Travelling to Australia
All international conference attendees coming to Australia in March will have to apply for a travel visa. Australia has various options for visas for conference delegates. Depending on your country of origin, visas processing can take anywhere between 1 day and 6 weeks.
For accurate and up-to-date information on visa applications, be sure to head to the Australian Department of Home Affairs website to explore your visa options.
Impacts are being felt around the world from the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wuhan, Hubei Province China. We encourage our attendees to stay informed with the latest facts from official channels and to double-check your travel plans to Australia for IYNC2020.
Please see Australia’s response & travel restrictions here.
The Australian Government’s Department of Health has coronavirus latest updates and information on how to manage it relevant to the tourism industry. Please visit: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert.
Smart Traveller has created a resource including information on the outbreak and links to relevant links where travellers can access the latest health and travel advice. This will help delegates plan any upcoming travel within Australia. Please visit https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/news-and-updates/coronavirus-covid-19 for more information.
Thank you to everyone for your concern and thoughts for us during this Australia fire season. We’ve received a few queries in regards to how this may impact IYNC2020 and have addressed this below:
The location and venue will remain at the ICC in Sydney for IYNC2020, as it is located within the city of Sydney which has not been directly affected by bushfires. Air quality is expected to improve during the week of the conference, which will be after bushfire season. In addition, the technical tour areas have not been affected by bushfires.
The IYNC2020 team will remain updated on the status of the fires and inform you of any changes which may impact the event. If you would like to stay up to date on the latest information within Australia, you can find the details here.
Entry into Australia
What to do before you arrive in Australia?
Australia has very strict biosecurity and quarantine laws. This is to protect Australia’s distinctive agriculture and unique wildlife. Prior to your arrival in Sydney, you will be provided with an Incoming Passenger Card. On this card you will be required to declare any risk goods you have brought with you. Risk goods include certain foods, plant materials and animal products, where an extensive list of these materials and products can be found here. If you declare any goods, a biosecurity officer will be inspect them upon entry. If they are high risk, you may have to pay for them to be treated, or exported from Australia or destroyed. If they are low risk, they will be returned to you.
We recommend all conference delegates review the complete list of goods prior to travelling to Australia.
Sydney Airport is unique in its proximity to the city centre and is just eight kms (five miles) from the conference venue as well as Sydney’s stunning harbour, pristine beaches and the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House. For delegates, this means travel time is kept to a minimum – around 25 minutes by car – as are transfer costs from Sydney Airport to hotels.
Outlined below are the approximate costs for a variety of transfer options, and travel around Sydney more broadly.
Check out Destination NSW Travel Information for more advice.
The ICC Sydney
The International Convention Centre Sydney is Asia Pacific’s premier integrated convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct. Located in a prime waterfront setting within the Darling Harbour precinct in the heart of Sydney, the ICC Sydney combines technological innovation with versatile spaces.
How to Get There
The ICC is conveniently located just 8 km (5 miles) from the airport and only moments from the city centre, easily accessible by ferry, water taxi, light rail, bus, car or on foot.
See the ICC Sydney Website for for up-to-date travel information for getting to and from the venue.