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Old 06.02.2015, 10:58
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Could someone please answer my question regarding entry in Australia

I tell you what I would like. What would be great would be a job in immigration in Australia. Duties would include diverting questions, referring you to another department, ignoring emails and best of all, having contact hours with enquires for 2 hours a day where you can put people on hold and finally disconnect them. The question is quite simple
My wife and I are going to Australia next month, my wife has a Swiss passport. Is it necessary to have a biometric passport to enter Australia.....

Below is the answer I received..

Dear Client,

Thank you for your correspondence.

Please note the passport is linked electronically to the passport number.

If you wish to reply to this message please use the reply form on our website and enter the reference number in the subject line of this email.....


Is that an answer , yes or no

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Old 06.02.2015, 11:10
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Re: Could someone please answer my question regarding entry in Australia

https://www.immi.gov.au/Visas/Pages/601.aspx

There is no mention of biometric passports. Maybe call the Australian embassy here to double check.
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Re: Could someone please answer my question regarding entry in Australia

And make sure the passport is valid for more than 6 months.
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Re: Could someone please answer my question regarding entry in Australia

Its valid, and try trying to call the embassy is an exercise in futility, might be better off calling a travel agent that specializes in Australia.
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Old 06.02.2015, 12:02
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Re: Could someone please answer my question regarding entry in Australia

How much time is left on her passport? When we went to the US, my husband renewed his old passport a year early to to be 100% safe with the ESTA requirements. Maybe just suck it up and get a new one, better to pay 100chf (ish) than lose a holiday.
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Old 06.02.2015, 12:23
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Re: Could someone please answer my question regarding entry in Australia

passport is good til 2018
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Old 06.02.2015, 12:30
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Re: Could someone please answer my question regarding entry in Australia

Perhaps, as usual, a little Googling would help.

http://www.customs.gov.au/smartgate/default.asp

So from the looks of that it could be either. If she has a biometric one she could use the SmartGate and if not she has to go through normally.

When was the passport issued? If it's after 1st March 2010 it's a biometric one.

"Since 15 February 2010, non-biometric passports (Passport 03, 06 and 85) are no longer delivered.
From 1 March 2010 and according to the Schengen Agreement, Swiss passports will all be biometric. This will ensure that travel to the United States will remain visa-free."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_p...tric_passports
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Re: Could someone please answer my question regarding entry in Australia

No, she doesn't need a biometric passport to enter Australia (based on recent experience). I think the reply you received (as quoted) is simply saying that all that is required is her passport number.

Your wife will need to obtain an eVisitor visa, which is free (unlike the ESTA required by the US). To qualify for this, all she needs is "a passport from an eligible country" (no mention of a biometric passport).
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Re: Could someone please answer my question regarding entry in Australia

I believe that workers in Australian Immigration, must be graduates from the University of Woolloomoolooo.
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Old 06.02.2015, 14:33
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I believe that workers in Australian Immigration, must be graduates from the University of Woolloomoolooo.
... or at least be able to spell it correctly* (since there isn't actually any such university).

*As you can. Do you work for Australian Immigration?
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... or at least be able to spell it correctly* (since there isn't actually any such university).

*As you can. Do you work for Australian Immigration?
I blame googlemaloo ...... which isn't a suburb of Sydney ...... or Bruce, for that matter, either.
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Old 06.02.2015, 14:52
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But Bruce *is* a suburb in Canberra, our great nation's little bush capital.

Its eerie emptiness is exemplified by other gripping suburb names such as Holt, and Downer.

Oh and remember, the new maximum allowance for cigarettes is 50 cigarettes. In Australia we call then "death sticks" or "sterility sticks". They are sold for $1 each, most of which is tax, so if you do sneak in a carton, it would be circa $200 of avoided tax excise and duty.

But nicotine patches are *much* cheaper in Australia than in Switzerland. Do they tax them here?

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