What important things have to be prepared?
“International driver license”
To be able to drive a vehicle in Australia during the trip, you need an international driver license.
Where to get it? What does it cost? What to provide?
In Germany you get it at your “Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency” (Führerscheinstelle). You have to provide a biometric picture of yourself, your normal driver license, your passport and 16 euros.
How long does it take to get it?
In my case it just took about 15minutes. I went to the agency right when it opened, so I didn’t have to wait as there was nobody in front of me. I gave all the required things (driver license, passport, 16€) to the lady and a few minutes later she handed me the new international driver license over. – Really easy and uncomplicated!
By the way, it is valid for the next 3years!
Don’t forget to apply for the certain visa before you fly, or else you won’t be able to continue your journey to Australia!
Which visa is the right one?
There are several visas available, always being updated, so I’m not able to tell you exactly which is the proper visa for you. I applied for an eVisitor, as I’ll stay in Australia for less than 3months and only for tourist reasons. You can apply for it directly on https://www.ecom.immi.gov.au/visas/app/uu?form=TV . IT IS FREE!
I already received the NOTIFICATION OF GRANT 2hours later, so this is really uncomplicated too! Nice one :-).
You may wonder why I applied for an eVisitor as I also planned to help others in exchange for food and accommodation? – Well, good question. Usually you aren’t allowed to work with this eVisitor tourist visa. But the Australian definition of work is the following:
“If you are visiting Australia as a tourist, no work is permitted. “Work” means an activity that, in Australia, normally attracts remuneration.” (http://www.immi.gov.au/contacts/forms/email/evisitor-faqs.pdf)
As I don’t get paid for helping other people in Australia, it means that I’m not actually working. So in my case, the eVisitor is the proper choice!
“Foreign health insurance”
As most of the usual german health insurances only cover costs of medical care in Germany and Europe, you better make sure to conclude a contract with an health insurance that also covers other countries over the whole world. Also take care about the duration of your visit! Most of the insurances are only valid for up to a few weeks. I’m glad that my trip is just within the 8weeks that are covered by my insurance.
Further it might be good to ask for a confirmation in English language, in case that anybody in Australia would like to see it.
Do I recommend any Health insurance?
Up to now, I do not have any experiences with foreign health insurances. But there are several websites comparing different providers like http://www.auslandskrankenversicherung-vergleich.com/ , check it out!