Needing visa to go through Aus?

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1. Posted by Rem (Budding Member 23 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I had spoken to a local travel agency and they required me to obtain/buy from them a visa in order for me to pass through Australia when my final destination would be New Zealand. I would probably stay in the airport for several hours until the next flight out, and I would take the same route going back to my origin about 3 weeks later. Is this true about the visa for a US citizen (and if so, what sort of visa are they referring to)? In advance, thanks.

2. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

US citizens, the Queen, Condi Rice, and even the Pope. Everyone has to have a visa to set foot on our shores. Those who don't are called illegal immigrants.

They would be talking about a transit visa. It means you cannot stay longer than 72 hours. The visa is free [no government charges], but they are probably charging you to process and send the application, and retrieve the visa, which is quite simply a service fee and they are quite justified in doing so as long as they are not charging you hundreds of $$$.

You could do it yourself.

3. Posted by chicane (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I had some similar questions a couple of days ago after I booked up my Trip from London to Christchurch - via Bangkok and Sydney.

If you are just a transit passenger, who is from one of the following nationalities and your stopover is no longer than 8 hours you do not need a visa.

Check here for further information:

'Some non-citizens, who belong to certain categories of passengers, who:

intend to transit Australia by air within 8 hours of their arrival; and
hold confirmed booking and documentation necessary to enter the country of their destination;
do not need a transit visa, as they are deemed to hold a special purpose visa provided they do not leave the airport transit lounge.'

Hope that helps.