Travelling Overseas

Travelling overseas can be daunting for some, particularly those who have not experienced it previously.  Overseas travel is not as simple as packing a bag, and hopping on the next flight, but requires organisation, so that your overseas experience is a joyous one.  We recommend you read over the Planning for an Overseas Tour booklet, and relevant Tour Updates provided by your Tour Coordinator.  In addition, below are some preliminary tips to help towards a positive overseas travel experience.

Applying for a Passport

If you require a passport to tour, you will need to make an application with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Once you have your passport, a copy of the page with your image on it, will need to be provided.  Once a copy has been received, your information can be passed on to the airline for ticketing.

Visa Requirements

When travelling to an overseas country, there are certain Visa requirements to enter into the particular country you are visiting.  It is important to understand Visa requirements, and allow sufficient time to complete the process. 

Taking Medicines Overseas

Travellers taking medicines overseas should ensure the medicine is legal in the country they are travelling to by contacting the relevant embassy, high commission or consulate before leaving Australia.

If you are planning to take medicines overseas for your own personal use or the use of someone travelling with you, you should:

  • contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country you are visiting to make sure the medicine is legal there
  • carry a letter from your doctor detailing what the medicine is, how much you will be taking and stating that the medicine is for your personal use
  • leave the medicine in its original packaging

There are restrictions on the amount of medicines you can take overseas. Check with your doctor before you travel.

Customs may detain any medicine suspected of being illegally exported, which could lead to prosecution. It is in your best interests to have a letter from your doctor explaining what the medicine is, how much you are carrying and that it is for your personal use.