Australia Travel Information
Due to the prevalence of the coronavirus (Covid-19),
the Australian authorities have introduced entry denials
to Australia for foreign nationals. Nor will transit via
Australian airports be possible. Read more about the
coronavirus in the Health section.
Australian authorities consider the possibility of a
terrorist threat to Australia "probable" and recommend
extra vigilance. Australia, on the other hand, is
generally a safe country to travel in. Travelers should
have travel insurance, which covers expenses that can
occur in the event of accidents and deaths throughout
their stay. Travelers should also be wary and take
reasonable precautions to reduce the risk of being hit
by crime. Australia generally has strict laws against
the possession and use of drugs, including cannabis.
Forest fires have always been a natural part of the
ecosystem in Australia and are a regular occurrence. At
times, the spread of fires can be a natural disaster and
threaten life and health, as well as lead to significant
air pollution due to smoke, which can be harmful to
health. Areas with forest fires should be avoided and
advice from Australian authorities in each state should
be followed. See links to contemporary overview of each
state's events/fires below:
- New South Wales
- Northern Territories
- Western Australia
- South Australia
Australia can also be hit by tropical storms, floods,
tsunamis and earthquakes. Tropical storms with heavy
rainfall and flooding can occur in the northern areas of
Australia and especially in Queensland.
- Countryaah: Canberra is the capital
of Australia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The coast of Queensland, especially the areas around
Brisbane can be hit by tsunami. The same is true of the
coast off Broome, south of Darwin, in Western Australia.
Check the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Center
(JATWC) for notification as well as announcements on
radio and television.
Earthquakes can occur in large parts of Australia.
For advice and information on earthquake hazards in
Australia, use Geoscience Australia 's websites. To get
updates on earthquakes, sign up for their Eartquake
Follow local news and follow the advice and advice of
Australian authorities in the event of a crisis.
For an overview of available emergency assistance,
use the government's Disaster Assist tool. For
information on how to prepare for natural disasters, use
the Red Cross's RediPlan.
It is recommended to take extra good care of
passports, credit cards, cash and tickets. Always take
this with you when you leave the car and always take
extra care of your handbag/wallet wherever you go. Take
advantage of the hotels' safe deposit box offer. Due to
very large distances, it will take time and incur extra
costs to get a passport replaced.
In Australia, it is a left-hand drive. Therefore,
always remember to look to the right when crossing the
road or when crossing junctions or roundabouts. A good
rule is to look at both sides. Road safety is given high
priority by Australian authorities. There are relatively
severe penalties for traffic offenses.
Local emergency numbers are as follows:
- Landline emergency number and most mobile
- Emergency number for GSM and satellite phones:
- Emergency number for text-based mobile phones
- International emergency number: 1300 555 135
See full list of contact details for Australian
emergency services at Emergency services.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs encourages anyone
traveling abroad to register on the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs travel registration . Travel registration is
also recommended for anyone who is going to be abroad
for an extended period of time, including students and
Contact family members in Norway if you have reason
to believe that they may be worried about you. Family
members can also contact the local authorities in the
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens must have an electronic visa for
shorter stays in Australia. Visas are available from
travel agents or airlines. Visas are valid for stays up
to three months at a time within a twelve month period.
For more information see the Australian Border Force
Norway has a bilateral agreement on working holiday
visas with Australia. Such visas give Norwegians under
the age of 31 upon arrival in Australia, access to stay
and work in Australia for up to twelve months. For more
information, see Working Holiday visa.
Australia has no special rules regarding validity of
the passport, but please note that in transit through
Asia most countries require that the passport must be
valid for at least six months at the time of travel.
Australia has very strict quarantine rules. All
luggage is checked upon entry. All food and articles of
untreated wood, leather, natural material etc. must be
declared upon entry and approved by quarantine
inspectors. Failure to declare will be fined on the
spot. Pets such as dog and cat can only be imported with
prior consent and valid papers. For more information -
see the Australian Government website.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Due to the
prevalence of the coronavirus, the Australian
authorities have introduced entry denial into Australia
for foreign nationals. Nor will transit via Australian
airports be possible. Travelers should therefore contact
airlines for alternative itineraries.
Information on the Australian entry restrictions can
be read on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Norwegian travelers should also keep up to date on the
development of the corona virus, and follow the
Australian authorities' guidance and directions.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
It is recommended that the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs' general advice on travel, including travel
insurance, be followed. For information on the bilateral
health agreement, read the Embassy's review of the
Travel Insurance Scheme in Australia or the agreement
document between Norway and Australia.
Health and sanitation are about the same as in
Norway. It is recommended to follow travel vaccine
advice from the National Institute of Public Health.
Fountains can be drunk in the big cities. Otherwise it
is recommended that you ask for each place. Bottled
water is easily accessible.
There are a number of poisonous species of spiders
and snakes throughout Australia, including in urban
areas. There are also shark and poisonous jellyfish
along the coast. If you are bitten by unknown
animals/insects, follow local precautions and seek
Australia has consistently experienced a warm climate
with very strong sun. Due to a thinner ozone layer than
in Northern Europe, the UV radiation is extra high.
Therefore, be careful about the sun protection.
The area code for phone calls to Australia is +61.
Time difference is eight hours at Norwegian summer time
and ten hours at Norwegian winter time. Power uses 240
volts and three-point plugs. Adapters are usually
available in stores.
Mobile coverage is good in cities, but partly poor in
peripheral areas. Time differences vary between states
as they belong to different time zones and the date of
change of summer/winter time varies.
All regular credit and debit cards are accepted at
ATMs and shops/ hotels. Vending machines are readily
available in cities. It is not possible to withdraw
money from foreign cards in stores. It is not possible
to get fuel from card pumps after closing time. In
peripheral areas, gas stations close earlier than in
Public offices are open Monday to Friday at. 09:
00-16: 00. Stores are normally open from 09:00 to 17:30.
Grocery stores usually have longer opening hours and
also stay open on holidays. Shopping malls are normally
open both Saturday and Sunday.
English is the official language. Passports are the
only valid credentials for tourists. Australians usually
dress relatively formally at work, but very informally
in their free time, even during opera and theater
visits. Tips are common, but not necessary. Smoking is
generally not allowed indoors in hotels, restaurants,
bars and cafes, as well as public buildings.
For short stays, Norwegian driver's licenses are
accepted by authorities and car rental companies.
However, this requires that you either have an English
translation of the driver's license or have an
international driver's license. Roads in cities and
towns are generally of good quality. In the outskirts,
dirt roads are common.
For further information, please contact the Norwegian
Embassy in Canberra or Consulate. Contact information
can be found here.