Do I need a transit visa when travelling from UK to New Zealand stopping in Sydney for one hour 30 minutes?

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    Is it on a through ticket, or do you have to collect your bags and re-check them with a new airline? – Gagravarr Dec 6 '12 at 16:00

According to the Australian department of immigration, you need a transit visa unless all of the following conditions are met:

  • Your stop lasts no longer than 8 hours (ok).
  • You remain in the transit area (so not ok if you need to retrieve and check in your luggage in Sydney).
  • You must have an accepted passport. Mostly this means you are from Europe, Oceania or North America (but check this page for the exact list of countries).

Otherwise, you must get a transit visa. It's free, but you must apply in advance, after booking your flight and if necessary obtaining a visa for your destination.

  • Does this 8 hour stop take delays into consideration? It says on the link within 8 hours of the scheduled time of their arrival, but what if the flight turns up late and you have a connecting flight booked? – ingh.am Dec 16 '13 at 21:11
  • @ing0 If you miss your connecting flight, you may need to obtain a visa on the spot. I expect that this is common enough that there will be a customs officer present who knows what to do. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Dec 16 '13 at 21:39
  • Thanks for the info. I was more curious if our flight was delayed for something that was out of our control. I imagine that in this case I wouldn't be the only traveller without a transit visa and stuck in AUS for potentially more than 8 hours. Do they issue them on the spot under certain circumstances? Thanks – ingh.am Dec 18 '13 at 15:31

You don't need a transit visa for Sydney as you can see here. UK is included in the list of countries that doesn't need it.

Also if you hold a British passport you are included.

Transit without visa arrangements

3.- People holding British passports (irrespective of endorsement in passport regarding national status)

  • @downvoter can you at least leave me a comment to know what is it wrong in my answer? Thanks – SERPRO Dec 6 '12 at 19:34
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    The link is appropriate, but what you state is very different from what that web page states. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Dec 6 '12 at 23:52
  • @Gilles Thank you. I gave him the answer according to his conditions, he is on transit for 1h 30m and I was assuming he is holding British passport (At the moment the question doesn't specify it). So I left the answer for his case, though I agree it could have been expressed better. – SERPRO Dec 7 '12 at 9:54

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