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transiting through Australia or do i need a ETA?

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1. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 6y

hi there, i am from Malaysia. i am planning to travel to Auckland, New Zealand in mid Jan 2010.

i will be using Air Asia to Gold Coast (OLL) and in less than 72 hours, hop on a flight using Pacific Blue to Auckland.

my question is, do i need to apply for an ETA or should i just go there in the hopes of using the transit visa (which i can be eligible since i wont be staying in Australia for more than 24 hours)?

thanks a bunch.....

2. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 6y

How long would you be in Australia for?

If leaving within 8 hours it looks like you don't need to apply for a transit visa. If it's more than 8 hours, then it looks like you would be eligible to apply for the transit visa (subclass 771) which carries no cost.

The possible issue you face with applying for the transit visa is that you're travelling in mid-January, and we're now at Christmas so the Embassy in Malaysia will be closed for some of the time, and quite possibly have fewer staff than normal when open (e.g. Australian staff going to Australia for Christmas). This could mean a longer processing time, even for the simpler stuff like this.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Dec-2009, at 22:25 by mojorob ]

3. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 6y

transit visa (subclass 771) which carries no cost, is a pain in the neck. although it is free, but there is a 10 pages long application form that must be filled. Then i have to submit it to the Australian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

i think i will go with the ETA, which is easier to apply but cost 20 Aussie dollars.

thanks mojorob!

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Dec-2009, at 04:54 by Jerrycrow ]

4. Posted by Gone_away (Budding Member 23 posts) 6y

Quoting Jerrycrow

transit visa (subclass 771) which carries no cost, is a pain in the neck. although it is free, but there is a 10 pages long application form that must be filled. Then i have to submit it to the Australian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

i think i will go with the ETA, which is easier to apply but cost 20 Aussie dollars.

thanks mojorob!

hi there,

i am from singapore and would be doing likewise, flying to australia from singapore via budget airline and then to christchurch. i am not sure if i would require a something like jerrycrow, a transit visa.

this is my first time travelling alone and to the oceania doing the W&H visa, and hope someone can help to shed some light in this area.

Thanks!

5. Posted by Jerrycrow (Full Member 165 posts) 6y

dear gone away/gone with the wind/going, going gone,

you can find the relevant information through Australia's website here, in regards to transits:

http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/transit/

http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/transit/no-visa.htm

i think ETA is much better because it gives me freedom to enter Australia anytime, in 1 years' period. It is convenient and doesnt cost much money. furthermore, the service is pretty fast, just took them 5 to 10 minutes to approve it...

Gerryko