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I am transiting through Sydney Airport but am changing carriers to my next destination in Thailand, so I have to retrieve my bags and re check-in.

Does transit without visa still apply?

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    Changing air carriers does not necessarily mean that you must transfer your bags yourself. Did you buy a single ticket? On which airlines? – Michael Hampton Jan 1 '16 at 23:03
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No, you can't use transit without visa if you need to leave the transit lounge for any reason. DIBP:

Travellers must:

  • not need to leave the airport transit lounge except to continue their journey.
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