon made them be quiet and stop treating me like the countries worst enemy.

Not sure what happens with the working holiday procedure, maybe you could look in the RTW forum and find one of the many members from the UK who are doing the same as you and send them a message asking them what they experienced for the procedures. It certainly wouldn't be when booking the flights.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 16, 2007, at 7:05 PM by aharrold45 ]

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 9y

Quoting vodkababy

hey people, when do i need to show my proof of funds which is around 3000euro!! is it when im booking my ticket .....or when im applying for my working holiday visa???

You need to have those funds available when entering the country, so that's theoretically when you'd need to show the proof of funds. Except that (as has already been hinted at), no cases of immigration actually checking this have ever been reported on this website. You might be the lucky person to get an immigration official having a bad day and wanting to make an example and actually be asked (so make certain you have those funds, and a bank statement to prove it when you go in), but otherwise it's not a worry.

and im goin in december so applying for my visa around november would b time enough yeah??

Yeah, should be. Or make it late October to be absolutely on the safe side (as sometimes there are delays, and they'll stay good for a year), but almost everyone gets theirs within a week, many even on the same day.