International travel checklist

This checklist will help guide your travel preparations, and covers all three phases of your travel: before you go, while you're away and coming home. The better prepared you are, the more enjoyable your travel will be.

Before you go


Register your travel plans and contact details online or at the local Australian embassy, high commission or consulate once you arrive so we can contact you in case of an emergency.


Check the latest travel advice for your destination and subscribe to receive free e-mail notification each time the travel advice for your destination is updated.


Take out comprehensive travel insurance and ensure it covers you for the places you plan to visit and the things you plan to do.


Check that your passport has at least six months' validity from your planned date of return to Australia. For more information on passports, visit the Australian Passport Office website.

Dual nationality

Are you considered a national of any the countries you intend to visit? Dual nationality may have implications for your travel. Find out from the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country you plan to visit.


Find out early what the visa requirements are for your destinations by contacting the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of the countries you plan to visit.

Personal and travel documents

Leave a copy of your passport, itinerary and tickets, visas and insurance policy with your family or a friend and take a copy with you.

Travel health

See a doctor at least 6-8 weeks before you leave to discuss travel health issues and to allow time for any recommended vaccinations.


Check that your medications are legal at your destinations by contacting the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of the countries you plan to visit. Consider carrying a letter from your doctor detailing what your medicine is, and that it is for personal use.


Organise a variety of ways of accessing money overseas, such as debit and credit cards, travellers' cheques and cash in easily convertible currencies.

While you're away

Keep in touch

Arrange options for staying in touch with family and friends while overseas, and give them an indication of how often they will hear from you.

The law

Always obey the laws of the country or countries you are visiting, even if they are different from those in Australia. Some Australian criminal laws may apply to Australians overseas.


Don't use, carry or get involved with drugs overseas. Consular assistance cannot override local law, and in some countries the death penalty or life imprisonment is imposed for drug offences.

Local customs

Respect local cultures and customs, dress appropriately and always ask permission before taking photos of people.

Coming home

Customs and quarantine

Be aware of current quarantine import restrictions to avoid bringing back items of biosecurity concern. Declare certain foods, plant or animal products on your Incoming Passenger Card. For more information, visit and