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By Bernard Willis,2014-03-30 22:11
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Top 10 Travel Tips

    1. 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.

    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

    embassy, high commission or consulate once you arrive, so we 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 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 Australia 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.

Tips for Traveling Abroad

    ; Register so the State Department can better assist you in an emergency: Register your travel

    plans with the State Department through a free online service at This will help us contact you if there is a family emergency in the U.S., or if there is a crisis where you are traveling. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your welfare and whereabouts will not be released to others without your express authorization.

    ; Sign passport, and fill in the emergency information: Make sure you have a signed, valid passport,

    and a visa, if required, and fill in the emergency information page of your passport. ; Leave copies of itinerary and passport data page: Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page

    and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

    ; Check your overseas medical insurance coverage: Ask your medical insurance company if your

    policy applies overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical evacuation. If it does not, consider supplemental insurance.

    ; Familiarize yourself with local conditions and laws: While in a foreign country, you are subject to

    its laws. The State Department web site at has useful safety and other information about the countries you will visit.

    ; Take precautions to avoid being a target of crime: To avoid being a target of crime, do not wear

    conspicuous clothing or jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money. Also, do not leave unattended luggage in public areas and do not accept packages from strangers.

    ; Contact us in an emergency: Consular personnel at U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad and in the U.S. are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens. Contact information for U.S. Embassies and Consulates appears on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at Also note that the Office of Overseas Citizen Services in the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs may be reached for assistance with emergencies at 1-888-407-4747, if calling from the U.S. or Canada, or 202-501-4444, if calling from overseas.

    Summary for travel advice for US

    ; We advise you to exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety in the United

    States because of the risk of terrorism.

    ; Pay close attention to your personal security and monitor the media for information about possible new

    safety or security risks.

    ; The United States Department of Homeland Security's Advisory System Threat Level is at Orange for

    all domestic and international flights, indicating a "high" risk of terrorist attack. It is at Yellow or "elevated" for

    all other sectors, indicating a significant risk of terrorist attack.

    ; Significant communication, transport and infrastructure damage caused by recent hurricanes in parts of

    Texas and Louisiana may take some time to restore. For details see the Local Travel Section below. ; Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:

    o organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not

    covered by your policy

    o register your travel and contact details, so we can contact you in an emergency

    o subscribe to this travel advice to receive free email updates each time it's reissued.

    Summary for travel advice for Australia

    ; Terrorism is an on-going threat in many countries around the world. The threat in some destinations is

    very high. We continue to receive reports that terrorists are actively planning attacks. Australians could be

    caught up in attacks targeted at others. Terrorists may attack official or civilian targets depending on their

    particular objectives at the time. See Safety and Security: Terrorism (below) and our country specific travel

    advisories for details on terrorist threats to specific locations and types of venues. ; Violent and petty crime occurs in many countries. You should familiarise yourself with the types of

    crime that may occur and locations where you may be particularly at risk.

    ; You should avoid demonstrations and protests as they have the potential to turn violent. Periods

    surrounding elections often experience unrest and violent protests.

    ; Transport safety standards vary widely. You should understand the risks and plan your travel


    ; Many Australians are affected by natural disasters and health emergencies overseas each year. You

    should seek to monitor the media, be aware of emerging risks and take appropriate precautions. ; When you are overseas, local laws apply to you and penalties, particularly for drug-related offences, can

    be severe and can include the death penalty.

    ; Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:

    o organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not

    covered by your policy

    o register your travel and contact details, so we can contact you in an emergency

    o subscribe to destination specific advice to receive free email updates each time it's reissued.

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