Arriving in Melbourne

Melbourne is served by an international airport, receiving over 200 international flights per week from major cities around the globe.

Melbourne International Airport is located 22km north west of the city – approximately 30 minutes drive via the Citylink freeway. Both direct international and domestic flights arrive and depart from this airport using a single terminal complex. Transfers to the city from the airport are easily accessed. Taxis are available outside the terminal at ground floor level at a cost of approximately AUD65.00.

Alternatively, SkyBus operates an airport to city and return bus service. A return fare is AUD30.00 per person or AUD18.00 per person one way (at the time of printing). Buses depart every 20 minutes and drop off at city hotels in Melbourne. For further information, please visit www.skybus.com.au.

Passport and Visa

All international visitors require a valid passport and Visa for entry into Australia (New Zealand visitors require a valid passport only). A facility for electronically issuing visas, The Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) system, is currently available through international travel agents and airlines in 29 countries including the US, UK, parts of Western Europe, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. This system also includes pre-clearance for entry which reduces the time needed to process passengers on arrival. Your local Australian Embassy or Consulate can advise of the availability. For non-ETA countries, visas are issued from Australian Embassies and Consulates around the world and we recommend that you apply early for your visa. For further information, please visit www.immi.gov.au.

If you haven’t already done so, you need to apply for an Australian visa as soon as possible in order to attend IFCU.

See below checklist:

  • Apply for your Visa
    Visa applications can take up to six weeks to process so please ensure you apply for your Visa early.
  • Book your flights to Australia
    We recommend you book your flights to Melbourne early to secure lower cost airfares so you don’t miss the opportunity to attend.
  • Register for the General Assembly
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  • Book your accommodation
    To book your accommodation at special rates, please visit the ICMS Travel Accommodation Portal.

Quarantine

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of animals and plants which cannot be brought into the country without prior application. Animal and plant products are also restricted.
For further information please contact: www.customs.gov.au.

Time Zones

Melbourne operates on Australian Eastern Standard time, which is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For international passengers, we suggest that you try to allow yourself at least a day in which to adjust to the time difference and relax after your flight, before the Congress commences. Travellers flying westward across the Pacific Ocean are reminded that they will lose a day by crossing the International Date Line. The ‘lost day’ will be regained on the return journey.