Travel to Sydney
Important Travel Update: Australia has removed the requirement of COVID-19 vaccination status declaration from 6 July 2022 onwards, you can read more about it here. Earlier this year on 11 March 2023, Australia ceased the COVID-19 predeparture requirement in China which includes the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau. As restrictions can change at any time, click here to stay updated with travel regulations to Australia.
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For questions you may have regarding the Event, Sydney, Registration & Ticketing, Visa, Travel & Safety and the Venue, you may refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here.
Entry to Australia
Here are some of the important things to do prior to your arrival in Australia (information accurate as of 7 July 2023):
1. Check for your VISA Eligibility and Apply
Aside from Australian citizens, you will need to apply for VISA prior to your arrival. New Zealand passport holders can apply upon arrival.
- Ensure that you have successfully registered for SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 and received the ‘Letter of Invite’ to apply for VISA link embedded within the Registration Confirmation Email
- Ensure that your passport validity covers for your intended period in Australia
- Check the type of VISA that you would need to apply, here
- Apply either via the Australian ETA App or ImmiAccount, depending on the type of VISA
For more information on the types of VISA, head over to the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.
2. Complete the Incoming Passenger Card (IPC)
- This is a requirement under Australian law to identify ourselves and provide certain information through the completion of a passenger card
- The IPC will be handed on board, to be completed before arriving in Australia
- Details are to be accurate and completed in English only
click here for more information on the IPC.
How to get to Sydney?
|Route||Road Distance (km/miles)||Hours by Plane|
|Adelaide – Sydney||1412/877||1.83 hours|
|Brisbane – Sydney||917/570||1.5 hours|
|Canberra – Sydney||286/177||0.5 hours|
|Cairns – Sydney||2421/1504||3 hours|
|Darwin – Sydney||4210/2610||4.25 hours|
|Hobart – Sydney||1589/985||1.75 hours|
|Melbourne – Sydney||879/546||1.5 hours|
|Perth – Sydney||4054/2513||4 hours|
How to get to ICC Sydney?
International Convention Center (ICC), Sydney is located approximately 12km away from the Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. It is easily accessible by both public transport and taxis; however, the easiest public transport will be via the train.
T8 Airport & South Line: Sydney International/Domestic Airport Station -> Museum Station
|Route||First Bus (GMT +10)||Last Bus (GMT +10)|
|Sydney International Airport -> Museum Station||04:22 AM||11:57 PM
12:57 AM (Friday)
|Sydney Domestic Airport -> Museum Station||04:24 AM||11:59 PM
12:59 AM (Friday)
|Sydney International Airport -> Museum Station||04:42 AM||11:42 PM
12:27 AM (Saturday)
|Sydney Domestic Airport -> Museum Station||04:44 AM||11:44 PM
12:29 AM (Saturday)
|Mode of Ticket Payment/Purchase||Approximate Cost for 1x Adult Ticket|
|Contactless Card*/OPAL Card||AUD $18.39|
|Single Trip Ticket purchase from machine||AUD $20.60|
*Contactless card includes American Express, Mastercard or Visa credit or debit card.
Useful Apps You Need to Have While You’re in Sydney!
1. Opal Travel
Opal Travel is New South Wales only official Transport app which help you to manage your travel across the Opal Network in Sydney and surrounds. With Opal app, you can:
- view your Opal or contactless card travel history.
- set Opal card auto top ups.
- plan your travel.
- check travel alerts.
2. Taxi Services
Sydney is served by numerous taxi companies and there are many ways you can get a taxi either through street hailing or booking via applications such as 13cabs and GoCatch
13cabs app is free to download for all and can be found in both Apple’s App Store and Google Play Store!
3. Ride Sharing
Most major ridesharing platforms operate in Sydney, including Uber, Ola and DiDi, as well as local operator GoCatch.
Tip for female travellers – you can also book a ride with Shebah, a rideshare service with all-women drivers catering to women.
(PS: Adult men can use the service if they need to transport a child who requires an approved child safety seat.)
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Regulations in New South Wales, Sydney
Travellers arriving in NSW are not required to test for COVID-19 before departure or after arrival.
Masks are not mandatory in airports, cruise terminals or on public transport in NSW, however, may be required for international flights.
There are no restrictions on interstate travel to NSW. Click here to learn more about regulations in NSW.