Top 10 Travel Tips

It is important for all Australians to remember that many problems encountered overseas can be avoided if some simple precautions are taken. Follow our overseas travel tips to be well on your way to having a hassle-free journey.

  1. Check the latest travel advice for your destination at smartraveller.gov.au before you go. Subscribe to receive free email notification each time travel advice is updated.
  2. Take out travel insurance to cover hospital treatment, medical evacuation and any activities, including adventure sports, in which you plan to participate.
  3. Before travelling overseas register your travel and contact details online at smartraveller.gov.au or at the local Australian embassy, high commission or consulate once you arrive so they can contact you in an emergency.
  4. Obey the law of the country you're visiting. Don't expect to be treated differently to the locals just because you're Australian, even where local laws appear harsh or unfair by Australian standards.
  5. Make sure you have the right visas for the countries you are visiting or transiting. And remember: a visa does not guarantee entry.
  6. Make copies of your passport details, insurance policy, travellers' cheques, visas and credit card numbers. Carry one copy in a separate place to the originals and leave a copy with someone at home.
  7. Consult your doctor on any recommended vaccinations and the necessary health precautions to take. Also find out about taking medication overseas - certain medicines aren't allowed in some countries.
  8. Make sure your passport has a minimum six months validity. Carry extra passport photos just in case your passport is lost or stolen and you need to replace it while away.
  9. Keep in contact with friends and family back home and give them a copy of your itinerary so they know where you are.
  10. Check to see if you're regarded as a national of the country you plan to visit, and whether holding dual nationality will have any implications for your travel plans.

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Published on December 12-th, 2008 in Travel Insurance
Damon Rasheed is the CEO of Rate Detective, an Australian financial service comparison sites specialising in Life Insurance, Income Protection Insurance and home loans. Damon holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Melbourne and has been involved in many start-up internet businesses.

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