Imperial would like to make your journey to Australia an enjoyable experience. We strongly advice our students to follow this check list once your enrolment is confirmed and student visa issued by the Australian authorities. This will enable you to overcome some of the difficulties faced by international students. If you are ensure or would like further clarification, do not hesitate to contact us prior to your departure.
Book your ticket as soon as possible after the student visa is granted to obtain better rates and avoid the last minute rush.
See if your ticket provides you with insurance for yourself and your luggage, otherwise you may need to think of getting insurance for your journey.
Buy better quality, light luggage bags with locking facility. Keep items handy which you are to declare to Customs and Quarantine. Also label your luggage clearly and keep a copy of your contact details inside it.
Carry adequate clothing as per the climate of Melbourne. Do not bring food items animal products or plant products as most of them are not allowed entry into Australia. Food, animal or plant products are required to be declared on your passenger card.
Medicines with doctor prescription may be allowed for a short duration. They are to be declared on you passenger card on arrival.
Passport size photographs:
You may require some photographs on your arrival and carrying your latest photographs may help you.
Personal documents: Bring original or certified copies of your academic transcripts including English result, work reference, birth certificate, letter of offer and eCOE, and copy of your visa application documents. Documents not in English should have a translated copy in English.
Collect your passport with visa issue letter, airline ticket and health insurance details.
You must bring enough Australian currency in cash to meet your initial expenses and have access to A$ 2000 to A$ 3000 in traveller’s cheque/bank drafts in your name.
Bringing others’ bags:
Never bring other’s items or bags as they may contain something illegal. If you do so, you will be held accountable for it.
Keep your enrolment letter, eCOE and contact details of The Imperial College of Australia with you at all times once you have boarded your flight.
On arriving in Australia:
Incoming passenger card:
Read it carefully and enter correct details. In case of doubt seek assistance from the Custom or Quarantine officer on duty. Follow the red or green channel as per your declaration on the card.
Duty free goods:
Visit www.aqis.gov.au for information on bringing food items, medicines and animal products into Australia.
Currently AU$ 900 worth of goods (not including alcohol and tobacco) can be brought to Australia as duty free. For passengers below 18 years of age the limit is AU$ 450. The permissible limits for alcohol and tobacco products are 2.25 litters of alcohol and 250 grams of cigarette or 250 grams of cigars.