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#21
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Joined Feb 2013
Originally posted by We Go Cruise Brah
And its less than a $10 USD difference when taking into account exchange rates
Hello Everyone,
I took everyone's advice and I've already got my Australian Visa thru the AU government site.
So now I don't have to worry any more.
Thanks.
#22
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Joined Nov 2000
Just curious...is the visa that Princess gets for you for an Australia/NZ cruise good for a post cruise stay in Sydney? How does that work? We'll arrive pre cruise one day prior, but want to stay for a week or so in Australia post cruise.


Originally posted by seafish
Our up-coming Dawn Princess Northern Australia Explorer Cruise Sydney/Perth booking confirmation includes Visa Fees of $20 pp. So .... is there something else we need? Are these Visas through Princess electronically applied to our US Passports after final payment? Do we receive a hardcopy and/or receipt of the Visa purchase for our airline check-in? How does all this work? On a previous RCCL AUS/NZ cruise we purchased our Visas on-line - so the Princess process is a bit different. Called Princess - but (they) were not sure. Any help appreciated from you guys "In-The Know". FJG
#23
London
22,031 Posts
Joined Feb 2004
Originally posted by bconley351
Just curious...is the visa that Princess gets for you for an Australia/NZ cruise good for a post cruise stay in Sydney? How does that work? We'll arrive pre cruise one day prior, but want to stay for a week or so in Australia post cruise.
If it's an Electronic Travel Authority, which I expect it is, then it permits any number of entries to Australia at any time until its expiry (or the expiry of your passport, if earlier), and on each entry you can stay in Australia for up to three months.

So assuming that your ETA is issued less than a year before the end of your cruise, so that it's still valid on that date, you should be fine for both of the entries to Australia that you're planning.

In any case, realistically your ETA would need still to be valid on that date because even if you weren't staying in Australia, you'd still need to enter Australia in order to get to the airport to fly out.
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#24
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Originally posted by bconley351
Just curious...is the visa that Princess gets for you for an Australia/NZ cruise good for a post cruise stay in Sydney? How does that work? We'll arrive pre cruise one day prior, but want to stay for a week or so in Australia post cruise.
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Hello - Yes...as I understand it (this) Princess passport applied ETA is valid for 90 days. We too plan SYD pre/PER post stays - so all should be good.

BTW - Is bconley351 Lorraine & Bill from the August 2011 Crown Princess B.I. cruise? Really was a great time & lots of fun private group tours. Fred
#25
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Joined Nov 2000
That's us...in fact we just got back from a BI cruise on Sunday. We had friends who had never done the itinerary so I bit the bullet and planned 5 excursions. I had spreadsheets and photo meet & greets to keep everyone straight. Some days I was more confused than others. But we had great weather!
Our Australia/NZ isn't until 01/16, but started checking out cc for ideas as soon as we got home. We booked while on the Ruby.
We saw Craig and Barbara (wine countrycruiser) on the Royal last October.


Originally posted by seafish
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Hello - Yes...as I understand it (this) Princess passport applied ETA is valid for 90 days. We too plan SYD pre/PER post stays - so all should be good.

BTW - Is bconley351 Lorraine & Bill from the August 2011 Crown Princess B.I. cruise? Really was a great time & lots of fun private group tours. Fred
#26
Butler, PA 16001
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Hello Lorraine & Bill - We thought that was you. Sounds like you guys had a great B.I. return cruise - excellent. And - taking care of all that cruise group stuff is a bunch of work but, well worth it - good for you. Funny thing - just yesterday Sandy & I were looking at some B.I. photos and there you and Bill are at the Blarney Castle entrance along with Barbara & Craig and another photo of you taking a pix of Bill kissing the stone. Small world. Our Australia cruise is also in 2016 - but this time March on Dawn Princess. Thanks for your prompt follow-up - take care. Fred
#27
Wilkes-Barre,PA
322 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
I am booked on the QV's world cruise. I spoke to a rep from Cunard and he told me that the ship has taken care of the ETA for us. Do you think it limits us to be used only with the ship"s excursions or allows us access to come and go as we see fit?
#28
Sydney, Australia
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Originally posted by mcsean
I am booked on the QV's world cruise. I spoke to a rep from Cunard and he told me that the ship has taken care of the ETA for us. Do you think it limits us to be used only with the ship"s excursions or allows us access to come and go as we see fit?
The latter.
#29
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We will be disembarking our cruise in Sydney and spending two nights before leaving Australia less than 72 hours total. Is the transit visa the correct one for us?
#30
Arlington, Virginia
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Originally posted by nitroused
We will be disembarking our cruise in Sydney and spending two nights before leaving Australia less than 72 hours total. Is the transit visa the correct one for us?
I assume you are a U.S. citizen. As such, according to the official Australian government website for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, U.S. citizens may transit Australia (for up to 72 hours) without obtaining a visa.

HOWEVER, this option applies only if you are entering Australia by air. Since you are entering Australia by sea, you will need to apply for either a Transit Visa (Subclass 771) or you could apply for an ETA. If you compare the two, you will see that just applying for the ETA is a WHOLE lot easier.

Here's the relevant language regarding transiting Australia and transit visas:
https://www.border.gov.au/Lega/Lega/...ough-australia
#31
QLD--AUSTRALIA
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Joined Mar 2005
Originally posted by nitroused
We will be disembarking our cruise in Sydney and spending two nights before leaving Australia less than 72 hours total. Is the transit visa the correct one for us?
Notes:

If passengers are required to pass through Immigration clearance and check-in to their onward flight, including managing their luggage, they will require a visa to enter Australia.
An appropriate visa for this purpose will need to be applied for and granted before travelling to Australia.

There are limited transit facilities available at the Gold Coast airport (OLD).
Overnight stays are not permitted at Cairns (CNS) and Sydney (SYD) airports.
Passengers transiting overnight will need an appropriate visa for Australia to leave the airport to access overnight accommodation.

THE SAME would apply by ship..
#32
London
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Joined Feb 2004
But an ETA would do the job for anyone who is eligible, and is a great deal easier than applying for a formal visa (as GradUT says).
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#33
QLD--AUSTRALIA
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Originally posted by Globaliser
But an ETA would do the job for anyone who is eligible, and is a great deal easier than applying for a formal visa (as GradUT says).
TOTALLY agree..
on my latest cruise rollcall, US citzs are asking about visas for Aus.
I have put on the correct ETA link by the aus gov.
but some of the Americans insist on using "fly by night" visa services, who charge 3 x more..'
I just dont get it.
#34
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Joined Jun 2014
Originally posted by Kharvavad
Thank you for your quick response.
Some one on CC Board suggested following site .


https://easyeta.com/ $9.95 USD
Is this site legitimate?

Thanks.
Hema
Yes, this site is totally legit. I have used it many times in the past five years and love the savings!