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Passport / Visa

Passport / Visa

Unless you are a New Zealand citizen granted visa exemption on arrival (in most cases), you will need to obtain a visa prior to visiting Australia. Citizens of all European Union countries, as well as Andorra, Norway, Iceland, San Marino, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, and Vatican City are eligible for an eVisitor visa, which can be applied for online. For citizens of the United States, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, South Korea and Malaysia, the Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) entry permit is available, which can be applied for online and grants holders the right to enter Australia an ulimited amount of times for stays of no longer than 3 months per visit. Citizens of all other world countries (with the exception of Somalia) are also able to apply for a visitor visa online. For more information, visit the official website of the Australian government's department of home affairs: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/lega/lega/form/immi-faqs/what-visa-do-i-need-to-visit-australia
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Health and Safety

Health and Safety

When swimming in Broome, pay attention to safety measures against two dangerous kinds of jellyfish, the Irukandji and the Box jellyfish. They can cause severe health problems, and there have been letal cases, although not in Broome. These jellyfish are usually around when the water is hot, during the hot season and in the nearby months: approximately October to May. It is best not to go swimming during this period of time. However, they can be found - more rarely - even during the rest of the year. The best way to protect oneself is to wear a wetsuit. Always read warnings signs at the beach and ask lifeguards when in doubt. Bring vinegar with you when you go swimming, and pour it on the place where you've been stung if it does happen, then head to the hospital immediately. Find more information on the subject at:
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Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

Generally, Broome has two seasons: the dry one, from April/May to September, is the best to visit the area; the wet season is very hot and rainy. Most tourists visit between June and August, when, in addition to warm weather and clear skies, it's possible to admire whales migrating off the Northern shore. To avoid most of the crowds, enjoy great swims and beach life, and admire luxurious vegetation right after the wet season, come in June; April and May are also beautiful months, but they're not suitable for swimming due to the presence of potentially dangerous jellyfish (see "Health and Safety"). September can still be enjoyable, but the weather starts to be quite hot.
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