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South Pacific Island Nations Entry Requirements

Norfolk Island: Norfolk Island is now part of Australia. The preferred documentation for entry to Norfolk Island is an Australian Passport, however valid Australian Issue Drivers Licences are also accepted. Departures are from the Brisbane and Sydney International Airports or domestic airports if connecting.

Lord Howe Island: Lord Howe Island is part of New South Wales and is considered a Domestic Departure. You are able to check in for your flight with a valid Australia ID or passport.

Fiji: Australian passport holders visiting Fiji, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 4 months if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months from the departure of your holiday with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of onward/return flights.

Cook Islands: Australian passport holders visiting The Cook Islands, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 31 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months from the departure of your holiday with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of onward/return flights.

Vanuatu: Australian passport holders visiting Vanuatu, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 30 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of on-ward/return flights.

Samoa: Australian passport holders visiting Samoa, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 60 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of on-ward/return flights

Tahiti: Australian passport holders visiting Tahiti, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 3 months if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of on-ward/return flights.

Niue: Australian passport holders visiting Niue, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 30 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of on-ward/return flights.

Solomon Islands: Australian passport holders visiting The Solomon Islands, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 90 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of onward/return flights.

Tonga: Australian passport holders visiting Tonga, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 30 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of on-ward/return flights.

New Caledonia: Australian passport holders visiting New Caledonia, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 90 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of onward/return flights.

Pitcairn Island: Australian passport holders visiting Pitcairn Island, travelling as a tourist, are not required to obtain a visa for stays less than 90 days if on arrival you have: 1) A passport valid for at least six months on entry with two blank pages, 2) Hold proof of sufficient funds for your holiday & 3) Hold proof of onward/return flights.

This information is provided as a guide only for Australian Passport Holders. For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au or www.smarttraveller.gov.au. It is the responsibility of the passport holder to ensure they have the correct and valid documentation to holiday in their desired destination.

Updated: 2019
Wave Hospitality Group T/a Spacifica Travel
Level 1 / 345 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4000, GPO Box 1973, Brisbane, Qld, 4001 Ph. 07 3337 8515 Fax. 07 3221 7899 Email: res@spacificatravel.com Travel License TAG 1626; ABN 61 087 521 355; IATA 0235948 6 and TCF 4/7358.

Spacifica Travel Conditions

The following conditions should be read carefully as they incorporate the basis upon which bookings are undertaken. By paying a deposit we understand that you have read and accept these conditions. These are the current terms and conditions and replace any other terms or conditions previously published. Spacifica Travel act in good faith however terms and conditions may change within the validity period. For the most current up to date versions agents and passengers should refer to our website at www.spacificatravel.com

1. How to Make a Booking: Call one of our specialist consultants who will assist you in making a reservation. Please note that all reservations are subject to availability at the time of booking. All verbal quotes are accurate at time of quoting and are subject to change until a booking is paid in full.

2. General Conditions: Spacifica Travel act as an agent only for the airline, accommodation, tour and transportation companies providing services. Some events are beyond our control and we accept no liability caused directly or indirectly by such, including, but not limited to: war, terrorism, civil disturbance, fire, floods, acts of God, and acts of Government or of any other authorities, accident to or failure of machinery or equipment or industrial action. Additionally, we make no representation as to the safety or conditions that any destination offers. Whilst acting in good faith we are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by suppliers involved in your travel booking, some of which limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage to baggage. We do not accept responsibility for injury, inconvenience, loss, damages, and delay to per-sons or property, or for related expenses on the part of employees, agents or individuals providing travel service. Furthermore we do not accept responsibility for any loss, damage, delay, injury, and inconvenience or for any related expense for any omission, error or any misleading statement or information contained in this brochure. The issuance and acceptance of any tickets, service vouchers or exchange orders is deemed as passenger consent to these conditions. It may be necessary for airline/port/government agencies to search you and/or your luggage and goods. Airline operators reserve the right to deny boarding or to disembark any person in possession of illicit substances. When passengers themselves make own arrangements for portions of their holiday in conjunction with an Spacifica Travel, they should ensure the chosen means of transport is scheduled to adequately connect with Spacifica Travel arrangements, and that we are made aware at the time of the reservation. We will not be held responsible for any unforeseen circumstances that necessitate any changes to your travel arrangements. Passengers with disabilities or requiring assistance should advise us at the time of reservation. Most suppliers have certain facilities available for people with disabilities or who require assistance. Please ask for details of such facilities if you have any special needs.

3. Travel Documents, Visas and Health: When required, each passenger must possess a passport with at least 6 months validity beyond the date of return, and be familiar with visa requirements, taking responsibility for obtaining all entry, exit, re-entry, health and other documents required by laws, regulations, orders, demands or requirements of the countries visited or transited. We cannot accept responsibility for failure to have correct travel information. Travel advice can be obtained from various sources, including local government, local consular offices and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website: https://smartraveller.gov.au. Passengers should also be familiar with health requirements and the DFAT website also has a section on Travel Health or passengers can seek advice from their doctor.

4.1 Payments by Direct Deposits or Electronic Funds Transfer: Payments to Wave Hospitality Group Pty Ltd Client Funds Trust Account; Commonwealth Bank; BSB 064-000 A/C NO. 14354996. Cleared funds are required for ticketing, please factor in an extra 3 working days for transfers between banking systems.

4.2 Payments by Credit Card: The prices shown on flyers, brochures and website are for payments by cash. Addition-al Credit Card Service Fees will be applied to the dollar amount paid by credit or charge card. Our scale of these fees will be: Visa and MasterCard 1.5%; American Express and Diners Card 3%. Fees apply to the total invoiced amount and added to the booking at time of payment.

4.3 Payments by Cheque: Payments made via cheque may only be xxx if Payments to Wave Hospitality Group Pty Ltd Client Funds Trust Account, Please post to Spacifica Travel, GPO Box 1973, Brisbane, Qld, 4001.

Wave Hospitality Group T/a Spacifica Travel
Level 1 / 345 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4000, GPO Box 1973, Brisbane, Qld, 4001 Ph. 07 3337 8515 Fax. 07 3221 7899 Email: res@spacificatravel.com Travel License TAG 1626; ABN 61 087 521 355; IATA 0235948 6 and TCF 4/7358.
 
 Cleared funds are required for ticketing, please factor in an extra 7 working days for transfers between banking system. Please note deposits which include payment of air-fares cannot be paid by cheque.

4.4 Payments by Cash: Payment can be made in cash at our Head Office - 1/345 Ann Street, Brisbane between 10am – 4.00pm after a confirmed meeting is arranged.

5. Prices: Any quote is an estimate only of price, which will be subject to availability at the time of booking. All verbal / written quotes are accurate at time of quoting and are subject to change until a booking is paid in full. Prices do not include meals, airport transfers, and sightseeing tours unless otherwise stated. They also exclude personal expenditure such as insurance, laundry, telephone calls, emergency evacuation costs, drinks, excess baggage, passport, visa fees, gratuities, and travel costs in Australia to the point of international departure.
stated. Special offers are released frequently but may change without notice please ask for the latest special flyers or visit our website at www.spacificatravel.com

6. Price Validity: In published flyers or brochures validity dates may vary from brochure to brochure - if in doubt please check that the brochure you are planning from is current. All prices quoted are in Australian dollars, based on foreign currency tariffs and taxes published as at the quote issue date. If foreign currency rates were to fluctuate, then a re-costing may be necessary. Prices are valid for travel as specified and are indicative only based on per person per night assuming twin share unless otherwise stated. Special offers are released frequently but may change without notice please ask for the latest special flyers or visit our website at www.spacificatravel.com

7. Deposit for Packaged Holidays: For bookings made more than 60 days before departure or 90 days for Tahiti, a deposit of $200 per person as well as any applicable airfare is required within 3 days of written confirmation. For bookings within 60 days of departure or 90 days for Tahiti, full payment is required before confirmation of booking can be given. We also reserve the right to pass on the specific deposit requirement from suppliers both land and air. If for any reason the deposit is not received by the due date we reserve the right to cancel the booking as hotels, resorts and suppliers may impose strict deposit and booking terms. A deposit holds services requested but does not guarantee prices. Deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

8. Balance Of Payment For Packaged Holidays: The final balance of payment will be confirmed at the time of booking however in general the balance of payment is due 60 days prior to departure, or 90 days for Tahiti. If for any rea-son the balance of monies is not received by the due date, we reserve the right to cancel the booking and apply the deposit against cancellation fees and other charges incurred on the passenger's behalf.

9. Amendment and Re-issue Fees: A fee of $50 per person is payable for changes made after a booking has been con-firmed and will apply once a deposit is paid, as well as any re-issue or amendment charges applied by airlines or suppliers. Re-issue means altering an existing booking, not a transfer to another package wherein cancellation fees may apply (Refer 11).

10. Cancellations Packaged Holidays: Cancellation requests must be received in writing by post or email to sales@spacificatravel.com during business hours. Your cancellation request will be acknowledged however please note we apply reasonable professional service fees, plus any charge levied by suppliers, which can be up to 100% depending on each supplier's rules. For cancellations made after a deposit is made on file, a full loss of deposit will be incurred. Once final payment has been made, a cancellation fee of $300 per person will apply plus any fees levied by airlines and suppliers.

11. Cancellations and Changes Made by Suppliers: If a Third Party Travel Provider changes any part of your booking for reasons beyond its control, for example, if a Third Party Travel Provider changes its schedules, overbooks, or if there are any changes in applicable surcharges, fees or taxes, we will use our reasonable endeavours to notify you. If any such changes result in your Travel Product costing more or otherwise being materially different, then you may cancel the Travel Product and we will refund any monies already paid less any fees charged by us under these terms and conditions (refer 10.1) and by the Third Party Travel Providers under the terms and conditions you agreed with them.
Wave Hospitality Group T/a Spacifica Travel
Level 1 / 345 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4000, GPO Box 1973, Brisbane, Qld, 4001 Ph. 07 3337 8515 Fax. 07 3221 7899 Email: res@spacificatravel.com Travel License TAG 1626; ABN 61 087 521 355; IATA 0235948 6 and TCF 4/7358.

12. Refunds: Once the reservation we have booked for you commences, no refunds can be made for any unused services whether by choice or circumstance.

13. Passenger Names and Contacts: Spacifica Travel require the following details for booking: full name and gender as appears in passport, date of birth, passport number, place of issue and expiry date and a telephone number or address where passengers can be reached if necessary within 24 hrs prior to departure. It is the passenger's responsibility that these details are recorded correctly. Name changes after a booking will incur amendment fees and may also mean having to cancel the original booking and the resultant loss of the airline seat/s. Any request for name or initial changes after documents have been issued has the same risks and also attracts ticket re-issue charges. All groups must provide a rooming list with above details at time of payment of final monies.

14. Airlines: In addition to these booking conditions Airlines also provide additional detailed travel conditions with their paper or e-tickets. Spacifica Travel will base our costs and invoices on airfare classes as per the quote provided.

15. Baggage: Please check baggage allowances applied by airlines, cruise companies and coach operators prior to travel. Baggage allowances vary depending on the airline and destination.

16. Taxes and Levies: Legislation requires us to collect from you the taxes and levies controlled by the airline, government or airport authorities. These costs may change without notice at any time up until departure. Full payment of your holiday does not exempt you from implementation of additional charges outside of our control. We will offer advice in this regard, but regret we do not control, nor will we be held responsible for any government's taxes, levies and airport charges. All Australian and foreign country departure taxes that are payable prior to departure will be shown on your airline ticket. Some countries charge departure tax upon departure and some airports charge a small Airport Improvement fee which must be paid at that airport on departure.

17. Privacy Laws: The client acknowledges that he/she will provide us from time to time with information about the client of a personal nature (“Personal Information”). The client consents to us using any personal information for the purposes of making and completing airline bookings and travel related arrangements on behalf of the client. Spacifica Travel will only discuss booking information with travelling passengers directly and not with any third party.

18. Travel Insurance: It is a condition of sale of our holidays that passengers are offered their choice of adequate travel insurance for their protection. Some island destinations can be subject to aircraft diversions in extreme weather conditions or other circumstances, which can cause major disruption to schedules. Passengers electing not to take Travel Insurance need to advise us of this and accept responsibility for their own costs or losses sustained in the event the travel arrangements are disrupted. Note that in many cases, cancellation costs may be claimed against your insurance.

19. Website and Brochure: The product descriptions, maps and images of accommodation and services in our current Website and Brochures are based on information provided by tourist offices, hotels and suppliers, and are not the opinion of Spacifica Travel. The facilities are subject to change at any time and we do not guarantee the standard, class, or fitness for purpose of that accommodation or service. Maps are shown for general information and may not reflect actual locations or services provided. Images show geographic areas, but are not necessarily included in the holiday. Hotel room images are representative only; actual rooms occupied may vary in décor and inclusions.

21. Not Happy?: If you are dissatisfied with an aspect of your holiday it is vital that you advise the supplier’s duty manager (not just reception or tour guide) of your dissatisfaction and they will try to solve the problem for you on the spot. If you are unable to get satisfaction from management you should immediately notify Spacifica Travel, preferably in writing, stating your reasons, and we will act immediately to assist you. Upon return, any complaint should be put in writing to Spacifica Travel within 10 days together with supporting documentation. Our Norfolk Island clients should contact 54400 whilst on the island for immediate assistance.

Wave Hospitality Group T/a Spacifica Travel
Level 1 / 345 Ann Street, Brisbane, 4000, GPO Box 1973, Brisbane, Qld, 4001 Ph. 07 3337 8515 Fax. 07 3221 7899 Email: res@spacificatravel.com Travel License TAG 1626; ABN 61 087 521 355; IATA 0235948 6 and TCF 4/7358.
 

Norfolk Island vs Lord Howe Island

An Island Holiday Comparison

Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island are both popular holiday destinations for Australians looking for a quick island getaway. They both tick many of the boxes – short flight time, no passport, stunning scenery, fresh air and a laid-back vibe – making it difficult to pick which destination to explore first.

In this article, we’ve outlined some of the key differences between the two islands, providing a comparison to help you decide where to travel on your next island escape.

Getting Around:

Being a pristine world heritage site, Lord Howe Island is all about walking and pedal power. Bicycles are the preferred method of transport, and car hire options are quite limited. Norfolk Island on the other hand, has very hilly terrain and if you want to explore all corners of the Island, you’ll definitely need to consider car hire.

Culture & History:

After being settled in 1788, Norfolk Island was used as a convict settlement until 1855, with a brief period of abandonment from 1814 to 1825. After Pitcairn Island became overpopulated, their population consisting of ancestors to the mutineers of HMS Bounty, relocated to Norfolk Island in 1856, shortly after the last convicts left the island. This rich history means that there are plenty of museums and historical sites to visit during your stay on Norfolk.

Lord Howe Island was also discovered in 1788 and from the 1790s to the 1870s, it was a major whaling station for British and American whaling vessels, who populated the island with cattle. In the early 1830s, Lord Howe Island was settled and by this time, many of the native birds had been hunted to extinction. Tourism slowly became Lord Howe Island’s major industry, and by 1974, an airstrip was placed on the island, boosting travel to the island.

Beaches:

Of course, the part you want to know most about: What are the beaches like? Fortunately, Norfolk and Lord Howe both offer some of the most amazing, pristine waters in the world. Norfolk Island is perfect for those who want to explore and find their own way. There are hidden coves, beaches and troves of nature everywhere you turn, with beaches for those seeking both adventure and relaxation. Among our favourites are Emily Bay and the secluded Anson Bay, both spectacular beaches suited to families and surfers, respectively.

Lord Howe Island also hosts a range of beautiful white sand beaches. We recommend Neds Beach for families and barbeques, as its calm waters host a beautiful array of different fish to feed, including Mullet, Kingfish, Emperor and Silver-Drummers. Blinky Beach is every surfer’s and kite-surfer’s dream and locals have dubbed the experience “Champagne Surf”. Or head to North Bay, a secluded beach accessible only by foot or water, where you can watch migratory seabirds and find dome amazing snorkelling exploring the wreck of the “Favourite”.

World Heritage Listing:

Norfolk Island plays host to the Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area, a relic of Norfolk Island’s rich history as a penal colony, and also where the original settlers, mutineers from HMS Bounty lived after re-locating from Pitcairn Island in 1856. On this heritage site, there’s a plethora of leftover facilities from when convicts lived on the island, including the Norfolk Island Gaol.

The entirety of Lord Howe Island and its surrounding areas, including Balls Pyramid, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Due to this status, and in an attempt to maintain their rich array of flora and fauna, only 400 tourists are allowed on the island at any given time. 

Local Industry:

Norfolk Island has a lot of small businesses on the island, and you’ll definitely want to bring back some of their amazing liqueurs, honeys and cheeses once you’ve tried them. We recommend a visit to the Sunday morning markets located near the visitor centre to discover all of Norfolk’s amazing produce.  

Due to Lord Howe Island being a world heritage site, there’s not much that can be grown at a sustainable level. As such, while you’ll still be treated to amazing wining and dining everywhere you go, the majority of the food that you consume is actually flown in from New South Wales.

Getting There:

Norfolk Island is relatively easy to get to, with commercial jets departing Australia from the international terminal in Brisbane and Sydney. No passport is required when travelling direct from Australia, however, it is easier to be processed through customs if you do have one. Lord Howe Island is a domestic flight only but is a bit trickier to get to, and large parties should plan well in advance as flights are not as regular as those to Norfolk, and you’ll be flying in a small Dash-8 airplane. Similarly, Lord Howe Island has a maximum tourist population of 400 at any one time, so early bookings are essential.

Book Your Island Escape:

Check out our current package deals for Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island, inclusive of airfares and accommodation, and give us a call on 1800 800 722 if you’ve got any questions about the two islands or want help deciding which one best suits your interests and requirements.

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