All visitors to Australia need a visa – only New Zealand nationals are exempt, and even they receive a ‘special category’ visa on arrival. Visa application forms are available from Australian diplomatic missions overseas, travel agents or the website of the department of immigration & citizenship (phone: 13 18 81;



Australia’s country code: 61

Sydney’s area code: 02

International access code: 0011 (used when dialling other countries from Australia)

You can buy local and international phone cards from local retail outlets such as newsagents or 7-elevens, located around the city and Sydney suburbs. There is a wide variety of phone card brands to select from, so you can chat with loved ones living in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Ask your vendor for details.