Planning your overseas trip

Find information and resources to help you plan and prepare to travel overseas.

Research your destination

It’s a good idea to research your destination before you book your travel, so you know what to expect when you get there. On the Smartraveller website, you can use the destination finder to search for travel advice for more than 175 worldwide locations. Travel advisories include important information about:

  • safety
  • visa requirements
  • health
  • local laws
  • travel
  • local contacts.

Sign up for updates

Subscribe to email updates or push notifications for a destination on Smartraveller. These updates will let you know if there’s a change to a destination’s travel advice that may affect your trip. Find out more about subscription services on the Smartraveller website.

Keep copies of your documents

Consider making copies of your important documents. You may need them if something goes wrong while you’re overseas. You may also like to share the copies with someone you trust at home. Documents you should keep copies of include your:

  • passport
  • visa
  • travel insurance policy
  • driver licence and international driving permit
  • travel itinerary
  • emergency contacts
  • International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.

Things to organise before you go

Find out what you need to organise before travelling overseas.

Page last updated: 17 April 2023