Australian visa-free travel hoax exposed
No changes to immigration laws planned.
A hoax news site claiming Australia will soon be implementing visa-free arrangements for citizens of countries such as Fiji and the Philippines has been discredited by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
The hoax stories allege Australia entered into visa waiver agreements with Fiji, Oman, Pakistan and the Philippines, with visa-free travel set to commence from January 2017.
In a statement shared on the DIBP website, international visitors were reminded Australia maintains a universal non-discriminatory visa regime and all non-citizens seeking entry must obtain a valid visa.
Visas for travellers to Australia include visitor visas, electronic travel authority visas, eVisitor visas, transit and bridging visas, working holiday visas, investor retirement visas and study, training or research visas.
There has been no change to Australia's visa arrangements and travellers are advised to continue to check the department's website for the latest information on immigration.
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