Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 14 Apr 2014
Total posts 44
Might be a bit of a rookie question, but I'm travelling to London as an AUS citizen, tourist visa on arrival. My friend who lives there wants to go to Disneyland France on the Eurostar. Am I gonna have to organise a visa or anything before we do that?
Member since 07 May 2012
Total posts 299
As an AUS citizen, you do not need a visa to enter France for tourist purposes. You are generally allowed 60 or 90 days.
Will I have any dramas heading from France back into England? We're looking at doing the Disney trip half way thru my stay
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,115
No problems as a tourist - you'll just get another UK entry stamp when you return to England.
No dramas! You get 3 months when you enter. The euro zone is basically border less.
Member since 12 Jul 2014
Total posts 79
Just keep a copy of your travel iternerary handy for the UK Border Officer. My parents recently came over and we visited Paris before returning to the UK and the Officer asked to see thier itinerary.
They are usually pleasant, but may ask to see proof that you are no trying to overstay. They are only protecting their borders, albiet less strictly than us.
Excellent. Thanks all for the info!
Member since 21 Apr 2012
Total posts 2,059
Just another thought. When you go through Heathrow, take an extra landing card with you. I think you may need it when entering the UK. I believe UKBA agents are now stationed at Gare du Nord, and you will be processed in Paris (they've got landing cards there).
However if you catch the train from Marne La Valle (Disneyland Paris), I believe UKBA agents will stamp your passport once you're out of the tunnel (I'm not sure if they jump onboard at Lille or Ashford, Kent). This is when the British authorities have not thought it through and will scurry around looking for a landing card if you're not in posession of a completed one already.
Same thing goes if you're flying from CDG or ORY airport. Take an extra landing card with you. Somehow BA/AF think you're all EU pax and won't need landing cards. So again you'll have to scurry around LHR upon arrival getting landing cards by the immigration queue and filling them up before joining the queue.
It's quiet a disgrace that an Australian might worry about entering the UK, when on the other hand an EU citizen can just wander in willy nilly. The Queen of Australia resides in Buckingham Palace for God's sake!
Member since 31 Aug 2012
Total posts 69
This is always a niggle but get over it, it will not be changing any time soon! It is especially grating when you Q up at Heathrow for hours with 'Others' while you see EC newbies cruise through the e-gates in seconds! Even worse is when you are in a so-called Priority line which is moving slower than the hoi poloi line! :)
Glad I'm not the only one to feel that way (who is not a 60 year old grandpa). Things may change, you might never know what with the rise of UKip and the panadora's box that may be opened with the Scottish vote. Stranger things have happened...
That's true, but it will need political pressure from our Julie, or even our British PM, Tony Abbott. No Australia governments have had the will or inclination to get negotiations going in the past. Any deal would need to be reciprical, but can't really see any downside there. (I have found the way to ease the Heathrow pain is to arrive most other times outside the early morning peak.)
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Might be a bit of a rookie question, but I'm travelling to London as an AUS citizen, tourist visa on arrival.
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