To help you prepare for your trip…
Consider using this checklist to check off important items before you travel.
We have included tips for domestic and international travel.
Australian domestic travel insurance & more
- We recommend as soon as you have paid for flights or deposits, that you purchase travel insurance to safeguard your investment. Domestic travel insurance will cover you against financial loss incurred by cancellations and lost luggage and prices start from about $15 depending on the length of your trip.
- Baggage – The week prior departure check your carry on and checked baggage meets the allowances for domestic travel.
- Day of departure:
- Travel Documents: Ensure you have the documents needed for domestic travel, which include your tickets and photo identification.
- Flight Status: Check your flight departure and check-in times before you head to the airport. A common mistake is to arrive at 7pm and miss the 7am flight!
- Check-in Online: Consider checking-in from home between 24 hours and 1 hour before your departure. This can minimise wait times at the airport.
International travel & when to buy travel insurance and what to prepare
- At least three months before departure:
- If you did not purchase travel insurance when you made your initial bookings, then it is time to do so now. The Australian Government’s travel advisory and consular assistance service, smartraveller.gov.au, advises all Australian travellers to take out travel insurance for overseas travel. Travel Insurance Plus offers a range of travel insurance policies to suit different needs.
- Make sure your passport is arranged well in advance of your departure date, valid for at least 6 months from departure and valid for the duration of your trip. It’s also a good idea to leave a copy of your passport and travel documents with someone at home.
- The Australian Government encourages all Australians travelling overseas to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade before travel, so you can be contacted in an emergency.
- Visit the IATA Travel Centre to check the passport validity requirements of your destination, including Australia.
- Visas: If you live in Australia, visit VisaCentral to request and process your visa application.
- Immunisations: Visit the IATA Travel Centre to check the health requirements for all of the destinations in your trip. Then book a visit with you GP.
- Two weeks before departure:
- Decide on how you will access foreign currency. It is wise to investigate what (if any) charges your bank may impose if you access cash from your debit or credit cards. These charges can include international ATM and foreign currency exchange fees. Some banks charge in excess of $10 per transaction and others may not impose a charge.
- One week before departure
- If you are travelling to, from, within or over the USA you must provide passenger information required by the US authorities under the Secure Flight and Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) programs. This information is to be provided to your airline and they may not issue tickets until the information is provided. Information includes but is not limited to – full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number etc.
- Medications: If you are taking medication and want to take it with you, you may need to carry a medical certificate. Make sure that you check the consulate website of the countries you are visiting before you go and carry all medication in your carry on baggage. Consider following these instructions for taking medication:
- Contact the embassy of the country/countries you are visiting to ensure the medication is legal in that country;
- Carry or enclose with the medication a letter from your doctor, with details of the medication, how much you will be taking with you, and stating that the medication is for your personal use;
- Leave the medication in the original packaging so it is clearly labelled identifying the medication, manufacturer’s name or pharmaceutical label, along with your name and dosage.
- Make sure your carry on and checked baggage meets the requirements including Dangerous Goods.
- Tickets: You should carry your e-ticket receipt at all times for your international flight and photographic identification must be produced at check-in.
- Australian Customs and Border Protection manage the movement of goods and people across the Australian border and each state and territory enforces their own local quarantine restrictions.Restrictions exist on goods that you can bring in and out of Australia. Find out what you may need to declare visit the information for travellers to Australia section of the Australian Customs and Border Protection website.
- Do you have additional baggage? Consider pre-purchasing additional baggage prior to arriving to the airport as this may save money and ensure you can check your baggage.
- Check your flight departure and check-in times before you head to the airport.
- Arrive at the airport allowing plenty of time to check in, stroll the shops, enjoy a bite to eat to avoid that last minute rush.
We hope you have a great trip and the above information is useful. At Travel Insurance Plus we are all about safe and responsible travel. Our goal is to provide you with the confidence to explore our world, backed by quality travel insurance for less than you might expect.