BEFORE YOU TRAVEL:
Please register your travel details along with emergency contacts with DFAT via http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ ensuring family or friends are reachable if needed. Also subscribe up-to-date with the latest Government travel recommendations for your travel destination.
COVER YOURSELF WITH TRAVEL INSURANCE:
You should make sure your travel insurance covers all medical expenses for injuries or illness, as well as theft of valuables, damage to baggage and cancellations or interruptions to flight plans. Medical costs overseas can be in the tens of thousands of dollars and many people have been burdened financially in paying these costs when things go wrong.
ORGANISE YOUR PASSPORTS AND VISAS:
All Australian citizens must have a valid passport before leaving Australia and maintain a valid passport while overseas. All children travelling overseas, including new born infants, must have their own passport. Make sure YOUR PASSPORT HAS AT LEAST SIX MONTHS VALIDITY from your planned date of return. Carry extra passport photos just in case your passport is lost or stolen and you need to replace it while you’re away.
BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS:
Try to book your flights with short connecting time to avoid spending long periods at the airport as you may get tired and need to spend money for drinks and food, which at the airport can be expensive. If your flights connecting time is over 6 hours, make sure you check with the airlines if they provide free accommodation or lounge. Also try NOT to book your flights with multi stops as these will make your flights experience longer and more exhausting. For over 12 hour non-stop flights the best way to enjoy your trip is to stopover either inbound or outbound or both.
BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION:
It’s recommended that you book your accommodation prior to arrival, especially if you’re due to arrive at your destination late at night.
COPY YOUR DOCUMENTS:
Make a photocopy of the following documents and leave one copy at home with your family or a friend and scan that to your personal email.
• Itinerary and tickets
• Travellers cheques and credit card numbers
• Driver’s licence or international driving permit
• Travel insurance policy.
ORGANISE YOUR TRAVEL MONEY BEFORE YOU GO:
• Organise a variety of ways of accessing your money overseas, such as debit and credit cards, traveller’s cheques and cash
• Register with your bank the period you expect to be travelling
• Check with your bank whether your ATM card will work overseas.
There is no limit to the amount of currency you can bring in or take out of Australia. However, you must declare amounts of $10,000 or more in Australian currency or foreign equivalent.
If you receive a pension or government payments, you should contact Centrelink at least six weeks before you leave Australia to confirm how any short-term absence from Australia may affect your payment.
Make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic checkup at least six to eight weeks before you depart and find out if any vaccinations or health checks are required for your destination. Remember that some vaccines require a long period to take effect and more than one dose may be needed.
Thank you for reading, wish you have fantastic holiday!
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