Member since 16 Jan 2018
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So my misses holds a passport from the people's republic of China, and she was flying from Christchurch to Shanghai via Sydney. The Christchurch to Sydney was supposed to be on Qantas, and China Eastern to Shanghai. We were told that her luggage would be checked all the way through, which meant she didn't need to through Australia immigration.
Member since 24 Apr 2012
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Check-in staff were correct: passport holders from the PRC require a transit visa to transit Australia, even if not leaving the international transit area or 'entering' Australia.Passport holders from many other countries are exempted from getting a transit visa, but the PRC is not one of them. See here for more details.The website states "If you are transiting though Australia for less than eight hours and you do not need to leave the airport transit lounge (except to board your connecting flight), you may not need to apply for a Transit visa (subclass 771). If you belong to one of the categories and meet the criteria outlined below, you can transit through Australia without applying for a visa."
"The following categories of travellers are eligible to transit
through Australia without applying for a visa if they also meet the criteria below:
(Note, no mention of China on that list - only way around it would be if the Chinese passport was a diplomatic passport.)
I see. Thanks Chris.
Member since 07 Oct 2012
Total posts 761
Like Chris said, they were quite correct. Having said that, given how much people travel these days, it shouldn't be necessary to obtain a transit visa if you aren't going through passport control. Just my 2 cents.
Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 13 Jul 2012
Total posts 150
Originally Posted by hutch
Originally Posted by Snail
There is a big different between "Should" and "Is"
The reason why visa is required:
Given how much people travel these days, it is not uncommon for passengers' travel plans to go awry.
Planes arrive late, connections get missed.
If a passenger has to stay in Australia overnight when an airlines screws up, they are not allowed to be marooned in the airport Transit Area.
Australian immigration will issue overnight visas so that passengers with missed connections can enter Australia.
Unfortunately they cannot do so for citizens of countries that are not explicitly specified on the visa-exemption list.
Air New Zealand - Airpoints
Member since 31 Oct 2016
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That makes a lot of sense.
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