We have hit a snag for our trip to Sydney that was supposed to happen in a few weeks...my ETA was approved but my husband's was rejected...yes, he should have applied earlier...so since there is no way we can stay in Sydney we are now looking to go to New Zealand ASAP after we land in Sydney. I would like to contact Customs and Immigration in Australia directly but I'm not sure if they can help to answer my questions (and I can't find a number)...so here we go.
We are arriving on ANA to the International Terminal in SYD @ 0930 in the morning. My understanding is that as Canadians we can transit through Sydney without a visa within 8 hours of arrival as long as we stay in the airport transit lounge and have a ticket to an onward destination (pulled that info right from the Australian gov website).
Now, since I already have my ETA approved, I can legally leave the transit lounge and claim our luggage (both bags will be checked under my name when we leave Canada) and check them in at a counter for our outbound flight. I am hoping to book flights on Air New Zealand so we will be departing out of T1. Since almost every airline in the world allows you to check in online now (and use mobile boarding passes), we were going to check in online during our layover in Tokyo, this way my husband will get his boarding pass and can remain in the transit lounge.
Does this plan sound like it will work? I am planning to call the Canadian office in Ottawa tomorrow just to confirm that this will work and that we won't get turned away, but if someone has any insight to this type of scenario it would be greatly appreciated! Worst case scenario, we get our tickets refunded and try again next year, but we got a great deal on the tickets to Sydney so we would like to use them now if we can.
Thanks in advance!