Planning Your Travel
Because of time change and jet lag the Organizing Committee suggests you consider arriving in Australia a day early. This will enable you to relax and familiarize yourself with your hotel and its surrounds before the start of the Congress. Sleep on the way over and have great time when you get here. If you are traveling from the East from or via America, don't forget the dateline. It means you lose a day on you way over (because we are ahead of America!) but gain it on the way back so you will arrive home the same day you leave.
Flying to Melbourne
Travelling to Australia is often seen as a luxury, especially taking into account the strength of the Australian dollar in recent years. This is however changing: compared to other currencies, the Australian dollar lost some of its value (now averaging at 0.80 USD), and many suppliers in the Tourism industry are offering affordable deals – so you’ll get more bang for your buck!
A round trip to Melbourne would cost you around $1300 USD from North America (from New York, NY or San Francisco, CA), a little under $1000 USD from Europe (London or Munich) and barely $500 USD if you are coming from Tokyo. Travelling to Melbourne is more affordable than you thought!
The following international airlines fly direct to Melbourne:
- Air China
- Air Mauritius
- Air Vanuatu
- Garuda Indonesia
- Korean Air
- Philippine Airlines
- Vietnam Airlines
- Air Pacific
- Air New Zealand
- Cathay Pacific
- China Eastern
- China Southern Airlines
- Malaysia Airlines
- Singapore Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Brunei
Australia’s Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is the world’s most advanced and streamlined travel authorisation system. If the country your passport represents has ETA Business Access, you can obtain authority to enter at the same time as you book your flights.
In addition, a recent innovative enhancement to ETA arrangements allows citizens from 30+ countries to access an instant online application. For more information, visit www.immi.gov.au
International Event Coordinator Network (IECN) Australian immigration staff can assist Congress organisers with delegate visa processing.
Business Contact Information for Visa info purposes:
Name: Thomas WH Kay
Position: Director, St Vincent's Institute of Medical Research
Telephone: +61 3 9288 2480
Easy Airport and City Access
Skybus (every 10-15 minutes)
Melbourne is 10 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time in September and the first week of October. Eastern Daylight Savings time will come into effect on the 4th October 2015. Melbourne will then be ahead 11 hours Greenwich Mean Time.
|Autumn (Mar-May), Spring (Sept-Nov)||12-21˚C||53-70˚F|