Australia's Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) provides a GST tax refund on items bought in Australia. The scheme is designed primarily for tourists but can also be used by Australians when travelling overseas. From a traveller's perspective, it's a clever way to save 10% on purchases over $300, such as new phones, cameras and jewellery. Under the TRS scheme, the GST paid on items … [Read more...]
Visas & Immigration
Visas & Immigration is a popular topic at the Australian Frequent Flyer. When travelling overseas, you certainly need to have a good understanding of immigration procedures, including getting the required visas to the countries you are planning on visiting.
While on the subject of overseas travel, be sure to read our guide on how to fly around the world using the Qantas Oneworld Award.
If you've ever booked a flight that departs the UK, you may have noticed that there's a rather hefty departure tax. The UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) is a departure tax that adds up to £156 ($279) to the cost of your ticket! Luckily there are a few ways to avoid paying the expensive Air Passenger Duty. The exact rate depends on the distance you're travelling from the UK and … [Read more...]
Overseas visitors to China generally require a visa prior to travel. But if you're transiting through China on your way to another country, you may be allowed to stay for up to six days without a visa. China's Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program is available in most major Chinese cities. The rules vary slightly by city, but Australian citizens can stay in many cities for up … [Read more...]
2017 is fast coming to an end! As our members reminisce on the year of travel that was, they're also busy planning their travel adventures for 2018! AFF members are a well-travelled bunch, and they have travel planned to almost every part of the world! Destinations on our members' 2018 travel plans include Singapore, Mongolia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Japan, Brazil, Tanzania, the … [Read more...]
Revered AFF member RooFlyer is off on another adventure. This time, the destination is Iran! While in the region, our member also took the opportunity to briefly visit Athens, Greece. No trip to Athens would be complete without visiting the Acropolis, which dominates the Athens skyline! Our member stayed a total of three nights; enough to see the main sights and get a feel … [Read more...]