Anyone going on a holiday to Australia should ensure that they have all required visas in place before heading to the airport.

Anyone going on a holiday to Australia should ensure that they have all required visas in place before heading to the airport.

This was the advice of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship after one Times reader wrote in to enquire about the requirements for such documents.

He said that since he turned 70 this year, he was required to have medical checks and an x-ray prior to his visa being granted, which he had not been subjected to before.

A spokesperson for the organisation said this is normal after a person reaches this age.

“You will need to undertake a health examination if you are aged 70 years or older, you are known or suspected to have a medical condition or there are indications that you may not meet the health requirement,” he added.

According to Tourist Australia, tourist visas are free unless health checks apply and allow a person to stay in the country for three months.

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