Overseas visitors are most welcome to attend the ADX18 Sydney dental exhibition. However, before finalising your plans it is best to ensure that the necessary approvals and preparations for your arrival are in place. This information is presented for guidance and overseas visitors are encouraged to make their own enquiries before travelling to Australia.
Visitors to Australia must have a valid passport and the appropriate Australian visa. The type of visa depends on the purpose of the visit. Overseas visitors seeking to attend or participate in a conference or exhibition / trade show in Australia should, in most cases, apply for a short stay business visitor visa (subclass 456). You must apply for your visa early to ensure that details are confirmed prior to your departure for the exhibition. Information about this important requirement can also be found on the Australian Government website at www.immi.gov.au
Some participants will be able to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). You can apply for an ETA via the internet www.eta.immi.gov.au or through a travel agent, an airline office or a specialist service provider to arrange an ETA on your behalf.
Currency and banking
Decimal currency is used in Australia, that is, dollars and cents. Current exchange rates can be obtained from your bank and online at www.xe.com. Most banks in Sydney are open Monday to Thursday from 9:30am to 4:00pm and 9:30am to 5:00pm on Fridays, with some banks open on Saturday. Exchange facilities are available at airports, most major hotels and automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) at a wide variety of outlets. All major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia.
Travel and health insurance
It is strongly recommended that you take out insurance policies to cover medical and travel expenses. If necessary, consult your travel agent.
Electricity in Australia is 220-240V AC at 50Hz. The sockets are three pin and you may need an adaptor. Universal outlets for 240V or 100V shavers are found in most leading hotels. Multi-voltage appliances as well as adaptors are readily available in department stores and luggage shops.
Most stores in Sydney open Monday to Saturday until around 5:00pm, and some retailers in the central business district may remain open until 9:00pm on week nights and between 9:00am to 5:00pm on Sundays. Grocery and department stores generally open seven days a week.
A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 10% applies to all consumer goods and is included in retail prices. Overseas visitors may be able to claim a refund of the GST through the Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS). Further information is available at www.customs.gov.au/site/page4646.asp
Tipping is acceptable in Australia though it is not compulsory. Generally tips are only given for good service, though it is not mandatory. If you wish to leave a tip, ten percent of the bill is customary.
The water in Australia exceeds the standards for safe drinking water set by the World Health Organisation. It is safe to drink water straight from the tap.