I'm flying Auckland to Manila on a Filipino passport, transiting through Sydney. Both flights are on the same carrier and there is no requirement to collect the bags and re-check them in Sydney. The transit time in Sydney is less than 8 hours so based on that information I see there is no requirement for a Transit Visa (Class 771).

HOWEVER... the connection in Sydney is 1hr 50 mins. It should be long enough, but what if there is a delay in the Auckland to Sydney leg that causes a missed connection in Sydney? The next flight from Sydney to Manila is the following day and Sydney is not a 24 hour airport so I would need to leave the airport for accommodation, but have no transit visa. I have tried contacting Sydney airports, the airlines and Australian immigration, but they all pass the buck to one another.

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    The safe option would of course be to ask for a transit visa even if it's not needed. In many other places there are usually procedures in place for on-the-spot visas or clearances to be granted for people who did not originally need a visa but due to the vagaries of travel suddenly need one. Don't know if that exists in Sydney or in Australia in general, though.
    – jcaron
    Commented Dec 11, 2019 at 12:23
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    See the second part of this question: Changing planes in Melbourne, do I need an Australian transit visa?
    – molypot
    Commented Dec 12, 2019 at 21:01

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In case you miss the connection in SYD through no fault of your own, Qantas (I assume it's Qantas based on your itinerary) will rebook you on the next available itinerary to get you to Manila, but that is not required to be a nonstop flight. For instance the rebooked flight may be SYD-SIN-MNL or SYD-HKG-MNL or any number of other itineraries, each of which depart after the one daily nonstop SYD-MNL flight but still on the same day and within the eight hour window.

SYD airport does close overnight, as most passenger flights are not allowed after 23:00 due to noise reasons. If it does become necessary for you to remain in Sydney overnight because of being unable to book you on an earlier itinerary, the airline will explain the situation to the Border Force, who will then usually admit you under Border (subclass 773) so that you can leave the airport and stay in a hotel overnight.

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