2018 FIFA World Cup- Smartraveller Bulletin
2018 FIFA World Cup Bulletin
is now published on the Smartraveller website
. This bulletin should be read alongside our travel advice for Russia.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018
. There are 11 host cities
throughout Russia. Plan your travel and accommodation before you travel. The geographical distance between some of the host cities is vast. Always research your destination before travelling.
Batman by-election 2018
A by-election for the federal electoral Division of Batman in Victoria will be held on Saturday 17 March 2018.
In-person voting will not be available outside of Australia for this by-election. If you will be overseas on by-election day, you can apply for a postal vote or you can vote in person in Australia before you go.
For more information, visit the AEC website or contact the AEC via email or telephone +61 2 6113 4777 or +61 2 6160 2600.
Passport and Notarial Fees Increases
From 1 January 2018, passport and notarial fees increases will apply :
For Passports, the following increases will apply:
- 10-year validity passport for persons aged 16 and over- $282.
- 5-year validity passport for children under 16 years and persons aged 75 and over- $142.
- Emergency passport overseas- $178.
- The overseas surcharge for passport applications lodged outside Australia will increase to $53 for children under 18 years and to $105 for adults.
For Notarials, the new fees will range between $71 and $143 AUD depending on the requested service. This increase takes into account the growing costs of delivering notarial services and rising demand. The new fees structure aligns with those charged by commercial providers.
Frequent Traveller Passports
From 1 December 2017
, the Frequent Traveller Passport (FTP) will be discontinued
due to the decrease in the overall demand and as more countries are issuing electronic visas. For more information on replacement passports options please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Passport and Notarial Fees Payments
From 30 October 2017, the Australian Embassy in Moscow will no longer accept cash payments for passport and notarial fees. Only credit or debit card payments in Russian Roubles will be accepted for the payment of consular services, including passports and notarial acts. Payments must be made at the time of the appointment. In certain instances, payment can be made using a remote payment service. For more information please email email@example.com.
Smartraveller Campaign 2016
The Australian Government launched a new Smartraveller 2016 campaign to help Australian travellers prepare for their trips overseas. The new campaign aims to remind Australians to prepare for their upcoming trips and to take responsibility for themselves when travelling overseas.
With Australians continuing to travel in ever-increasing numbers, with almost 10 million trips taken in the last financial year, the Smartraveller message continues to be critically important: 'be informed, be prepared':
- check the Smartraveller website for information about destination countries and other travel bulletins and subscribe to the relevant advisories;
- register travel details on the website so that consular officers, family and friends back home are able to contact an emergency; and
- insure yourself by taking out travel insurance with an appropriate level of cover.
When Australians travel without adequate preparation, or make irresponsible choices, there can be very serious consequences for themselves and their family.
The advertisements will be featured on television and in digital, print, outdoor and social media as well as translated for non-English speaking Australians. There will also be a new Smartraveller smartphone application for android devices which will complement the existing iPhone application.
The Smartraveller campaign aligns with the Australian Government's Consular Strategy 2014-16, while taking a fun and light-hearted approach to the serious issue of being informed and prepared to travel safely overseas.
For more information about Smartraveller visit smartraveller.gov.au
To see the advertising campaign visit www.youtube.com/user/dfat