Keep all your documents in your carry-on or hand baggage luggage. Ensure that you have made copies of your original documents. Leave the copies with family which can be sent to you later just in case you lose the originals.
You should bring a small amount of cash with you just in case your credit or debit card has any issues when you arrive in Sydney.
When you arrive at the airport, you will see foreign currency exchanges at the airport so that you can exchange cash. You will also see multiple ATMs so that you can withdraw Australian dollars. If you have a bank card or debit card that can be used around the world, then you can keep your funds in your bank account at home and just withdraw the cash you need from ATMs.
After you have set up your Australian bank account, you can transfer your funds from overseas. You can also use a credit card (with PIN) or use a travellers’ cheque.
When you first arrive, we recommend that you have around AUD$2,000 available so that you can cover your initial accommodation and living costs for the first couple of weeks.
When you are bringing your mobile phone to Australia, ensure that it is unlocked and not restricted to your home country or network. You can purchase a SIM card when you arrive in Sydney. SIM cards are easy to access as they are available at the airport, supermarket, post office, petrol stations and mobile phone stores. You can either purchase a prepaid SIM card or sign a contract to pay monthly.
If you are bringing a new laptop (purchased within the last 12 months), we would recommend that you have your receipt or another proof of purchase to avoid any potential import duties payment. You can also purchase laptops in Australia by visiting a vendor’s website. Keep in mind though that you are able to access computers, printers and the internet while studying at SIBT.
Your baggage allowance will depend on the airline that you are flying with. It will also depend on your class of travel i.e. economy, premium economy, business or first class. We recommend speaking with your airline so that you know the weight limits for your luggage.
If you arrive in a different city in Australia before you head on over to Sydney, make sure you check the domestic airline’s weight limits. It may be different to the international weight limits.