getting into australia

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1. Posted by brucybaby8 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Im on a RTW trip at th mo, hav been 2 australia, and im now in NZ. i have a campervan and the other day i got busted 4 drink driving (it was the morning after a heavy night) i have 2 go 2 court and stuff, but will the conviction i get stop me from being alowd back into australia next month when i go back? if any1 has any idea it would be really helpful. thanx

2. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Presumably (being from the UK) you were in Australia on an ETA? If you're going back, you'll need to apply online for an ETA if you're just travelling (not working and here for less than 3 months). I don't think they ask you about convisitons on the ETA application....but then I live here so I've never had to apply for one!
If you need another type of visa (ie you plan to work), this may be affected by the conviction, but it will likely be considered a low-level offense and probably won't affect your application.

That said, be very careful driving the morning after a big night in Aus - there's often booze buses out in the mornings and they're not very lenient....

3. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am no expert but I would be very very very very very surprised if they didn't let you back in. I doubt very much that a drink driving charge would show up on interpol at all...