Before you go
Is your passport valid?
Your passport needs to be valid with a minimum of 6 months remaining from your return date back into Australia. Make sure you check the expiry date well before you depart as it can be a lengthy process to have it renewed.
Will you need a visa?
Your holiday could come to a quick end if you’re not prepared, so make sure you’ve done your research and have applied for the visa you need. Some countries may also have other international entry or exit requirements that you need to be aware of.
When you’re heading overseas, make sure you have Travel Insurance. If something unexpected happens it’s reassuring to know you’ll have help with the potentially costly expenses.
Register with Smart Traveller
It’s a good idea to register your travel plans with Smartraveller before you head off. This will make it easier to contact or find you in an emergency. It’s also a good way to keep updated with important travel advice, weather warnings and other relevant information for travellers.
Vaccinations or Immunisations
If you’re heading to a new destination it’s important to find out if you need any vaccinations or boosters before you leave. You might need to provide proof of vaccination for certain diseases in some areas, so make sure you discuss your travel plans with a heath professional before you leave.
Local laws and customs
Every country you visit will have different rules, customs and cultures. Make sure you do your research before you go. Here are a few things to consider:
- Some countries have conservative standards of dress and behaviour. These must be considered to ensure you don’t offend.
- In some countries it can be illegal to buy, sell and wear camouflage-style clothing.
- Although the penalties and fines may seem harsh, local drug and alcohol laws do apply to you.
- Preaching and importing religious material can be illegal in some countries.
- Some areas may prohibit photography.
- If you require prescription medicine, find out if it is legal in the countries you’re visiting and carry a note from your doctor and leave it in its original packaging so it’s easily identified.