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Diabetes and an ETA

Old Oct 6th 2002, 2:24 am
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Question Diabetes and an ETA

I'm some weird hybrid of Type-I and Type-II diabetes (long story). Anyway, I still require SOME insulin, depending on what I eat. I was surfing through the Aussie embassy website, and seeing as this will be my first time traveling to Australia, I'm a bit worried.

I meet the country requirement for the ETA, but underneath that in the fine print it says "if you have a current serious medical condition, you may not be eligible for an ETA." I've faxed the embassy to ask if diabetes will make me ineligible (and therefore have to go through the long agonizing process of a paper visa), but they're taking AGES to get back to me, and I need to buy those plane tickets ASAP - they only get more expensive, and I need to have all of my papers before December 20th when I want to fly!

So anyway...anyone know off the fly if a person who's just gonna visit Sydney for two weeks is ineligible for an ETA if she has diabetes? Helllppp!!
 
Old Oct 6th 2002, 4:56 am
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Default Re: Diabetes and an ETA

You can get an ETA no problem (even with diabetes), but you need to have the proper extra health insurance.
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Old Oct 6th 2002, 5:34 am
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Originally posted by dm543:
You can get an ETA no problem (even with diabetes), but you need to have the proper extra health insurance.
thanks for the info! Now I have to get in kahoots with the insurance company...? (eeugghh...)

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Old Oct 6th 2002, 7:22 am
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Default Re: Diabetes and an ETA

The incoming passenger card asks only about tuberculosis. Diabetes is
no worries for getting an ETA.

Health insurance is needed in general when you're travelling, not
specifically because Australia asks for it. It's just that if you
fall ill or have an accident overseas, it can be horrendously
expensive. You will need to mention your diabetes to the insurance
company as a pre-existing condition, but it ought not to cause any
problems. If you do find yourself having insurance problems get in
touch with the British Diabetic Association (or equivalent in whatever
country you live in) who should be able to point you towards insurance
companies that understand the condition.

Jeremy

    >On Sun, 06 Oct 2002 04:56:12 +0000, dm543 wrote:
    >You can get an ETA no problem (even with diabetes), but you need to have
    >the proper extra health insurance.
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Old Oct 6th 2002, 1:38 pm
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Default Re: Diabetes and an ETA

Yeah

I'll confirm the above. I am aware of two acquaintances with Insulin dependent diabetes who both got skilled indep. visas with no problems. TB & +ve HIV/AIDS status (although the latter is not specified specifically - probably because it would be considered discriminatory) are more problematic.

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