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Australian passport holders enjoy simplified travel procedures when travelling to the European Union and also benefit from a wide range of educational opportunities available to them. If you hold an Australian passport, you will not require a visa to enter the EU as long as your stay is no longer than 90 days within any 180 day period.
The Schengen Area is one of the greatest achievements of the EU. It is an area without internal borders, an area within which citizens, many non-EU nationals, business people and tourists can freely circulate without being subjected to border checks. Since 1985, it has gradually grown and encompasses today almost all EU States and a few associated non-EU countries.
In case of a crisis, you should try to obtain as much information as possible about the development of the crisis through Australian news broadcasts. You should be aware of any particular instructions or advice issued by your Embassy. In the case of certain EU Member States' Embassies, this may be found on the Embassy's website.
The EU and Australia have a vibrant, longstanding relationship in the field of education guided by the 1997 Declaration of Intent covering joint mobility projects and study, as well as policy dialogues amongst other activities. This was reinforced with the 2007 Joint Declaration.