Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Trevel Tips

It is important for all Australians to remember that a lot of problems overseas can be avoided if certain precautions are taken. Follow our tips for travellers overseas to be well on your way to have a hassle-free trip.

1. Check the latest tips for your travel to smartraveller.gov.au before you go. Subscribe to receive e-mail notification whenever travel tips will be updated.
2. Take out travel insurance to cover hospital treatment, medical evacuation and activities, including adventure sports, in which you plan to participate.
3. Before you can save your trip abroad and coordinates travel online at smartraveller.gov.au or at the local Australian Embassy, High Commission or consulate upon arrival so that we can contact you in an emergency.
4. Obey the law of the country in which you find yourself. Do not expect to be treated differently to the local population simply because it is Australian, although local laws seem 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, insurance, travellers cheques, visas and credit card numbers. Bring a copy in a place separate from the original and leave a copy with someone at home.
7. Consult your doctor about all the recommended vaccinations and health precautions to be taken. Also find out about overseas taking medication - certain medications are not permitted in some countries.
8. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity. Carry extra passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen and you need to replace it immediately.
9. Stay in touch with your friends and family at home and give them a copy of your itinerary in order to know where you are.
10. Check whether you are considered a national of the country you plan to visit, and if dual citizenship will have implications for all your travel plans.

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