Sample for Vacation Checklist

For more detailed information on any of the items listed above, visit
Getting help overseas
For urgent consular assistance, contact DFATs Consular
Emergency Centre on 1300 555 135 (from within
Australia) and +61 2 6261 3305 (from overseas).
To contact the nearest Australian mission overseas, see
the complete directory of Australian embassies, high
commissions and missions at
Register your travel and contact details at so we
can contact you in an emergency
Check the latest travel advice and subscribe to receive free email
notications each time the advice for your destination is updated
Organise comprehensive travel insurance and ensure it covers you for
the destinations you plan to visit and the activities you plan to do
Before you go
Passport – Check that your passport has at least six
months validity from your planned date of return to
Australia. For more information on passports, visit
Dual nationals – Check if you are considered a
national of any the countries you intend to visit and
if so, nd out if holding dual nationality has any
implications for your travel. You should contact the
embassy, high commission or consulate of the
country or countries you plan to visit to obtain this
Visas – 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. You can get
more information on travelling well at
Medication – Check that any medications you plan
to take with you are legal at your destinations by
contacting the nearest embassy, high commission or
consulate of the countries you plan to visit. You could
consider carrying a letter from your doctor detailing
what your medicine is, and that it is for personal use.
Travel money – 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
Keeping 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
The law – Always obey the laws of the country or
countries you are visiting, even if they are dierent
from those in Australia. Some Australian criminal laws
may apply to Australians overseas.
Drugs – 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 oences.
Local customs – Respect local cultures and customs,
dress appropriately and always ask permission before
taking photos of people.
Coming home
Customs and quarantineBe 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
The better prepared
you are, the more
enjoyable your trip
overseas will be!
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