Australian travel for the elderly

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Travel to Australia is a rewarding experience for anyone, but for the elderly, there may be extra challenges. Deciding where to travel is not the only consideration; travel budget and being informed of services available at your destination and possible extra requirements for older travelers are important in order to adapt such travel to their age. Independent elderly travelers to Australia need to take note of the following:

Visa
An Australian visa is the foremost thing that needs to be secured. If traveling as tourists, people from 50 years old above may apply for an Australian tourist visa for elderly, which may be an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or an eVisitor visa. Both visas are valid for one year from grant, but the holder can stay for only a three-month period each time; this means that the holder may enter Australia multiple times as long as the visa is valid.

Like all visa applicants for the ETA and the eVisitor, elderly applicants need to satisfy health, character, and health insurance requirements. Additionally, elderly applicants may be required to undergo an Aged Visitor Health Check before some visitor visas can be issued; this health check may be free for applicants residing in countries with reciprocal agreement with Australia. No health checks are usually required for ETA visas.

The ETA and the eVisitor visas have more specific details that may be confusing, so the assistance of migration agents from National Visas can make their Australian visa application easier.

Accommodation and transportation
There are three national airlines and four regional airlines in Australia, but to save on airfares, it may be beneficial to compare ticket prices. A round-trip ticket is advisable, and a discounted one on online travel sites is always a good bet. Coaches and trams are a practical way to get around to see sites, but since age may be a consideration, travel by rental car, or a guided tour may be more comfortable. Getting a map or city guide will keep you going in the right direction.

You may like to stay with family members upon arrival, but if such is not possible, affordable hotels are available. It must be noted, though, that accommodation prices in cities are more expensive than in suburbs. Also, it is wise to check out online accommodation guides for the best hostels, farm-stays, apartments, and other temporary lodgings.

Tour
Booking an Australian tour for seniors prior to traveling is one option. This is a great energy- and time-saver. Depending on capacity, senior travelers may opt to rent a boat to enjoy the country’s sunsets and shores, hop from one heritage site to another, enjoy parks and sanctuaries, or get quality entertainment at the Sydney Opera House. There are a lot of activities to do in Australia for the elderly, and with a little forward planning, it can be a wonderful experience.

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National Visas offer Personalised Services to help you apply for a visa. National Visas has developed into a world leader in online immigration services Our Migration Agents are registered to provide Australian immigration advice, as required by Australian law.

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