CNS*2020 Melbourne: Travel and Visa information

Visa Options for Conferences

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided key requirements are met).

There may be different visa options available to you to travel to Australia for the conference.

To explore visa options and get information on the most appropriate visa for you, visit the Department of Home Affairs website and answer a few short questions.


Visa Options

The most common Visa that may be recommended to you for short travel to Australia to attend a conference are;

1. ETA (601)

Eligibility for an eVisitor visa and ETA will be determined by the country of passport that the applicant holds. The ETA is a quick, online, charge free process, but incurs a AUD$20 service provider charge, and/or a further charge if applied for through a travel agency, airline agency or specialist service provider. Further information on the ETA can be found on the website.

2. eVisitor (651)

Eligibility for an eVisitor visa and ETA will be determined by the country of passport that the applicant holds. The eVisitor visa is an online visa process, with a one working day processing time for low risk applications. There is no visa application charge or service fee. Further information on the eVisitor visa, including how to apply online, can be found on the website.

3. Visitor Visa (subclass 600) in the Business Visitor stream

Passport holders who are not eligible to apply for an eVisitor or an ETA should apply for a Visitor Visa (subclass 600) in the Business Visitor Stream.

Further information on the Subclass 600 Visa can be found on the website.

Things to consider before lodging an application

Invitation and registration to attend the event

Although this is a separate process to lodging your visa application, when assessing whether you meet the criteria for the grant of a visa, the department may take into account whether you are registered or were invited to attend the event.

Confirmation of registration, or a copy of your letter of invitation, may be required for some visa applications.

Cut-off date for lodging paper based applications

You should apply for a visa at least two months prior to the intended date of departure, and four months prior if there are any character or health concerns. More information about visa processing times is available on the department’s website.

Travel sanctions

For information on countries subject to travel sanctions, please refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website. Nationals of these countries may not be permitted to travel to and enter Australia.


Getting there

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Qantas is delighted to be the exclusive airline partner for the Computational Neuroscience Conference 2020 being held in Melbourne, Australia. Qantas is offering registered delegates and travel partner’s special discounted airfares which are easily booked online via the dedicated booking portal on your conference registration travel page. When booking, use the allocated code CNS20 to access these airfares. Please note: multiple stopover flights are excluded from this offer.

Qantas is Australia’s largest domestic and international airline and is widely regarded as the world’s leading long distance airline. With a reputation for excellence in safety, operational reliability, and world class customer service; Qantas offers a truly global network proposition for delegates travelling to Melbourne for the Computational Neuroscience Conference in 2020.

Qantas is supporting the CNS*2020 Conference by offering delegates discounted rates up to 10% off. To access this discount, please enter the Access Code CNS20 from the following link

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