Mice Affairs Media Group, News Desk, 8th March 2022
Australian High Commission In India confirms a bounce back in visa applications from India. Australia has opened its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from all nations starting 21st February 2022.
"Government of Australia has announced a number of new initiatives to welcome back visitors to Australia, even in some special cases a free visitor visa for those who could not use the earlier stamped visa due to pandemic. With ICC T20 world cup approaching fast, Australia is also gearing up for fast and convenient visa processing procedures to be in place" quoted Chris Waters, minister counsellor for Southeast Asia, department of home affairs at the Australian High Commission.
Due to strong demand, everyone is encouraged to lodge their visa applications well in advance. An Australian visitor visa is valid for between 12 months to 3 years of its approval, hence one may plan for a visa as early and suitable to travel needs, added Chris Waters.
The Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) has replaced the Australia Travel Declaration. All passengers arriving by air into Australia should complete the DPD. You can start your DPD seven days before your flight and submit it within 72 hours prior to your departure for Australia. This is because you must provide your health information and declaration (vaccination status and COVID-19 test result) within 72 hours before your flight. For information on travel to Australia, visit: COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)
While addressing an event, Nishant Kashikar, Country Manager, Tourism Australia shared 2035 Strategy around India market. " TA is aiming at 1.2 Million Visitors and A$ 9Bn spends by 2035 from India against 400K visitors and A$ 1.8Bn in 2019. India has been fastest growing Inbound market for Australia for three consecutive years (2017-19) and the market share has been growing at almost double the rate of growth in Indian Outbound Travel market"
1. Direct Aviation Capacity on India Australia Route to be doubled
2. Visa Application Charge to be waived
3.Bolster the Business Events industry through BE Bid fund
4.Launch of Australia 365 on Demand - A Trade Resource Hub
5. 90+ New Accommodation Options (Westin, Accor, Adina, IHG, Abode, Langham, Oaks, Peppers and more)
6. 72 New Products and Experience for all visitors to support "AUSTRALIA IS YOURS TO EXPLORE"
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