Before you go
- Read our travel advice. We’ll tell you the key risks and advise you how to stay safe.
- Subscribe to our travel advice and we’ll update you when things change. Also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- Familiarise yourself with COVID-19 entry and exit restrictions in Australia and in your destination. Have contingencies in place in the event your travel is impacted by border closures, curfews or movement restrictions.
- Confirm your passport is valid for at least 6 months from when you think your trip will end.
- Get the right visa for countries you’re visiting or transiting through. Smartraveller can’t help you with visas. Visa conditions change regularly so check the Embassy of the destinations you’ll visit before every trip.
- Get comprehensive travel insurance to cover you and your belongings. Check the fine print - get insurance that’s right for you and covers your activities in the places you’ll go. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel.
- Consider your physical and mental health. Get advice from your doctor if you’re unsure.
- Have a health check-up and get vaccinated. See your doctor or travel clinic 8 weeks before you go for a basic health check and to get vaccinations needed for the places you’ll go.
- Check if your medication is legal and available in the places you’re going. Take enough of your prescribed medicines to last the whole trip. Carry copies of your prescription and a letter from your doctor.
- Check if extra documents are needed if you’re travelling with children.
- Tell your bank you’re travelling and check if your cards will work. Have several payment options. Check how much local and foreign currency you can bring into your destination.
- If you’ll drive overseas check out the local traffic laws and practices. You’re likely to need an International Driving Permit (IDP) as well as your Australian driver’s licence.
- Research the local laws of the countries you plan to visit. If you're a dual national, check if this will have any implications for your trip.
- Share your itinerary with friends or family members. Give them copies of your passport and visa. Share copies of key documents such as prescriptions, your insurance policy and documents for travelling with children.
- Know what to do if there’s a crisis where you are overseas.
- Keep a list of contacts in case you need assistance
- Read our COVID-19 information for Australian travellers
- See what each advice level means in travel advisories
- See our advice on how to take care of your health.
- Learn about staying safe and avoiding danger.
- Read about staying within the law, so you can avoid being arrested or jailed.
- See our advice for the activities you plan to do.
- Know more about getting around in your destination
- Download the checklist to ensure you are ready for your travels
- Read the Consular Service Charter to understand how we can help Australians overseas.
- Read COVID-19 information for international travellers (Department of Health)
- Learn about Australian border restrictions (Department of Home Affairs)
- Find your destination's embassy or consulate in Australia for visa information.
- Learn about International Driving Permits (IDPs).
- Visit Scamwatch (ACCC) to learn how to recognise, avoid and report scams.
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The better prepared you are, the safer and more enjoyable your travel will be.