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Gold Coast Visa and Passport Requirements

Before making any plans to live, travel or work in Australia, you must ensure that you have a proper visa, without which you will be denied permission to enter the country, and shall be sent back to your home country (at your own expense). The visa policy of Australia states that a foreign national wishing to enter Australia must obtain a visa, if he wishes to travel to, enter and remain in the country. Based on the Migration Act 1958 and the Migration Regulations, Visa rules are administered by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Except for New Zealanders, anyone who wishes to enter Australia for any purpose,needs a visa. New Zealanders have a privilege of receiving a ‘special category visa on arrival’ and; there are no formalities and they can live and work in Australia for as long as they wish.

The four main categories of visas to Australia are: Student, Traveller, Temporary residence and Migration. Also, multiple-entry visas are issued to those who visit Australia frequently over a long period, for example - entertainers, businessmen, the parents of children living there and sports persons. Remember, there are fees attached to almost all visas, and processing of visa applications in a few categories can take up a good amount of time in some countries, owing to the huge number of applications to be processed. Approval may take anything from a few weeks to a number of years, so it is advised you get done with the formalities well in advance. Please check the Australian government website for detailed information about the same, as the visa norms keep changing every few years.


Before making any plans to live, travel or work in Australia, you must ensure that you have a proper visa, without which you will be denied permission to enter the country, and shall be sent back t...

How to Reach Gold Coast

By Air

The Gold Coast Airport, better known as the Coolangatta Airport, is located in Coolangatta to the south of the city. It is a pretty unique airport as it lies across the Queensland and New South Wales borders; you would always land in one state and arrive in the other. Though it is a fairly small terminal, it receives around 3.5 million travellers annually. The airport is well connected with major cities in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Another thing to keep in mind is that it is NOT a 24 hour airport, so do not plan on staying overnight before an early morning flight.

The Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle runs transit services from the Gold Coast Airport to hotels and theme parks all over Gold Coast. Customer service kiosks are in the located in the international and domestic terminals. An alternative, especially if using a rented car, is to fly into Brisbane Airport. You have better connectivity from there. 

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