Saturday, January 30, 2010

Travel Dates Set

I've got my tickets ordered, am waiting on word about my new flat, and am chipping away at all the preparations for my move. As you can see from the timers on the right, I will be leaving the country less than a week before Leo returns from Nigeria. Poor timing is right! Still, I have a couple of big activities to prepare for in PNG, so I really can't afford to miss this travel "window".

Here is my flight info:

Fri 19 Feb 1014:45Houston (Bush Inter)16:00Dallas Fort Worth1.25 hrs
Fri 19 Feb 1020:25Dallas Fort Worth21:45Los Angeles3.20 hrs
Fri 19 Feb 1023:50Los Angeles07:45 (Sun)Brisbane14 hrs
Fri 30 Apr 1011:05Brisbane07:00Los Angeles13 hrs
Fri 30 Apr 1009:45Los Angeles14:45Dallas Fort Worth3 hrs
Fri 30 Apr 1017:10Dallas Fort Worth18:20Houston (Bush Inter)1 hr

Now for a list of the additional 'details' I must attend to.

  • Australian ETA form
  • 3 Paper copies of passport
  • Check in online 24 hours before departure
  • Printed boarding passes
  • Copies of education qualifications
  • Company position description (from HR)
  • Copy of contract signed by both employer and employee
  • Resume/CV
  • Letter of reference from previous employer
  • 2 color passport-size photos
  • Work Permit application
  • Completed PNG visa application
  • Name and address of Brisbane hotel
  • Name and address of PNG hotel and/or flat
  • Certificate of good health
    • recent chest x-ray
    • recent HIV test
  • "Statement of your good character from your local police authorities"
  • Shots, vaccinations, malaria medication

So, as you can see, I have my work cut out for me for the next few weeks. Wish me luck as I prepare!


  1. Heather (in SA)2:36 PM

    Heya - Heather here

    What have you got planned - why are you going to Aus that you need such paperwork? Sounds like what we had to go through to do a permanent residence visa application (we're waiting for the yay/nay on it at the moment)!

    Have a wonderful trip :)

  2. Hi Heather, I'm actually just passing through Australia. My final destination is Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, where I will be running a new business venture for anywhere from 3 months (if we can't get it off the ground) to 3 years (if we make a real go of it). Hope you are doing well. Good luck on your application too!