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General Travel Advice for Australian and New Zealand Citizens

Be a smart traveller, before heading overseas:

* Visit your relevant government�s website www.smartraveller.gov.au for Australians and
   www.safetravel.govt.nz for New Zealanders for advice and assistance.
* Organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities
   are not covered by your policy.
* Register your travel and contact details, so you are contactable in an emergency.


If you are travelling overseas, whatever the reason and however long you'll be there, you
can register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (for Australians) www.orao.dfat.gov.au or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (for New Zealanders) www.kiwisoverseas.govt.nz. You can register online or in person at any Australian or New Zealand Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. The information you provide will help your government to contact you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster,
civil disturbance or a family issue.

Top 10 Travel Tips

(as listed on Smart Traveller)

1. Check the latest travel advice for your destination and subscribe to receive free email notification each time the travel advice for your destination is updated.
2. Take out appropriate 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 or at the local Australian or New Zealand embassy, high commission or consulate once you arrive, so your government can contact you in an emergency.
4. Obey the law. Consular assistance cannot override local laws, even where local laws appear harsh or unjust by Australian or New Zealand standards.
5. Check to see if you require visas for the country or countries you are visiting or transiting. Be aware that 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. Check with health professionals for information on recommended vaccinations or other precautions and find out about overseas laws on travelling with medicines.
8. Make sure your passport has at least six months validity and carry additional copies of your passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.
9. Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with someone at home and keep in regular contact with friends and relatives while overseas.
10. Before departing check whether you are regarded as a national of the country you intend to visit. Research whether holding dual nationality has any implications for your travel.


Your passport should always be kept in a safe place. If your passport is lost or stolen overseas, report it online or contact your nearest Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as soon as possible.

If you are replacing an Australian passport, you will need to:

* complete an overseas passport application form, provide details of the lost/stolen
   passport, attend an interview,
* pay the current application fee
* pay the appropriate lost/stolen passport fee
Since 1 July 2005, Australians have been required to pay an additional fee to have their passport replaced. In some cases, the Government may also restrict the length of validity or type of replacement passports.

Please visit the Australian Government�s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website www.passports.gov.au for more information regarding Australian passports.

If you require a replacement New Zealand passport you will need to:

* complete an application form, including the Declaration of Loss or Theft on page 12,
* send it to the nearest New Zealand Passport Office (Wellington, Sydney or London),
* with the appropriate fee,
* you will also need to attach a copy of the Police report to your application

Please visit the New Zealand Government�s Department of Internal Affairs website www.dia.govt.nz for more information regarding New Zealand passports.

Entry and Exit Requirements

Visa conditions change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of your destination for the most up to date information.


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