A Regional Guide to Depositions in Oceania (Updated 2018)

Here are Optima Juris we are pros at scheduling depositions in Oceania.  In our 18 years of organizing depositions outside the U.S., we have compiled a wealth of essential details, insider information, and first-hand tips.   Take a look at our regional guide for practical advice on what to expect when dealing with depositions in Oceania.

Oceania Countries

American Samoa
Australia
Cook Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Fiji
French Polynesia
Guam
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Nauru
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Niue
Norfolk Island
Northern Mariana Islands
Palau
Papua New Guinea
Pitcairn Islands
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tokelau
Tonga
Total
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Wallis and Futuna

Oceania Parties to the Hague Evidence Convention

Australia

Full List of the Hague Evidence Convention Parties

Countries That Require Visas

If a visa is required, obtain it from the appropriate foreign consular representative before proceeding abroad. Allow sufficient time for processing your visa application especially if you are applying by mail. Most foreign consular representatives are located in principal cities and in many instances a traveler may be required to obtain visas from the consular office in the area of his/her residence.
Oceania Countries Requiring Visas:

Australia
Nauru
Papua New Guinea*
* You may be able to obtain a visa at the point of entrance to these countries. Please be sure to double check before traveling.

Foreign Consular Offices in the United States

Visa Requirements for U.S. Citizens

Tips & Advice

Time Difference

If you are in Oceania you are already a full day ahead of the U.S.  And if you are in the U.S. then you are already a day behind!  The time difference can be confusing and no one wants a call at 2  a.m.!
Always check what time it is first before contacting someone who is abroad: http://www.timeanddate.com/

Exchanging money

Compare exchange rates at a number of booths if possible, but don’t waste time and money traipsing across town to save ten dollars. Banks and booths typically give much better rates than hotels or other businesses. It’s wise to exchange money at a licensed foreign exchange location – while you may get a better rate on the street, you may get burned by a scam or wind up with obsolete or fraudulent notes – weigh up the pros and cons.

Ask your hotel for a list of safety cell numbers & email

There should be a main contact and a backup contact whom you can contact in the country you’re visiting. Get a cell number and email. Getting a contact number of someone in the USA is ok, but keep in mind most of Oceania is on the other side of the clock time-difference wise.

Carry some cash

While credit cards are accepted throughout the Oceania region, cash is still king when you are absolutely in a bind. While we aren’t saying to be a walking ATM, do have several hundred dollars on you just in case.

Get your paper work straight

Do make sure everyone has a passport (more family members means more chances someone is missing something). Do make sure everyone has a visa if applicable. Do check the embassy rules as they are constantly updated. Also, see what items are included in your travel package (insurance, tipping, forms, etc).

Be a smart traveler

Before heading overseas:

  • Organize comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy
  • Register your travel and contact details, so someone can contact you in an emergency

Tipping Rules

Tipping is not usually expected and some employees may not understand the gesture. Some employees are forbidden from accepting gratuities (this is mainly in positions of authority e.g. in a casino one cannot tip the dealer or a security guard; however, this would not apply in a formal restaurant situation) and tipping face-to-face can create an awkward situation. However, it is appropriate to add a tip to restaurant bills if the service has been especially good.

It is also acceptable to suggest that taxi drivers or waiters “keep the change”, especially if the difference is small. Tips may be as large or as small as you feel appropriate, though obviously, a particularly small amount is also considered derogatory and extremely rude. Implications that tipping is expected are considered very rude. Where tip jars are provided, they are mostly used for loose change or coins.

Useful Links

Hotels

Lonely Planet Oceania Hotel Search

CIA

CIA Factbook Page

U.S. Embassy

United State Embassies Around the World

Electrical Requirements

Detailed List on Voltage Requirements

Holidays & Observances

Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays around the world here.
To see more useful practical information and advice on depositions in Oceania please visit: http://optimajuris.com/info-center/regional-guides-oceania.shtml

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