International Conference on Laser Ablation31 August - 4 September 2015 | Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Transportation & visas

Visas to travel to Australia

All travellers to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, are legally required to hold a valid visa to travel to Australia. Visas are either issued electronically (ETA) with nothing appearing in the passport or through application where a sticker is required in the passport (non-ETA). It is advisable to apply for your visa as soon as possible to ensure processing time. The minimum time frame stated for a non-ETA Australian visa application is six (6) to eight (8) weeks.

For overseas visitors attending conferences in Australia, the applicable visa is an:
eVisitor (subclass 651) visa, (ETA) Electronic Travel Authority (subclass 601) or Visitor (subclass 600) visa in the business visitor stream.

eVisitor-eligible passports are citizen passports issued by the following countries:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Republic of San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom – British Citizen, Vatican City.
» How to apply for an eVisitor 651 visa.

You can apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) if you hold a citizen passport from:
Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong (SAR of China), Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, United States.
» How to apply for an electronic travel Authority 601 ETA.

For passport holders from all other countries you will need to apply for a Visitor (Subclass 600) visa in the business visitor stream.
» How to apply for an visitor 600 visa.

To assist timely processing by Australia's visa offices overseas, Conference Logistics will be collecting passport details, as part of the online registration system and submitting those details to the Department of Immigration. Once registrations have been paid and where passport details have been provided, we will be providing delegates with an invitation letter, which they can use when applying for their non ETA visa.

Delegates applying for a non-ETA visa must present their conference letter of invitation to an Australian visa office to support their application. Letters of invitation will be provided after registration.

When applying for the Subclass 600 visa (Business Visitor Stream), you will need to indicate how long you wish to remain in Australia. This visa generally allows stays of up to 3 months in Australia, however the visa period is determined by a case by case basis and may be less than the period requested.

For further information please refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Travelling to Cairns by air

Cairns Airport is the main gateway to Tropical North Queensland. It boasts international, domestic and general aviation terminals. It is serviced by major international, national and state air carriers. There are many direct flights for international travellers: New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Guam and Papua New Guinea as well as Singapore via Darwin. Cairns Airport is Australia's fifth busiest in terms of international passengers.

Cairns Airport offers both domestic and international flights. Airfield operations are 24 hours, and terminal operations including shops, cafes at both pre and post immigration points are open in accordance with flight schedules.

The website has live details on the current departures and arrivals at both the domestic and international terminals, updated every three minutes. If you're arriving in Cairns by plane then you might need an airport transfer to get you to your accommodation.

Further information on how to get to Cairns is available on the website

Letter of Invitation

If you require assistance with your visa application, please complete the relevant section in the online registration form. These details will be provided to the Australian Department of Immigration. You will need to make your own visa application through your nearest Australian Embassy.

If you require a letter of invitation to assist with your visa application to attend the conference, please email with COLA 2015 Visa Invitation Letter in the subject line.

If you require any further details, please contact Conference Logistics on 02 6281 6624 or email