Entering or leaving Australia

Australia welcomes millions of overseas visitors each year. Anyone who is not an Australian citizen needs a valid visa to enter the country.

International passenger caps have been removed for all international passenger arrivals into Australia.

All travellers should be aware that: People entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status People entering Australia do not need to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration People leaving Australia will not be asked to provide evidence of their vaccination status Unvaccinated visa holders do not ​ need a travel exemption to travel to Australia Mask wearing on international flights to Australia is no longer mandatory . It is important to remember that airlines, vessel operators and other countries may have specific requirements that travellers need to comply with.

Australian Citizens

All Australian citizens must enter and exit Australia on an Australian passport. Your Australian passport must be valid (not expired) on the day of your arrival in Australia. It does not need to have six months remaining validity to enter Australia unless you are passing through a third country that requires it. Citizens are not entitled to a visa, even if you are also a citizen of another country. Please see the  Department of Home Affairs website  for more information. 

Immigration and Visas

All foreign travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia.

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If you have a specific question, please contact the Department of Home Affairs .

You will also need to know what you can and cannot bring into Australia, knowing the duty-free concession limits and what to experience when travelling through Australian airports and seaports.

Please visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

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The Australia exit checklist: everything you need to prepare before travelling internationally

International travel is now permitted for many in Australia, but the cost and complexity of undertaking an overseas trip is vastly different from pre-Covid times

S ince the Australian government lifted the ban on fully vaccinated Australian citizens and permanent residents leaving the country without an exemption, on 1 November, interest in overseas travel has skyrocketed.

Research commissioned by Skyscanner in mid-November found that 44% of Australians were interested in travelling internationally in the next 12 months, and in November the flight service experienced a 128% month-on-month increase in searches for flights from December to February 2022.

However, after almost two years of border closures, enthusiasm is mixed with uncertainty. A fourth wave of Covid is sweeping across much of the northern hemisphere; while the new Omicron variant – recently identified in South Africa – is making many governments (including Australia) jittery, and has already caused border closures and changes to procedures.

The only constant now is that travel rules and regulations are constantly changing.

There is profound uncertainty regarding how Covid variants will impact international travel moving forward. Your first point of call should always be the Australian government’s Smartraveller website, which you can subscribe to for updates.

Given this state of affairs, you should undertake the following before making travel plans:

Complete a detailed risk/benefit analysis before you book.

Develop a realistic travel budget that includes payment for multiple PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests – usually a minimum of three, and often more in some destinations – for all trip members. Test costs can vary widely but are likely to be between $80 and $200 a person per test.

You will also need adequate contingency funding should Covid-19 conditions require you to extend your trip, possibly indefinitely.

Fully research and keep up to date with all the latest requirements for leaving and re-entering Australia (and each state) and entering the countries you wish to visit.

Read the fine print on your travel insurance closely, and be aware of which Covid conditions are covered and not covered.

Consider using the services of an experienced travel agent who is across the ever-changing travel regulations and can communicate them to you, both before you leave and while you’re on the road; make changes or cancellations to travel bookings; and assist with reimbursements.

Vaccination status and PCR tests: the paperwork

To travel internationally without an exemption you must show your International Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) at airline check-in when departing Australia, when arriving at your destination and before you board your return flight to Australia.

You can create your ICVC on your myGov account. It will be provided in PDF format for printing, or electronic storage on your phone. Children 12 and over must be vaccinated while those under 12 travelling with vaccinated family members will be treated as vaccinated.

Currently, most flights out of Australia require proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR molecular test provided by a laboratory, which is not the same as a test from a free testing clinic in Australia.

In general, the PCR test must be done no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure of the first leg of your flight (or no later than 48 hours before your departure for Singapore, and one day before your departure to the United States).

A nurse prepares a PCR test on a passenger at a pre-departure Covid clinic at Sydney airport

Prices are generally around A$150, but you can do a $79 PCR test, with a result within 90 minutes before departure, at Histopath Diagnostic Specialists testing centres at Sydney and Melbourne international airports.

A negative PCR test-result certificate will still be valid if your flight is delayed longer than the 72-hour window, but if the flight is rescheduled or cancelled you’ll need to take a new test.

If you’ve recovered from Covid, your PCR test may still detect fragments of the virus, so if you’ve had Covid recently, you will also need to get a fit-to-fly certificate from a medical practitioner. This will also be true upon re-entry.

There’s talk of encouraging travellers to get vaccine booster shots to strengthen their immunity, but this has not become mandatory.

Children’s Covid vaccination requirements are also evolving and vary between countries. “It’s always a red flag for me to double check vaccination age requirements for families travelling with children,” says Karen Majsay, business leader at Low and James Travel Associates, owned by Flight Centre Travel Group.

Carry several printed copies (they do not need to be notarised) of both your ICVC and negative PCR test results, since you can’t always rely on digital technology while on the road.

Consider the worst-case scenario

As difficult as it may be, travellers should be realistic about all the uncertainties and potential additional expenses of international travel, especially if they get stranded overseas because of lockdowns.

Holly Seale, an associate professor in the School of Population Health at the University of New South Wales, has spent four months documenting the experiences of Australians stranded abroad.

“There needs to be an improvement in the quality of government information for those considering international travel or currently stranded abroad because of Covid-19,” she says. “We identified a gap in knowledge about the financial and mental impacts of border closures on a wide range of Australians.

“So many people have been wanting to reconnect with family and friends overseas for two years now.

“We all need to be mindful of the potential problems, such as border closures and flight availability, which may arise in a post-Covid world where new variants are always appearing. Arming yourself with as much information as possible helps with weighing up the risks and benefits ... It’s not about being alarmist, but we’re not sure what’s ahead of us right now.

“It’s also really good to have a discussion with your GP before travelling,” she suggests. “People need to expand their travel health pack.”

Seale suggests people consider “bringing along higher-quality masks and possibly even respirators” and likens Covid booster shots to “other traditional travel regimens, including flu and other vaccines appropriate to where they are travelling”.

“Down the track, getting Covid shots may be considered no different than packing anti-diarrhoea tablets.”

There’s also the worst-case scenarios of Australians trapped overseas. Seale says “many have had to tap into super … while others have set up Go Fund Me accounts to survive. The impact on their lives goes far beyond financial strain, affecting work and schooling and mental health.”

Using a travel agent

Even for seasoned travellers used to making their own bookings, the services of a travel agent can be hugely helpful in reducing your research burden around shifting rules – and paperwork if things go wrong.

Flight Centre Travel Group has a dedicated research team providing its travel agents with up-to-date information about Covid travel requirements and restrictions.

“We are constantly cross-checking all the travel requirements and we summarise everything our clients need to do before they start their trip,” says Majsay. “We also support our clients when things change ... We email them with advice all along the way, including anything they need to do differently when they return home to Australia.

“The rules are constantly changing. You can’t check things enough these days.”

Travel insurance

According to consumer advocate Choice, it has never been more important to secure travel insurance. The Australian government Smartraveller site is even more emphatic, stating: “If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.”

Some countries, such as Fiji and Singapore, even mandate Covid travel insurance for visitors.

Cover-More (​​owned and underwritten by the Zurich Insurance Group) is the market leader in Australia for its Covid-19 cover, and introduced Covid travel insurance benefits (previously unavailable in Australia) in December 2020.

According to Group CEO Cara Morton, Cover-More has kept premium increases to under 10% of pre-Covid rates. Flight Centre and Travel Associates are long-standing distribution partners for Cover-More. Liam Hawkes, a senior agent from Flight Centre Camberwell, says agents can streamline claims by providing all the cancellation and rebooking details and the attendant costs.

NIB (underwritten by Pacific International Insurance Pty Ltd) introduced Covi travel benefits last month. A number of independent travel agents have started selling NIB travel insurance.

Travel insurance will likely only cover medical, quarantine and some cancellation costs if you or someone you’re travelling with tests positive to Covid, or if the accommodation you’ve booked must shut down because of the virus. This coverage is in addition to the other basic travel insurance features like injury, delays and lost luggage.

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Travel insurance will not cover cancellations if you’re unable to travel due to lockdowns, government travel bans or border closures at home or at your planned destination.

Cover-More and NIB both offer unlimited Covid medical coverage overseas, in addition to a 24-hour medical assistance team to monitor care and organise repatriation, if required. They will also cover quarantine, cancellation and rebooking costs.

Cover-More also covers additional accommodation expenses if you get Covid before your booked return flight, or on the first leg of your return journey, delaying your return to Australia, and will automatically extend your travel insurance at no cost until you can return.

Each company’s policies approach Covid coverage in slightly different ways, so it is essential you read the fine print. Cover-More, for instance, is currently not offering Covid insurance for multi-night cruises.

If Smartraveller has a “Do not travel” warning when you enter a particular country, your Covid insurance will not be valid. If the “Do not travel” status is applied when you are already in the country, your Covid-cover will be available.

Cancellation cover is also available if you contract Covid (or are deemed a close contact of someone with Covid) after you’ve purchased travel insurance but before you are scheduled to leave on your trip.

While Medicare has reciprocal agreements in countries such as the UK, this is more of a safety net for basic public health-care coverage. If you or your travelling companions get Covid, you still need comprehensive international travel insurance for private hospitalisation as well as all the benefits listed above.

Some tour operators and airlines are offering complimentary Covid insurance when you book through them, however their Covid insurance tends to be limited, may not cover other travel components, and might be issued by an overseas insurance company that is subject to the regulations of that country. Some credit card companies also offer complimentary insurance, but this generally does not cover Covid.

Majsay advises business travellers who normally just use their company’s policy to read it carefully, as some business policies may not have added Covid cover.

Multi-leg journeys

Majsay says that for long-haul journeys, “it’s easiest if you use one airline from your departure point through to your final destination, check your baggage all the way through and get all your boarding passes up front”.

If you’re travelling to the UK or Europe and transiting without stopping over, there are no added complexities to your flights. No extra tests will be required during transit, save for possibly a few random temperature checks. There is currently no difference in connecting through the Middle East or Asia.

“The Qantas QF1 flight between Sydney and London, which is currently operating through Darwin, is slightly easier as passengers don’t have to deal with transiting through an extra country,” Majsay says. “But it will revert to routing through Singapore in late March/early April.”

Liam Hawkes from Flight Centre says: “If clients are unsure, I’m recommending the fewer countries in your itinerary, the better, to make travel as easy as possible.

“Most people are not asking about stopovers, because they want to get to their destination and then get home. They’re not looking for a three-day, lay-in-the-sun break.”

Spending time in the country you transit through is “of course, possible” Hawkes says. “But they add extra testing requirements and isolation while you wait for results.”

“If you want to enter Dubai, for instance, you must do a PCR test at the airport and stay in your hotel until you get a negative result, which is generally the same day. Then you must test again at your hotel and wait for the result prior to going to the airport for your onward journey.”

Given the appearance of the new Omicron variant, arrival regulations around the world are changing daily and you must be vigilant about checking for updates.

Also pay close attention to testing requirements for children. The US , for instance, updated its testing policies on 2 December (US time), shortening the time-frame for pre-departure PCR tests to one day. The UK now requires travellers to self-isolate on arrival, pre-book a PCR test within two days of arrival and continue to isolate until getting a negative result. Singapore has added a requirement of rapid antigen Covid tests on days three and seven.

Traditional dancers in grass skirts welcome holidaymakers in Nadi, Fiji

Fiji opened its doors to Australians on 1 December with Covid-safe protocols in place, including pre-departure PCR tests; confirmed three-night bookings at Care Fiji Commitment accommodation; access to CFC-approved tours and restaurants; and rapid antigen testing 48 hours after arrival.

If you intend to visit multiple countries, you will need to grapple with multiple sets of rules that can change unpredictably, adding extra risk .

“Keeping to one part of the world or one country for the time being is going to be the safest way to travel,” says Hawkes.

Majsay’s advice is: “If you want to spend time in Europe, stay longer in each country rather than adding more destinations, as you don’t want to be doing a PCR test every other day. Europe is currently not requiring quarantine but you will have to provide health passes proving your vaccination status to go to restaurants and museums etc.”

Re-entering Australia

When returning to Australia, you must complete an Australia travel declaration at least 72 hours before departure. The declaration collects your contact details in Australia, flight details, travel history, vaccination information, quarantine requirements and health status.

At check-in when returning to Australia, in addition to ICVCs for 12-and-overs, everyone who is aged over five must give proof of a negative PCR test provided by a laboratory, done no more than 72 hours before the scheduled departure of the first leg of your return flight.

International travellers wearing personal protective equipment arrive at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport this week

If you or a member of your travelling group tests positive for Covid-19, you won’t be allowed to travel to Australia and will have to self-isolate until all members of your party test negative.

The federal government manages Australia’s international borders. However, state and territory governments regulate quarantine (and other inbound health-related requirements).

You must keep up to date with your state’s rules, which are all different and always changing – for instance, NSW and Victoria updated re-entry rules with new isolation and testing requirements for anyone who arrived on or after 28 November, in response to the Omicron variant.

No other state is accepting international arrivals except those that have applied for travel exemptions (capped nationally at 200 people a week), where 14-day hotel quarantine is required.

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Once you have your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and student visa, the next step is to start planning for your travels to Australia.

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Pre-departure checklist.

This pre-departure checklist will help you prepare for your travels to Australia. 

1. Passport

Check that your passport is valid for at least six months prior to your arrival in Australia. It is also a good idea to make a copy of your passport and leave it with a family member in case of an emergency.

Make sure you have a valid visa for entering and studying in Australia well before your departure date and that you have all your visa documentation (including Confirmation of Enrolment, or eCoE) with you on your flight.

Be sure to book your flight to arrive in Australia with plenty of time to settle into your new city and campus before your course starts. Only book your flight once you have been granted a student visa.

Check out our helpful tips for booking your flight to Australia.

4. Travel insurance

In addition to your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), you should also consider travel insurance, which covers things such as cancelled flights and some medical costs. Talk to your education or travel agent for more information and for advice on the best travel insurance policy for you.

It is recommended that you have some Australian currency with you when you land in Australia. There are money exchange counters in most international airports and cities. 

Ask your bank if you can withdraw money from ATMs (cash withdrawal machines) in Australia. If so, find out whether you need to pay a fee each time, and how much, so that you can plan your withdrawals.  

You may wish to open an account with an Australian bank to save on fees. Some banks will let you apply to open an account even before you arrive.

6. Accommodation

You will be required to provide your accommodation address on your incoming passenger card when you arrive in Australia. This means you need to arrange accommodation for your first night(s) before you travel. 

Please note: If you are under 18 years of age, it is a student visa requirement that you have adequate welfare arrangements in place prior to your arrival.

7. Arrange transport to your accommodation

Before you travel to Australia, find out how to get to your accommodation from your arrival airport or train/bus station, and how to check into your accommodation – including outside of usual business hours in case you arrive late at night or early in the morning.

8. Packing your bag

Research the average temperatures of your location in Australia so you will know whether to pack clothes that suit hot or cold weather. It's also a good idea to pack a travel adaptor that connects to Australian power points. 

Make sure you check your airline’s luggage allowance. Some airlines have the option to buy additional baggage online, which is cheaper than paying for an overweight or additional bag at airport check-in.

9. Hand luggage

It's a good idea to pack a change of clothes, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant to freshen up or in case of any delays with your main luggage. Remember that liquid, aerosol, and gel items must be in containers of 100 millilitres or less. 

Other things to pack in your hand luggage include:

  • your passport and visa documentation
  • the address of your accommodation
  • a pen to fill out the incoming passenger card
  • any prescription medication, and
  • a list of emergency contact details including a family member, your education provider and education agent (if you have one).

10. What to expect on arrival

When you arrive at an Australian airport, you will first need to go through immigration and customs. You will need to complete an incoming passenger card which is usually given to you on board your flight.

Further information on what to expect at border clearance can be found on the Australian Border Force website .

11. Check travel and border requirements

You are not required to:

  • show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination for travel to Australia, or
  • have a COVID-19 test before travel.

However, you should check the requirements of your airline and any countries that you are transiting through as they may have vaccination or COVID-19 pre-testing requirements. 

You can stay up to date with latest travel requirements by visiting the Department of Home Affairs website.

12. What you can (and can't) bring into Australia

Australia has strict border controls so you need to be aware of what you can and cannot bring into Australia.

Australia's biosecurity laws have been strengthened and penalties will apply if you fail to truthfully declare biosecurity goods at the Australian border. Find out what you can and can’t bring on the Australian Border Force website.

13. Planning to work?

Your student visa allows you to work alongside your studies. This can help you to earn some extra spending money, and help you gain valuable language and cultural experience. Find out what you need to know about working in Australia as an international student.

14. Have fun!

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Exercise normal precautions in Australia. 

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U.S. Embassy Canberra (The Embassy does not provide consular services.) Moonah Place Yarralumla, ACT 2600 Australia Telephone: +(61) (2) 6214-5600 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(61) (2) 411-424-608 Fax: +(61) (2) 6214-5970

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

You must have a valid U.S. passport and a visa or an approved Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter Australia. Most U.S. passport holders traveling to Australia for tourism or business purposes for less than 90 days can obtain an ETA. The ETA is an electronic label-free visa and can be obtained at the ETA website for a small service fee. Airlines and many travel agents in the United States are also able to apply for ETAs on behalf of travelers.

If you overstay your ETA or any other visa, even for short periods, you may be subject to exclusion, detention, and removal by the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

If you are travelling on a valid U.S. ePassport (a passport that contains an electronic chip) and are 16 years of age or older, you are eligible to use Australia’s automated border processing system, SmartGate, upon arrival in Australia (SmartGate kiosks are available only at participating airports). There is no additional enrollment process or fee to use SmartGate. Visit the SmartGate website for more information and for a list of participating airports in Australia.

Visit the Embassy of Australia website for the most current visa information.  

HIV/AIDS restrictions. Some HIV/AIDS entry restrictions exist for visitors and foreigners seeking permanent residence in Australia. Depending on the type of visa you apply for, the length of your stay, and your intended activities in Australia, you may be required to undergo a medical examination before the Australian Department of Home Affairs will issue you a visa.

If you are in the application process, and are found to be HIV positive, a decision on the application will be considered on the same grounds as any other pre-existing medical condition (such as tuberculosis or cancer), with the focus on the cost to Australia’s health care and community services.

Additional information about Australian immigration health requirements can be found here.

Please verify this information with the Embassy of Australia in Washington D.C. before you travel. 

Find information on dual nationality , prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

Terrorism: Terrorists have targeted, and could continue to target, Australia.

  • Australia has an alert system for possible terrorist attacks. The threat levels range from “not expected” to “certain.” The Australian National Security website has up-to-date information regarding the current terrorism threat level. You may also contact the Australian National Security Hotline at 61-1-800-123-400.
  • U.S. citizens in Australia should remain vigilant toward their personal security and exercise caution.
  • Australian law protects the right of individuals and groups to engage in peaceful protest and to publicly express their views. Demonstrations and political rallies are generally approved by local authorities and well publicized. However, please be cautious of any possible confrontation that could escalate into violence. You should attempt to avoid the areas of demonstrations and be careful within the vicinity of any demonstrations. You should stay current with media coverage of local events and always be aware of your surroundings.
  • You should be aware that robberies, burglaries, assault, and auto theft are common in Australia’s larger cities.
  • Foreign visitors in popular tourist areas are targets for pickpockets, purse-snatchers, and petty thieves. Most petty crime can be avoided if basic security precautions are taken.
  • Be careful when visiting bars or clubs in the entertainment areas of major cities, as “bar brawls” and other assaults sometimes occur. You should watch out for drink spiking when consuming alcohol with unfamiliar people.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:

  • Report crimes to the local police at 000 and contact the U.S. Consulate in your district.
  • The local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.
  • See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police.
  • Help you find appropriate medical care.
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent.
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms.
  • Provide a list of local attorneys.
  • Provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • Provide information about Australian Victim Assistance programs.
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution.
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home.
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport.

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. consulate in your district for assistance.

Tourism: The tourism industry is generally regulated, and rules and safety inspections are regularly enforced. Hazardous areas/activities are identified with appropriate signage, and professional staff is typically on hand in support of organized activities. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is widely available throughout the country. Outside of a major metropolitan center, it may take more time for first responders and medical professionals to stabilize a patient and provide life-saving assistance. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance . 

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, imprisoned or deported.

  • It is illegal to take pictures of certain buildings, such as inside certain areas of Australian airports, near prisons, and at military bases.
  • Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Alcohol and Drugs:

  • Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking of drugs are strict. Convicted offenders can expect lengthy sentences and fines. Please see Australia’s Department of Health webpage for further information. 
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol can result in jail time.
  • Random breath testing of a driver's blood alcohol level is a common occurrence.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Potential Health Screening: Australian authorities have broad powers to prevent the entry of diseases and other materials into Australia that might pose a threat to its welfare. In the event of a public health emergency involving a communicable disease, passengers arriving in Australia may be subject to strict health screening measures, including testing, monitoring, and assessment for possible quarantine.

Customs: Australian customs authorities enforce very strict regulations concerning the importation from all countries of items such as agricultural goods, including plants and food products, and wood products, as well as very strict quarantine standards for animals and pets. Can you bring it in?

Contact the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C., or one of Australia's consulates in the United States for specific information regarding customs requirements, and visit the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture website for additional information.

Natural Disasters:

Australia experiences a range of natural disasters, including bushfires, floods, and severe storms. These events are difficult to predict and can result in loss of life. You should be aware of conditions around you and monitor local weather and safety reports so you can take appropriate action when needed.

See our webpage for information on storm preparedness and response.

Safety Concerns:

Outdoor Recreation/Adventure

  • Be aware that Australian fauna can be dangerous. From jellyfish to crocodiles, sharks, poisonous insects, and snakes, the continent and its waters host wildlife that merit awe and respect in equal doses.
  • Visit the Wet Tropics Management Authority visitor information guide for information on Australian wildlife and marine life.
  • Take important safety precautions when swimming, such as swimming only between the flags where a lifeguard is present, and never swimming alone.
  • Further information on beach safety can be found on the Surf Life Saving website.

Follow recommended precautions when snorkeling and scuba diving and never dive alone. Over the past few years, there have been numerous deaths related to snorkeling and scuba diving incidents.

Faith-Based Travelers : See the following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Australia. Australian federal law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

As of December 9, 2017 Australia defines marriage as “the union between two people.” Australia grants temporary and permanent visas to same-sex partners of Australian citizens.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance

  • Australia enforces laws prohibiting discrimination against access to premises, facilities, and accommodation.
  • Many of the downtown areas of Australian cities were built in the 1800s. These areas often have narrow sidewalks crowded with pedestrians and tourists.
  • Most public transit, parking, streets, and buildings are accessible for disabled travelers.
  • Tourist spots at the beach or in the Australian outback can have varying degrees of accessibility.
  • Many accommodations and venues provide accessibility information on their websites.

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We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare/Medicaid does not apply overseas. Most hospitals and doctors overseas do not accept U.S. health insurance.

  • Excellent medical care is available in Australia.
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  • Serious medical problems requiring hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on overseas insurance coverage. Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information on type of insurance you should consider before you travel overseas.


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  • Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription

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  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for information on Medical Tourism, the risks of medical tourism, and what you can do to prepare before traveling to Australia.


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  • Visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about Adventure Travel .

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Air pollution is a significant problem during certain months in Australia due to bush fires. Consider the impact seasonal bush fire season pollution may have on your health and consult your doctor before traveling.

The air quality varies considerably and changes with the season. It is typically at its worst in the bush fire season. People at the greatest risk from particle pollution exposure include:

  • Infants, children, and teens
  • People over 65 years of age
  • People with lung disease such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema;
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  • Traffic operates on the left side of the road, and all vehicles use right-hand drive.
  • Use caution when crossing streets and when driving.
  • When crossing roads on foot, make sure you look carefully in all directions.
  • Seat belt use by drivers and all passengers is mandatory, and fines apply for not wearing them.
  • Motorcyclists must wear helmets.
  • Speed limits and laws are rigorously enforced. Speed limits vary throughout Australia and are measured in kilometers, not miles. Be aware that speed cameras are everywhere and you will be ticketed for driving over the speed limit.
  • Roads and streets are frequently narrower and less graded than U.S. highways.
  • Outside major metropolitan areas, most highways are two-lane roads with significant distances between destinations.
  • When driving in Australia, exercise caution while passing or merging with adjacent traffic.
  • If driving in rural areas, be alert to free-roaming animals, such as kangaroos, and "road-trains" (several semi-truck trailers connected together).
  • Passing road-trains is dangerous, and you should pull over to allow on-coming road-trains to pass to avoid being sideswiped.
  • If you have no experience with a 4-wheel drive vehicle, you should exercise common-sense when driving in the Australian outback.

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  • Each state/territory has different rules about using a foreign driver’s license and the conditions under which a visitor might have to get an international driver’s license. More information about  driving rules and regulations is available by state .
  • Texting or holding your phone while driving is against the law in Australia, but you can use a hands-free system to communicate while driving.
  • For specific information concerning Australian driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, mandatory insurance, and the rental and operation of motor vehicles in Australia, visit the  Australian Tourist Commission website.

Public Transportation:  Australia has an extensive and safe public transportation network consisting of buses, streetcars, ferries, trains, and subways. Metered taxis and ride sharing services are also prevalent. Use common sense safety practices, such as guarding valuables and remaining aware of your surroundings, on all public transportation.

See our  Road Safety page  for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Australia’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Australia’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the  FAA’s safety assessment page .

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Australia should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts . Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website , and the  NGA broadcast warnings website  portal select “broadcast warnings”.

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Australia what to pack: Travel essentials, important documents + clothes

14 Jan, 2022 | Migration , New Life Maker

Australia what to pack: Travel essentials, important documents + clothes

I’m often asked questions about what to pack for Australia. What to pack for Australia depends on lots of things – are you looking for things to take to Australia for a holiday, for a backpacking adventure or are you moving to Australia permanently and wondering what should be on your Australia packing list?! 

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For this article, I’m going to assume that you’re moving to Australia or travelling to Australia for a long period of time and we’re going to talk about what to pack for Australia in your hand luggage as well as in your suitcase. You might be sending a shipping container of things or some luggage via a luggage delivery service separately too, so this post will also help you work out the important things to keep with you.

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Travel checklist Australia: What goes in your hand luggage?

If you’re wondering what to pack for Australia, here are my travel essentials for Australia to go in your hand luggage . 

Passports and tickets

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I like to use a travel wallet to keep everything together.

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Visa letters

If you’re moving to Australia, don’t assume just because your visa is on your passport that you won’t need to show the actual letter multiple times too! Print out a few copies of it as you’ll need them.

Gather an Australia pack of important documents

In this, you need to include:

  • originals of personal documents (birth certificates, marriage certificate, qualification certificates, police checks from your visa etc.) These will be essential pieces of identification in Australia. Make sure you leave photocopies of all of these with someone you trust back home just in case you ever lose these originals, and it’s also helpful if another family member who is travelling with you has a pack of the photocopies on them too because you might need to give them out as ID later when setting up accounts, finding a rental etc. It always pays to try to keep separate copies of things! (You should also scan copies of these and add them to your laptop or portable hard drive so you have a record of them). 
  • any recent bills you might need to chase up later (you never know if you might need to query a final payment, or ring the company up to follow something up).
  • details of where you’re staying and your hire car confirmations and/or taxi details.

Some Australian currency so you have some cash ready to spend when you land

I like to order mine online in advance of travelling.  

A multi-currency account with debit card 

I think a multi-currency account is super handy (I wish I’d had access to one when we were moving but I didn’t know they even existed then!). You can have money in a Wise multi-currency account to tide you over until you can validate your Australian bank account in person and move your money over.  I highly recommend this as an interim measure while waiting for your Australian debit cards to be ordered. It will also come in so handy if you’re moving to Australia as it means you’ll have access to bank accounts in multiple countries, and you’ll be able to use it when you travel in future too. 

Your bank account opening confirmation details

Bring any information you’re going to need about your Australian bank account so you’re ready to go in and validate your account when you land. You can find out more about banking in Australia here. 

Packing cubes to organise your bags (these work well for hand luggage as well as your suitcase)

While the larger packing cubes are perfect for using in your suitcase, the smaller sets are perfect for organising your hang luggage. You can use them to keep paperwork together, to organise any spare clothes you want to keep clean and dry – and to keep your cables together. Are packing cubes worth it? Absolutely! 

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Travel adapters 

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Rehydration products to help you get over the jet lag

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Air travel leads to dehydration so take some rehydration products with you that you can consume on the go. I like the dissolvable tablets that you can just add to a bottle of water. Make sure your kids have some too – it really does help to ease feelings of jet lag and exhaustion later. 

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Paracetamol/ibuprofen for you and the kids

For travelling, I find using sachets of medicine is helpful for the kids, or soluble kids paracetamol that you can just pop into a bottle of water. Make sure you pack some for the grown ups too – I always get a bad headache when travelling long haul. 

Travel sickness tablets and bands

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As someone who has two kids that get travel sick, this is a must for us! I honestly also find the travel bands work too (I lived in them when I was pregnant with twins and suffering severe morning sickness through the pregnancy!) The travel sickness tablets are still important though – we couldn’t travel without them. 

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Any medication you need for the journey and after you arrive

Don’t pack it all in your hold luggage in case that goes missing. And make sure you bring enough to keep you going until you can sign up to a doctor in Australia if it’s an ongoing prescription. 

Travel first aid kit

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I never travel anywhere without a little first aid kit. Mine contains: bandages, plasters, antiseptic wipes, antiseptic cream, bite cream and a thermometer. Just remember you’ll need to delcare any bottles of liquid/lotion at check in. 

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Portable hard drive

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This should contain all of your important data from your computer and/or laptop. In an ideal world, you’d take two of these so that two members of your group have one copy for security reasons. If you’re sending your desktop computer in your shipping container, don’t forget to back it up onto this device. And even if you’re taking your laptop in one of your hand luggage bags, make sure it is backed up and the portable drive is kept separate. You never know if your bag might get damaged or stolen.

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Portable charger

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Our kids frequently use up all of our phone batteries. A portable charger means you can carry on using your devices on the go. These are life savers for long journeys. 

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Any special photo prints that are irreplaceable

If you’re moving and taking all of your belongings with you, it’s helpful to try to back up what photos you can on a portable hard drive, but I know that I have way too many prints to want to spend the time doing that. I suggest pulling out the most important prints and taking those with your in your hand luggage. Make sure they’re in a folder to keep them flat and protected. 

Camera and Laptop

These are delicate items so will travel with you on the flight. Don’t risk packing them in the hold luggage. 

I love my Bose noise-cancelling headphones. Perfect for a relaxing flight!

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It’s always a good idea to have a good book with you!

Notebook and pens

You never know when you’re going to need to make a note of something, and you always need to fill out visa forms on the plane. 

Masks, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes

This is the world we live in now!

A few small sandwich bags and a carrier bag

Use these for rubbish/storing dirty clothes or half-eaten food for the kids.

So you can add layers if the plane feels cold.

Kids inflatable footrest 

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These are so handy to help your kids to sleep on the plane if they’re still small enough. You can read more about these sleep solutions here.

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Put a couple of little travel packs in everyone’s hand luggage. 

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Travel activities for the kids

Think books, colouring, stickers… (You can check out my top tips for travelling long haul with kids here ). 

Make sure you pack them in a hard case so they don’t get damaged.

Baby gear if travelling with a baby

Nappies, wipes, nappy bags, formula, travel changing mat, snacks, spare clothes, bibs. 

One way travel insurance or backpacking insurance

OK technically not something for your hand luggage but one-way travel insurance is an important piece of your Australia travel gear in my opinion! Find out more about it here. 

If you’re backpacking around Australia, you can find backpacking insurance too – it may sound boring but it’s really important!

Feel like you’ve got too much to pack for Australia? 

You probably have!

We took so many bags to Australia when we moved as our airline gave us an extra luggage allowance for travelling one way as permanent migrants so we wanted to make the most of it! It was so challenging trying to travel with so many bags and cases with three kids under five.

We paid for the assistance of luggage porters in London (as there was literally no way we could get from the taxi rank into the airport without either leaving our kids or our bags unattended as we just didn’t have enough hands!) The porters were honestly a lifesaver and worth their weight in gold, but hindsight is a wonderful thing. We wanted to take all of the things to keep us going until our shipping container arrived. That didn’t get delivered until about six or seven weeks after we landed, so those suitcases and bags held so many important things including toys for the kids, clothes and travel gear. 

If I could go back now though, I would instead send at least a couple of those suitcases via a luggage door-to-door delivery service. That way the bags would have been picked up from our home and delivered directly to us after we’d landed in Australia. It would have taken tonnes of pressure off us trying to juggle so much with the three kids. Sometimes it’s worth trying to save money, and sometimes it’s worth investing to save your sanity and make an experience easier. This was one of those times! 

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Actually, even if you don’t have too many kids, sending your bag ahead is still a much easier way to travel if you don’t mind spending some money for convenience. Imagine not having to wait in line at the carousel for your luggage and not having to balance it on trolleys as you navigate the terminals. One day, I plan to only travel first class and have my luggage sent on ahead (I can but dream!) >> Get your discounted quote from Send My Bag here.   

If you’re just travelling to Australia for a holiday, you won’t need so many bags. Check out this post about things to look for in travel luggage . Don’t forget to use packing cubes to make packing for Australia easier and give yourself more space ! 

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What to wear when travelling to Australia and what to pack in your suitcase

While it’s hot in Australia, it’s often cool on the plane. I prefer to travel long haul in closed toe shoes and trousers. This also means you can wear compression socks which help reduce the risk of DVT. I like to go for layers both for myself and the kids who can never decide if they’re boiling or freezing.

I did pack pyjamas for the kids in case we wanted to get them changed on the plane but to be honest it felt like too much of a faff so we didn’t end up using them. I think for a small baby or young toddler it could help signal to them that it’s bedtime though – anything to help them sleep on the plane!  

If you’re wondering what sort of clothes to pack for Australia, consider the season and the location you’re going to. I’m often asked what to pack for Australia in winter or what to pack for Australia in autumn. In Queensland (and in many other states and territories), for instance, year-round you can wear sandals, shorts, dresses and t-shirts. In winter, it’s helpful to have jeans, a hoodie, socks and shoes or trainers/runners as well (you’ll still likely spend a lot of time in shorts and t-shirt but it does get cooler at nights). If you’re heading somewhere that gets colder like Tasmania or Victoria, you’ll likely need to take a coat or jacket. (Coats aren’t something we wear in Queensland often although you might want to pack a rain mac and umbrella too). 

In Australia, I generally dress very casually. I’m always wearing either Converse or Saltwater Sandals. I wear wrap dresses or shorts and bamboo t-shirts most of the year. A few weeks of the year, you’ll find me wearing jeans and a hoodie (usually from June – August). 

Swimwear and sarongs are essentials to pack in your suitcase no matter what time of the year you’re travelling to Australia. Although you can go shopping when you arrive in Australia, it’s helpful to have some swimmers ready to go in case you want to hit the beach or pool before you’ve had chance to go around the shops. A sun protection top/rash vest/rashie is also important for your kids to protect them from the sun. (If you bring one with you, you can shop for more when you get here). 

Suitcase packing list: Australia Travel essentials

There are lots of other travel essentials for Australia to go on your packing list. As I said above, yes you can go shopping when you land but if you at least arrive with some basics it gives you a bit of breathing room to enjoy your new surroundings before you need to rush to the shopping centre. 

Get wide-brimmed fabric hats that can fold up in your case. For kids, it’s helpful to get ones with a chin strap too. Baseball caps don’t provide enough protection and kids end up with burnt ears and necks.

I like to travel with at least one bottle of sunscreen because it usually takes a couple of days to get around to heading to the shops. Sunscreen is something you need to wear daily here. You can read all about my experiences with reef-safe zinc sunscreen here . 

Insect repellent

Just like sunscreen, it’s helpful to travel with at least one bottle of insect repellent. You can read all about my experience with natural insect repellents here . 

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It’s handy to take some lightweight, quick-drying towels for beach or pool days. I’m in love with my new Dock and Bay beach towels and pink striped poncho that I just treated myself to over Christmas.  

Travel-sized toiletries 

Take some travel-sized shampoo/conditioner/body wash etc. You can go to the shops within a few days of landing, so there is no point filling up your case with big bottles. Just remember to make sure that all bottles are packed in something waterproof in your case just in case they leak. You don’t want liquid ending up all over your clothes!

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Australia What to pack: Don’t stress! 

I know I’ve mentioned above that it’s helpful to take lots of things to Australia so you don’t need to rush out to the shops, but we have plenty of great shops here. You can go out and get more nappies/shampoo/sunscreen etc. when you land so you don’t need to stress about forgetting anything. Target, Big W, Kmart, Coles and Woolworths sell just about everything and anything you could want. It is handy to bring some things though so you can relax and get through the jet lag a little before having to hit the shopping centres. 

Take a deep breath. Let’s get your Australia pack ready to go and you’re ready for your adventure! 

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Australia is a massive continent with different climate zones , temperatures and seasons. For example, the southern regions such as Kangaroo Island , Great Ocean Road and Melbourne, are perfect for travel between October and March. However, the same cannot be said for the northern regions. And this is because it is the rainy season for these parts. Read more about Australia climate, weather conditions and travel seasons .

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Try to do some general research on Australia before you travel. Think of locations, distances and your must-see highlights. Then match your interests to your planning list. This ‘how to travel’ blog will help you further. Of course, there are some travellers that prefer to do all the planning themselves. But others, will reach out to a travel agent who can guide them in the right direction, so to speak. Whatever way works best for you, the crucial point, is to do the general research first – before you start planning. You won’t have any time to do this once you are on the road!

3. Visa, Passport and Driving licence

Travelling does seem to be pretty easy these days. But try not to fall into the trap of leaving everything to the minute. Just because you have booked your flight, it doesn’t mean that everything else will fall into place so quickly. For example, the last thing you want to have to deal with, is an expired passport or driving licence. So, make sure your passports are all valid at least 6 months from your departure date to Australia. Nearly all passport holders will need an entry certificate for Australia, called an ETA, check online here . You can do this online, but make sure you have plenty of time before you depart – count on at least 4-6 weeks. This is very important on your Australia travel checklist!

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4. Medical Checks and Precautions

For your travel to Australia, you will not be required to undertake any special medical precautions. And there is no need to worry about infectious diseases. Yes, there are snakes in Australia, but very few of them are poisonous. The chances of you coming across any of these are pretty slim – luckily, they are very shy. But the real ‘biggie’ here, is getting solid travel insurance! If you have to visit a hospital or even be repatriated back home, this will cost you dearly. Get travel insurance.

5. How best to organise reservations

Okay, now you have done all your ‘homework’ and have a pretty clear idea of how to structure your itinerary. The next stage is making all the reservations. Most key reservations are achieved with documentation such as emails and text messages. So just before heading off, gather all these together. That way, they are within easy reach while you are on the road.

When organising your travel, most travellers will either use the ‘good old spreadsheet’ or put everything into a Word documents or on Google Docs. But there are other more efficient ways. And these are in the form of travel apps such as Tripit, TripCase, Google Travel or Booking.com. Some of those apps will be great when on a business trip, but a little less handy when you are travelling with children.

We use a very efficient app called a TravelKey . And in fact, it is connected to our reservation system. For travellers who prefer to self-plan, we would suggest either going for TripCase or Google Docs – those are easily accessible while on the road.

6. Packing, Luggage & Washing

As a general rule on your Australia travel checklist; the longer you are travelling the less luggage you’ll need. Try to pack with layering in mind – ‘peel on and peel off’ as the weather dictates (the reliable ‘onion system). A ‘must have’ is always a good rain jacket – this helps with the wind chill as well. An absolute must is to have a pair of good sunglasses – you will definitely need these if you are going on a Great Barrier Reef or Outback tour. A sun or fly-hat can be bought at location and often serves as a souvenir to take back home. Read more .

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Washing facilities are available at a lot of accommodations. What you will usually get, is a laundry room with washing powder and a dryer. Just a few dollars are charged for those. Otherwise most hotels offer a full laundry service at extra charge. Apartments often have full facilities included in the actual unit – this is great for families.

7. Mobile phone and data plans

These days, most travellers will use their smart phone while on their holiday. The easiest way to avoid nasty telecom bills, is to check with your local mobile provider to see if they are offering ‘roaming’ options for Australia. If they are, the charges are usually quite moderate. We recommend that you take this option. But if you don’t have a roaming option, then think about purchasing an Australia SIM card – use an Australian data & phone plan while in Australia. By the way, they are easy to purchase on arrival at international airports.

8. Bringing foods into Australia

Sometimes it is very tempting to bring your own foods, especially if you have specific dietary requirements. Australia and New Zealand are very strict about food bringing food into their country. Therefore, you cannot bring in any dried meats, fish or honey products. If you do bring something in, whatever you do, declare them to the customs officers. That way, you will avoid a hefty fine and time-consuming delays. Here is a link to the offical website .

9. Arrival, transfers and check in

After a long-haul flight, the last thing you want is to wait for a transfer. But with transfers, you do have a number options – you can use an Airport Train, a Shuttle Coache, taxi or get a private driver. To avoid any inconvenience on your arrival, make sure you pre-book your preferred transfer.

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Check-in time for most accommodations is from 2pm onwards. So if your flight has an early arrival, such as 6am, you will be at the hotel at 8am. However, if you have not booked the night prior, there is no guarantee that you are able to check-in at 8am. Most accommodation providers are very happy for you to move into your room if it was not occupied the night before. But you will probably be travelling in peak seasons, so don’t count on getting access to your room before check-in time. The good thing is, you are able to leave your luggage at the hotel’s storage area and in the meantime, go sightseeing.

10. Communication and tipping

After a long tiring flight with early morning arrivals it’s a good idea to stay awake as long as you can. Talk to your hotel or local host about easy walks in the area. Also, get some tips on where to eat.

Generally, tipping is not expected in Australia. As a rule, hotels and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill, so tipping is your choice. In upmarket restaurants tipping for outstanding service is a nice gesture and can be added to your bill.

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Australia packing list: what to pack for australia.

Travelling to Australia but not sure what to take? It can be pretty overwhelming thinking about to pack for such a big trip so let me help you out.

My packing list sets out what to pack for Australia so you can make the most of your holiday.

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Packing list for Australia

I’m often asked what I take with me on my trips to Australia. Most people don’t really seem to think twice about packing for the average two week holiday, whether they travel light or take the kitchen sink.

However, throw in an extra week or two and it can start to get a little more complicated.

Can I take (or carry) enough to cover my whole trip? What should I take? Where can I wash clothes?  They are just some of the questions that spring to mind when planning a big trip.

Backpacking taught me we actually need very little when travelling, not least because I can’t carry much. Thank god for backpacks on wheels – they do exist!

However, now I’ve upgraded from hostels to hotels I’m always trying to find the balance of taking what you need for a comfortable trip but still being able to get around easily.

If you are doing a   whistle-stop tour of Australia over a few weeks you definitely don’t want to be carting loads of stuff around with you. Packing and unpacking gets more than a little tedious after a few days…trust me .

With a number of trips to Australia under my belt, from nine months backpacking to a two week flying visit, I’ve made every packing mistake there is.

From taking too much (I posted home over half the stuff I took backpacking within a week) to packing for a trip an hour before leaving for the airport. I’ve done it all.

So to save you that trouble and get your holiday off to a flying start I’ve put together a packing list for Australia.

My guide covers what you should do before you leave, some tips on how to make the long flight a little more comfortable, what essential things to take to Australia and some packing advice.

Before you leave – travelling to Australia checklist

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These things should be sorted long before you head off to the airport. The last thing you want to be doing in the last few days before your trip is running around checking passports and visas or buying travel insurance on the way to the airport. 

So make sure you check these off before you go.

  • Passport: check it is still valid. You don’t want to get to the airport to find out they won’t let you on the flight or into the country.
  • Visa:  you need a visa to visit Australia so you definitely don’t want to be leaving that till the last minute. It’s quick and easy to apply for. If you are European an eVisitor visa is available that allows you to visit Australia as often as you like in a 12-month period for stays of up to three months.
  • Travel insurance:  not the most exciting thing to organise but one of the most essential. Make sure your travel insurance covers your whole trip and any activities you may wish to do (watersports, winter sports, sky diving etc).
  • Your tech: update your smartphone, laptop or tablet with your favourite films/tv shows/music. Make sure they play without an internet connection. Trust me there is nothing worse than getting on a 12-hour flight to find all your entertainment is stuck in the cloud.
  • Contact details: leave details of your travel plans with a relative or close friend. Particularly important if you are travelling solo.
  • Medical supplies: if you are an on medication make sure you have enough to get you through your travels. It’s also worth having a copy of your prescription with you just in case.
  • Packing cubes: once you’ve used these you’ll never look back. Makes organising your case so much easier.

Plan your adventure to Australia with my state by state to the top attractions and must see places. Find out more…

For the flight

I love long-haul flights, there is nothing better than being able to switch off for a few hours. That said they are not always the most comfortable of journeys.

Well for those of us in economy!

So to try and make it a little easier here is what I always take on board with me.

  • Reusable bottle of water:  saves you keep having to get up for a drink or calling the flight crew.
  • Snacks: the less said about most airline food the better. Take some of your own snacks just in case.
  • Reading material:  stock up on books and magazines or download lots of books to your Kindle/smartphone.
  • Large wrap/pashmina:  I know most airlines offer you a small blanket but I always think using your own is cosier.
  • USB cable:  lots of long-haul flight these days come with USB sockets in the seats so you don’t have to worry about your phone running out of battery before you reach your destination anymore.
  • Moisturiser and lip balm: those long-haul flights can really take it out on your skin.
  • Glasses: once up in the air I switch from contact lenses to glasses to avoid dry eyes (and from waking up thinking a miracle has happened and I can see again).

Tech Essentials

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  • Smartphone: these days your phone is your camera, travel guide, map reader and entertainment centre. Don’t travel without it.
  • Spare battery charger: although most smartphone batteries are pretty good these days it’s always worth having a spare battery charger. You don’t want to get to the end of a long day sightseeing to find you have no battery left to take photos or to use a map to find somewhere to eat.
  • Power adapters : depending on where you are travelling from you may need a travel adapter. Also, if a few of you are travelling together it is worth picking up an extension lead. There are never enough plugs in hotels rooms for everyone’s tech… or hair straighteners!
  • Camera: whether you are a serious photographer or not if you are taking that once in a lifetime holiday or dream long-haul trip then take a proper camera. Smartphones take great photos nowadays but nothing beats a proper camera.
  • Extra memory cards:  you’ll take a LOT of photos
  • Laptop/tablet: most hotels have computers you can use or there is usually an internet cafe not too far away but laptops/tablets are so light these days it’s more convenient to have your own with you.
  • USB stick (or portable hard drive): backing up to the cloud isn’t always that easy or practical while travelling. It can be hard to get a decent connection and can take ages to upload. So having a USB stick or portable hard drive means you can back up photos and other information safely and easily.
  • SIM card: if you are spending a few weeks in Australia, look into getting a local SIM card. It can often be cheaper than using your own one. If I’m Oz for more than 2-3 weeks then I usually by an Aussie SIM card.

What to wear in Australia?

While I have been known to chuck some clothes into a suitcase an hour or so before heading to the airport (even for a month in Australia), I do try to have some kind of checklist for packing. 

  • Jeans (blue and black)
  • Skirt (mid-length/maxi)
  • Dresses (day dresses and one that can be jazzed up for an evening out)
  • Vest/Camisoles
  • Light rain jacket – believe it or not it does rain in Australia sometimes.
  • Swim/beach wear
  • Exercise gear – the outdoor lifestyle will get you at some point on your travels
  • Trainers/converse
  • Flip flops (or thongs if you are in Australia)
  • Wedges/day shoes 
  • Heels (well you never know)
  • Comfy walking shoes!


  • Sarong (a multitude of uses)

Packing for winter in Australia (yes they do have a winter – kind of) 

You might not believe it but it can get cold in some parts of Australia in winter – Melbourne I’m looking at you!  So if you are heading to Australia then make sure you add a few warmer clothes to your case.

  • Long sleeved tops
  • Jumpers or hoodie
  • Winter jacket

Toiletries List

Obviously, you can pick up toiletries in Australia but unless I’m really trying to cut down my luggage or my case is ridiculously heavy I usually take a few favourites with me.

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Cotton wool buds/pads
  • Make-up: long wear makeup all the way. I swear by Bobbi Brown & Charlotte Tilbury for long wear eyeshadow. Estee Lauder for foundation
  • Make-up remover (wipes and liquid or cream remover)
  • Moisturiser (Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is my hoily grail)
  • Sun cream – with a high SPF

Backpacking Australia Packing List

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My first trip to Australia was when I was backpacking which brings it’s own set of packing challenges.

I thought I had packed light but ended up sending home a box of stuff within two weeks of arriving in Australia.

You quickly realise the less you have the easier it is to carry around! So if you are going backpacking try packing a few days before you leave. Then halve it. And maybe halve it again!

Most of the items in the list above are still relevant if you are backpacking (though perhaps on a smaller scale) however, there are a few more items you should consider packing.

You’ll likely be in hostels most of the time so you’ll need to be a bit more self sufficient than if you were in a hotel.

Backpacking essentials

  • Microfibre towel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Mesh protector for rucksack
  • Hanging toiletries bag
  • First aid kit

So that is my list of essential things to take to Australia. Have I forgotten anything? What are your travel essentials? Or do you have any packing hacks?  Let me know in the comments below.

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Packing for Australia needn’t be overwhelming. It just needs a bit of planning and preparation

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– I always take some currency with me. I learned my lesson when I couldn’t exit a freeway in the US due to not having any dollars with me 🙂 – Offline maps on my (Android) phone. – A wireless router with a local SIM card. Was extremely handy in Japan and NZ. – Antibacterial wipes – One roll of toilet paper (also a lesson learned 🙂 ) – flip flops for the hotel room

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  • Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country   where yellow fever occurs.


  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Contact a designated  Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre  well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that  country entry requirements  may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest  diplomatic or consular office  of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

Japanese encephalitis is a viral infection that can cause swelling of the brain.  It is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Risk is very low for most travellers. Travellers at relatively higher risk may want to consider vaccination for JE prior to travelling.

Travellers are at higher risk if they will be:

  • travelling long term (e.g. more than 30 days)
  • making multiple trips to endemic areas
  • staying for extended periods in rural areas
  • visiting an area suffering a JE outbreak
  • engaging in activities involving high contact with mosquitos (e.g., entomologists)

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

In this destination, rabies  may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. 

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife. 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

  • In this country, risk of  dengue  is sporadic. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Medical services and facilities

Health care is excellent. Service is available throughout the country.

Payment is expected at time of service.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Canada and Australia are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Australia to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Australian authorities. This process can take a long time and there is no guarantee that the transfer will be approved by either or both sides.

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences and heavy fines.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Imports and exports

There are very strict rules and quarantine measures regarding the importation of food and animal products. Information about items which you can and cannot bring to Australia is available from Australia’s Department of Home Affairs.

Immigration and Citizenship – Government of Australia

Traffic drives on the left.

Local authorities accept your overseas driving licence if the names on your licence match exactly those in your passport.

You must apply for a local licence if you intend to stay in Australia longer than 3 months.

Permits are required when travelling on Aboriginal territory.

You should carry an international driving permit.

  • Driving with an overseas licence – Government of Australia
  • More about the International Driving Permit

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Australia.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Australia, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and Australia.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Australia, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Australian court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Australia to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

The currency of Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD).

Bush and forest fires

Bush and forest fires are common between October and April, particularly in areas covered by bushes, long grass or coastal scrub. Elevated fire danger ratings and alert levels may be applied to affected areas. The air quality in areas near active fires may deteriorate due to heavy smoke.

In case of a major fire:

  • stay away from the affected area, particularly if you suffer from respiratory ailments
  • be prepared to modify your travel arrangements or even evacuate the area on short notice
  • follow the instructions of local emergency services personnel
  • monitor local media for up-to-date information on the situation

For current information, consult the relevant state or territory authorities.

Fire services

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • New South Wales
  • Northern Territory
  • South Australia
  • Western Australia

Rainy season

The rainy season extends from November to April. Severe flooding occurs annually, especially in the inland parts of the following states: 

Seasonal flooding can hamper overland travel and reduce the provision of essential services. Roads may become impassable and bridges damaged. 

  • Monitor local news and weather reports
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, including evacuation orders

Australia Rainfall and river conditions – Bureau of meteorology, Australian government

Cyclones usually occur from November to April. They may occur along the coastal areas of Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

During this period, even small storms can quickly develop into major cyclones. These severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services.

If you decide to travel to Australia during the cyclone season:

  • know that you expose yourself to serious safety risks
  • be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice, including cutting short or cancelling your trip
  • stay informed of the latest regional weather forecasts
  • carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
  • follow the advice and instructions of local authorities
  • Bureau of Meteorology – Government of Australia
  • Tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and monsoons
  • Large-scale emergencies abroad

Seismic activity

Australia is located in a seismic zone. Earthquakes may occur.

Local services

Dial 000 for emergency assistance.

Consular assistance

Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Northern Marianas, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu

New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory

For emergency consular assistance, call the High Commission of Canada in Australia, in Canberra, or the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Essential Visa Rules & Documents for Traveling to Australia

Planning a trip to australia make sure you are familiar with the visa rules and required documents. this essential guide provides all the necessary information you need before traveling down under. from visa types to necessary paperwork, stay informed and prepared for your australian adventure..

Essential Visa Rules & Documents for Traveling to Australia

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand Australia’s visa requirements based on nationality, purpose of visit, and length of stay, including options like tourist and working holiday visas (keywords: Australia visa rules, visa requirements).
  • Prepare necessary documents, such as a valid passport, visa application, proof of funds, and return ticket (keywords: visa documentation, required documents).
  • Apply for your Australian visa online, plan ahead for processing times, and consider travel insurance (keywords: applying for Australian visa, visa application process ).

Traveling to Australia: Visa Rules and Document Checklist

Australia is a place of vast landscapes, unique wildlife, and bustling cities. If you’re planning a venture down under, it’s crucial to understand the visa rules and prepare the required documentation to ensure a smooth journey.

Understanding Australia’s Visa Requirements

Before you pack your bags for Australia, determining the right visa is your first step. Your nationality, the purpose of your visit, and the length of your stay will dictate the type of visa you need.

Tourist Visa : If you’re planning a holiday or visiting family, a tourist visa, also known as a subclass 600 visa, is likely the one you need. It allows you to stay for up to 12 months.

Working Holiday Visa : Are you looking to work and travel? Young adults aged 18-30 can apply for a Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417 or subclass 462). These visas allow you to work while exploring Australia for up to a year.

There’s also a range of other visas for different purposes like business visits, studying, or longer-term work.

Also of Interest:

Schengen visa application: step-by-step guide, who needs a schengen visa.


Necessary Documentation

Having the correct documents is essential. Generally, here’s what you’ll need:

  • A valid passport with at least six months remaining before expiration.
  • A completed Australian visa application.
  • A recent passport-sized photograph.
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support your stay.
  • A return ticket or further travel plans.
  • Additional documents may be required depending on the specific visa, like health insurance or a letter of invitation.

Applying for Your Australian Visa

Visit the official Australian Home Affairs website to apply for your visa or to find comprehensive information regarding the visa process. Most visa applications can be completed online, which is both convenient and efficient.

If you are applying for a tourist visa, you can generally expect a decision within one month. Working Holiday Visas often have a faster turnaround time, while other visas might take longer. Plan ahead to avoid any hitches in your travel plans.

Tips Before Traveling

  • Double-check visa processing times and apply well in advance of your trip.
  • Consider travel insurance – it may not be mandatory but is highly recommended.
  • Keep electronic and physical copies of your visa and all documents with you while traveling.

By familiarizing yourself with Australia’s visa rules and having the necessary paperwork in order, you’ll be all set for an exciting and stress-free adventure down under. Safe travels!

So there you have it, mate! The visa rules and document checklist for traveling to Australia. From tourist visas to working holiday visas, there’s something for everyone. Just make sure your passport is in order, fill out that visa application, and stock up on your kangaroo repellent. And if you want more visa tips and info, head on over to visaverge.com. Happy travels, and don’t forget to send me a postcard from the land of koalas and Vegemite! Cheers! 🇦🇺🦘💼💼✈️✨ #visaverge

FAQ’s to know:

FAQ 1: What are the visa requirements for traveling to Australia?

To travel to Australia, you need to determine the right visa based on your nationality, purpose of visit, and length of stay. For holidays or family visits, a tourist visa (subclass 600) is typically required, allowing a stay of up to 12 months. Young adults aged 18-30 can apply for a Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417 or subclass 462) to work and travel for up to a year. It’s important to explore the range of visas available to match your specific needs, such as business visits, studying, or longer-term work.

FAQ 2: What documents do I need to travel to Australia?

To ensure a smooth journey, you’ll need several essential documents:

  • A valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining.

Additional documents may be required, depending on the specific visa you’re applying for, such as health insurance or a letter of invitation. It’s crucial to check the requirements specific to your visa type and prepare any additional documents accordingly.

FAQ 3: How can I apply for an Australian visa?

To apply for an Australian visa, visit the official Australian Home Affairs website. Most visa applications can be completed online for convenience and efficiency. The processing time may vary depending on the visa type. Tourist visas generally have a one-month turnaround time, while Working Holiday Visas often have a faster processing time. It’s advisable to check the visa processing times and plan ahead by applying well in advance of your trip to prevent any delays. Remember to keep electronic and physical copies of your visa and all supporting documents while traveling.

What did you learn? Answer below to know:

  • What is the maximum length of stay allowed on a tourist visa in Australia? a) 6 months b) 9 months c) 12 months d) 15 months
  • Which type of visa allows young adults aged 18-30 to work and travel in Australia? a) Tourist visa b) Business visa c) Student visa d) Working Holiday visa
  • What is one essential document required for an Australian visa application? a) Travel insurance b) Letter of invitation c) Proof of employment d) Medical certificate


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Australia Packing List • 23 Items you NEED (2024)

As the world’s sixth largest country Australia is every adventure traveler’s wonderland with its endless offerings of things to see and do. Whether you’re up for some serious water activities – like surfing, scuba diving, whitewater rafting – or camping the Outback, hiking through the rainforest, or enjoying an evening of culture at the opera – Australia won’t disappoint!

But before heading out to the Land Down Under, you’ll have to prepare a game plan for what to pack for Australia. With eight states and territories with varying climates knowing what your Australia packing essentials are isn’t so obvious.

Thankfully you’ve come to our Australia survival guide – where we’ll walk you through your what to get pack for Australia undertaking step by step!.

So, sit back, have a read and start getting excited about all the fun you’ll be getting yourself into. One thing is for sure, those Aussies know how to show their visitors a good time!

Ready? Let’s get to it.

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The Ultimate Australia Packing List

What to pack for australia checklist: personal gear, final thoughts on what to pack for australia.

Nomatic 30L Travel Bag

Nomatic Travel Bag

  • Capacity > 30L
  • Price > $299

Nomatic Carry on Pro

Nomatic Navigator Carry On

  • Capacity > 37L
  • Price > $400

GoPro Hero 11

GoPro Hero 11

  • Resolution > 5k

Arc'teryx Beta AR Jacket review

Arc’teryx Beta AR Jacket

  • Price > $600

World Nomads Travel Insurance

Insurance From World Nomads

  • Price > Click For a Quote

Failure to back adequately for Australia could really boomerang. To avoid any “packing malfunctions” check out our advice on what to bring to Australia.

Nomatic Travel Bag

Best Backpack For Australia:  Nomatic Travel Bag

Before you even take on the task of figuring out what to pack for Australia, you’ll need an amazing backpack to pack it all into. For all types of travelers and destinations, our number one recommendation is the  Nomatic Travel Bag .

The Nomatic travel bag covers every detail to make backpacking travel the best experience. Because of its smart design, it manages to provide loads of packing space in a convenient, carry-on size package! Its handy built-in pockets make plenty of room for all the necessities on your what to pack for Australia checklist – you’ll find separate compartments for important items like shoes, water bottle, electronics, underwear and socks. As an added bonus, there’s also an RFID-safe and cord management pocket.

You have a choice between backpack or duffel bag carry, and extra carrying comfort for your back thanks to its innovative strap system and detachable sternum strap. And its black, waterproof material is every bit sleek and modern as it is durable and tough. There is a reason why most Broke Backpacker staff swear by this backpack. 

Nomatic Carry On Pro

Best Suitcase For Australia:  Nomatic Carry-On Pro

Backpacks not your thing? That’s ok. Our friends at Nomatic are back again with a great alternative to their badass Travel Bag; the Nomatic Carry-On Pro. 

This suitcase is ultra-durable, sleek, and comes with a handy tech compartment for transporting your laptop and other electronic bits. Nomatic has been an industry leader when it comes to travel gear and that reputation is reflected in the quality build design and functionality of the Carry-On Pro suitcase. The beauty of taking a carry on case is that you will be able to take full advantage of the cheap domestfic flights you can bag in Australia.

Check out our  Nomatic Carry-On Pro review  to learn more about this epic suitcase. 

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Best Camera For Australia:  GoPro Hero9 Black

For most of us, our smartphones now feature cameras with stunning photo capabilities.

But… if you are an aspiring photographer who wants to take next-level photos and video beyond iPhone selfies, I recommend going with an action camera like the  GoPro Hero9 Black .

It does deliver pro-quality video and gives you a bunch of a different angle options and shooting speeds to work with for photos (including a selfie-mode). It also has a level of water-proofing that it good the Great Barrier Reef.

Think of a camera purchase like this as a long term investment that will have you capturing epic shots well beyond your time exploring here.If you are looking for something cheaper for video specifically, check out these epic  GoPro Alternatives .

Wandrd Packing Cubes

Packing Cubes For Australia – Wandrd Packing Cubes

In case you have never used them, packing cubes are little compression cubes that allow you to neatly pack clothes in in order to help facilitate better packing. They allow you to pack more stuff, and to keep it all better organised.

For the longest time, I thought that packing cubes were a superfluous indulgence, but boy was I wrong. Now I never travel without a few. These ones from WANDRD are great quality and excellent value for money. Get them on your Australia packing list now!

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Best Sim For Australia – HolaFly eSim

The good news about Australia is that there is extensive 4g and 5g Internet coverage offering ready access to taxi apps and food delivery apps. The bad news is that your native SIM card will most probably not work and so you will not be able to access any of this online goodness until you rectify that particular situation.

You can waste time hanging around phone shops queuing to get a plastic sim or you can simply install a eSim onto your phone before you leave home. You just access the HolaFly site, choose the relevant package, download it and off you go – you are online the moment you land at the airport. eSims are easier to set up and better than the environment than plastic sims. The downside is that not all phones are eSim ready.

Matador Nano Towel

Best Travel Towel For Australia – Matador Packable Towel

Towels are essential backpacking gear as a lot of hostels don’t provide them or if they do, they may not really be all that clean. However don’t bring a ‘normal’ towel on your backpacking journeys, they are big and take up loads of room in your pack and they take ages to dry.

Travel pros like use micro-fibre dry towels that roll up into tiny, space saving proportions AND they dry unbelievably quick. Granted, they are not quite as comforting as a cotton towel but its a trade of that travellers need to make. A good micro-fibre travel towers is essential travel gear on any ultimate backpacking gear list.

Whilst the climate does vary across Australia and with the seasons, it is generally a warm country. Summer’s are VERY hot and even the Melbourne winters can be survived comfortably with nothing more than a jacket.

That said, there are some mountainous regions and these can get chilly and icy in winter – do you research before you head out. Oh and remember that if you are visiting Australia in December, that is summer in Oz and June is winter!

We are going to tell you how to dress in Australia (but a hat with corks dangling from it would be fetching), instead our list will suggest some useful travel goodies.

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Salomon X Ultra 3 Low Aero

Most Auzzies I met in Europe and South America seemed to live in flip-flops (or thongs). However, that does not mean that this is suitable footwear for wearing down under. Your trip to Oz will probably involve a lot of walking and general adventure-stuff. Good shoes are a must.

I admit that most shoes that are also good for hiking are not the most attractive pieces of footwear. But they are some of the most comfortable and deliver good ankle support for a long day of going walkabout on your Australia adventure .

Check out the  women’s Salomon X Ultra 3 Low Aero . 

Osprey Daylite Plus

Osprey Daylite Plus

If you intend on doing any hiking or camping, then you shall need a daypack. They are great for carrying water, and clothes and for packing sandwiches for lunch. We love Osprey products and this daypack is our personal pick.

The Osprey Daylite Plus has a mesh-covered panel to keep your back cool and fresh by minimizing contact with the back of the pack itself and allowing air to get between you and the pack.

Check out our   full review of the Osprey Daylite plus  for more details.

Additionally, you can attach it to other Osprey packs in case you want to add more capacity and carry just one piece of luggage… but the reviews on this feature are mixed.

packable travel medical kit

Travel First Aid Kit

You don’t need to tote around half a pharmacy, but a well-stocked first aid kit should be in all our backpacks. Stuff happens on the road and it’s inconvenient and embarrassing when you can’t manage small situations like a cut finger or hangover migraine.

You can tuck this lifesaver away in a forgotten pocket – and it’ll be there when you need it.

Tip: Add a few bits and pieces to the first aid kit after you purchase it, like extra headache medicine, any personal meds you need (like allergy pills), whatever you take to calm your stomach and a few more plasters.

Travel Insurance From World Nomads

ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing .

They offer month-to-month payments, no lock-in contracts, and require absolutely no itineraries: that’s the exact kind of insurance long-term travellers and digital nomads need.

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SafetyWing is cheap, easy, and admin-free: just sign up lickety-split so you can get back to it!

Click the button below to learn more about SafetyWing’s setup or read our insider review for the full tasty scoop.

OluKai Upena Sandals

OluKai ‘Ohana Flip-Flops

Circling back to the footwear question, now we are going to talk about sandals. Whilst you do need good shoes for all that adventure stuff, a good pair of Jandals is perfect for the beach, for hanging out in the hostel and even for some city slicking.

When you visit Australia, your feet will end up tired and sweaty from those long days wearing shoes so do yourself a favor: pack sandals and give your feet some well-deserved cushion and fresh air. These Olukai flip flops are ultra-comfortable, well-made, and come in a variety of colors. 

Check out the  women’s OluKai ‘Ohana Flip-Flops .

patagonia trucker hat

Patagonia Fitz Roy Trucker

As you should know by now, the sun in Australia is intense and you will undoubtedly be spending a lot of time outside. Having a hat on your Australia packing list is a good way to ensure your face is protected from the sun throughout the day. 

Patagonia makes great hats. I have probably bought three or four of these over the last five years. Simple. Practical. Comfortable. That is what you are after especially if you are headed into Australia’s national parks .

Pacsafe belt

Money Belt By Pacsafe

Whilst Australia is not particularly dangerous (except for spiders crocodiles, snakes and boozed up bogans), crime can still happen and tourists are sometimes targeted.

Therefore it is always a good idea to use a money belt to hide your cash just in case something does go wrong.

If you get mugged by a Kangaroo, then at least it won’t get your cash!

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Hydroflask Vacuum Bottle 32 oz. 

Packing a reusable water bottle is probably the best thing you can personally do to combat single-use plastic bottle use whilst traveling. There is simply zero need to buy plastic water bottles.

We love the Hydroflask Vacum Bottle for its quality and because it keeps cold water  cold  for many hours and vice versa for hot beverages. This bottle is the ideal water bottle to get not just for Australia trip but for daily use. Please don’t be that person buying plastic water bottles. We are all judging you…especially mother earth. 

If you go with the Hydroflask, you’ll probably never need to buy another waterbottle again.

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There are loads of hostels in Australia but to be honest, they ain’t cheap. Furthermore, the country offers some amazing camping opportunities. Therefore, to save money and get the most from the Oz experience, pack a good tent.

This is one is a great all rounder. It’s not “ultralight” but is still pretty comfortable when packed into your backpack. As far as budget backpacking tents go, this is one of the best. It’s a happy medium between the ‘prepared for anything’ mode and the ‘I wanted to go for a trek so I bought this for 2000 rupees’ afterthought.

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At some point in your trip to Australia, you will probably go camping or at the very least will spend a night at a hostel with insufficient bedding, or with dirty bedding that you would rather not lay in. Therefore bringing a sleeping bag is often a great investment.

There are a LOT of sleeping bags on the market today and we have tried a lot of them. The quality and standards varies and not always in correlation with the price – pricey does not always mean better. The Nemo Disco 15 is a great all rounder sleeping bag packing in warmth, durability and a reasonable price tag.

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Hanging Toiletry Bag

Another backpacker/traveler favorite for staying organized is a  hanging toiletry bag . It’s extremely helpful to have all of your accessories neatly gathered in one bag that you can hang for easy accessibility, especially when counter space isn’t plentiful or even available. A well-organized bag is worth having whether you’re tree whilst camping or a hook in the wall – it helps to have quick access to all your stuff.

Historically, I have been the guy who has my stuff all over the bathroom, so getting one of these things really changed the toiletry game for me. Plus they are not too expensive either. A no-brainer essential when packing for Australia.

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Suncream:  Thinksport Safe SPF 50+

By now, all of us are as pasty as the driven snow from sheltering in place for the last six months. Am I right? This means we are even more vulnerable than usual to the sun’s fierce rays. Packing sunscreen for Australia may seem like a no brainer, but you would be amazed how many sun-burned cocktail-toting people you see wandering around. 

Thinksport Safe SPF 50+ sunscreen gives folks strong sun protection in a non-oily formula that’s free of gluten, paraben, phthalates and biologically harmful chemicals.

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If you’re super excited to see just how much adventure you can pack into your experience in the Land Down Under, we don’t blame you! Be ready to wear your biggest smile, embrace life, and be open to making new memories and new friends. In other words – just do as the Aussies do!

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The Ultimate Australia Checklist For A Perfect Trip

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Getting your Australian Trip ready takes energy; filtering all the information online can be time-consuming. There’s nothing that outweighs personal experience, though. That’s where the biggest takeaway is. We learn from travel mistakes to tweak and fine-tune our future trips and help us travel better and more thoughtfully. This Australia checklist is the outcome of 15 years of solo travel adventures in Australia.

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Travel Checklist for Australia

Here is a travel planning checklist that I always go through before going to Australia. Make yourself familiar before you go to the airport and jump onto the BIG country’s overseas flight.

Passport and Tourist Visa for Australia

Ensure you have the required documents and a tourist visa for Australia and that your passport is valid for at least six months before departure. Also, ensure all your bookings are confirmed and digital copies safely stored in your phone or email box folder.

What things can you bring into Australia?

Due to Quarantine regulations , you cannot bring a list of items and food into the country. Dairy and fresh products are a no-no, but wooden souvenirs and other things are strictly forbidden. You will be asked to fill in a passenger card before landing. So be prepared, and you’d better say what you have inside your checked luggage to avoid an unpleasant surprise and fine. Here are all the things you cannot do in Australia .

What to pack for your trip

Australia is a tricky destination. Although many places offer the best conditions for enjoying your time outdoors, with plenty of sunshine and warm temps throughout the year, it can be unforgiving cold at night. Also, windy and rainy days are not unusual, especially in coastline locations. So, it is wise to wear proper clothing when travelling around Australia. This packing list for Australia will help you prepare for your trip.

Long flights suck – be prepared

A trip to Australia means nearly 24 hours spent at airports and on planes. Accurate information is critical to help prepare for long-haul flights , optimise layovers with connecting flights , and recover quickly from jet lag. Pack these flight essentials and know what to wear on the plane .

Don’t skimp on your safety

You never know what will happen when you travel. Because Australia is a remote destination, medical care and extra travel expenses are enormous. For this reason, travel insurance is vital to cover you against medical emergencies and non-medical emergencies like accidents, loss of personal items, etc.

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The first things to do when arriving in Australia

After a 24-hour journey, the first thing you may think about is resting and having a shower when you get off the aeroplane. No! Be focused and make the most of the first moments after arriving at the incoming Australian Airport and going through this handy checklist.

Get Cash at the airport by using an ATM

You can withdraw money with debit or credit cards, whereas debit cards have lower fees and better exchange rates. But don’t exchange money at a counter because you will get the worst exchange rates. The ATM exchange rate is the best for low charges , and I only use them to get cash when travelling around Australia.

Purchase an Australian SIM Card

As much as the digital world has made it easy for us to stay in touch with our friends and family abroad, you’ll need a local Australian mobile number to get around Australia safely.

 This way, you can make as many local calls as you want, search for the best accommodation and car rental deals, and make the most out of Google Maps to ensure you don’t get lost. Please don’t use your usual mobile number; roaming charges will cost you a fortune. A range of providers offer reasonable mobile plans. However, Alosim stands out from the competition with unlimited calls and texts, no lock-in contracts and data—more info about all Internet and Sim Cards  options.

Visit the local Tourist Information Office

When arriving in Australia, one of the first things to do is to visit the local visitor information centres . While there are some offices at the airports, those in the city centre have a wealth of information.

You will not only learn about the attractions and what’s happening in the city, but it’s also a great place to get tips and advice on how to get around. You will also learn about free guided tours of the area and the best places to eat out, which will help you avoid overpriced tourist eateries.

Get familiar with the Australian customs

In Australia, many things are different from anywhere else. Alone shopping hours are mostly like office hours. In shopping malls, the closing time for shops is between 5.00 and 6.00 pm. Only supermarkets are open till 8.00 pm. So make sure you get accustomed to this when travelling around the country.

Purchase a Travel Card or a Public Transport Card

In cities, don’t take a taxi. There are plenty of opportunities to get around and spend less. All Australian cities have a free city bus network. Sydney has the 555 bus, Melbourne has the free city trams, and Perth has the blue, yellow and green cat. All main Australian cities offer public transport cards for a small fee. And the Sydney Opal card is free. If you plan to stay at least one week, it’s worth getting one of these cards to save money on transportation.

Travelling around Australia Checklist

Distances in Australia are vast, and getting around from A to B is not something you should take lightly. Ensure you have planned your itinerary thoughtfully by allocating the right time for each place without wasting time getting around .

Flying in Australia – Check baggage allowances

Flying within Australia is usually the quickest way to get from A to B. Book your flight in advance and know the baggage allowances and restrictions. Most airlines in Australia have 15-20 kg, but Virgin and Qantas have 23 kg per checked bag. Here is a complete checklist with all baggage rules and weight restrictions in Australia .

Road Tripping in Australia – Beware of Driving Rules

Many people say that no Australian adventure is complete without a road trip. And I cannot agree more. Driving in Australia is different from driving in the rest of the world. Getting familiar with the Australian driving rules is a must.

Next, you need to consider that out of town, you drive in remote countryside with fewer facilities than going on the left. There may be a petrol station every 100-150 km in some places. Especially in the Outback, you must get a map of the petrol station and know what you are doing. Download the appropriate travel apps to help you stay safe on Australian roads.

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Ryan Biddulph November 12, 2018 @ 3:41 pm

All good to know, Michela. We experienced the similar quarantine thing this year in New Zealand. I kept telling my wife she’d need to throw out peanuts bought in Thailand. After 7 signs posted in the airport, she got the message LOL.

Samantha December 27, 2018 @ 11:49 pm

Great list and could prob be useful in most foreign countries. Sydney is high on our bucket list and I hope to visit someday soon to tour the Opera House. Looks so beautiful. Thanks for the sharing the great suggestions.

Michela December 28, 2018 @ 10:54 am

Hi Samantha, glad to hear this Australia Travel Checklist is helpful for your trip to Australia. Sydney has a very scenic harbour, and the Opera House is indeed a very beautiful iconic architecture.

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There's a 95 percent chance Senior Editor Christine Sarkis is thinking about travel right now. Follow her on Instagram @postcartography and Twitter @ChristineSarkis .

Christine Sarkis is an SATW-award-winning journalist and executive editor at SmarterTravel. Her stories have also appeared on USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, Huffington Post, and Business Insider. Her advice has been featured in dozens of print and online publications including The New York Times , Conde Nast Traveler , and People magazine. She has also shared travel tips on television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Marketplace, and Here & Now. Her work has been published in the anthologies Spain from a Backpack and The Best Women's Travel Writing 2008 . She is currently working on a travel memoir.

The Handy Item I Always Pack : The Trtl Pillow . It's easy to pack and comfortable, and makes it so I can actually sleep on flights.

Ultimate Bucket List Experience : Seeing the Aurora Borealis from the comfort of somewhere warm, like a glass igloo or hot spring.

Travel Motto : Curiosity is an amazing compass.

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat : Aisle all the way.

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Packing mishaps range from inconvenient (heading to the Caribbean without a swimsuit) to disastrous (discovering you left the country without your wallet), but most are preventable. We’ve created this ultimate packing list to help you pack well every time.

The Ultimate Packing Checklist

To see the ultimate packing list, scroll down the page or click here for an editable PDF version that you can save or print out. To customize the list, simply download or print it, then edit for your specific needs. You can also download the editable, mobile-friendly checklist here .

Clothes to Pack

  • Dress Shirts
  • Casual Shirts
  • Sweatshirts
  • Laundry Kit
  • Leisure Shoes
  • Hiking Boots
  • Dress Shoes
  • Collapsible Tote

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Toiletries to Pack

  • Dental Floss
  • Conditioner
  • Styling Tools
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Face Lotion
  • Moisturizer
  • Contact Lenses
  • Contact Solution
  • Shaving Supplies
  • Makeup Remover
  • Menstrual Products
  • Birth Control/Medication
  • Nail Clippers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • First-Aid Ointment
  • Insect Repellent
  • Pain Relievers

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Miscellaneous Items

  • Laptop/Tablet
  • Film/Memory Card
  • List of Medications
  • Banking Contacts/Information
  • Electronic Chargers
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Copy of Passport
  • Plug Adapter

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What to Pack in Your Carry-on

  • Books or E-Books
  • Travel Blanket
  • Travel Pillow
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Change of Clothes
  • Empty Water Bottle
  • In-Flight Medications
  • Passport/Visa/ID
  • Credit/ATM cards
  • Insurance Cards
  • Maps/Directions

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Packing Tips for Clothes and Other Items

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When packing for a vacation the most important things to keep in mind are the length of your trip, the weather, and any non-standard clothing or gear you might need.

Your first step when packing is to decide if you’ll be checking a bag or only taking a carry-on and then curate the amount of clothing you’ll need based on that decision. Typically, you should avoid checking a bag in situations where you have a layover since the likelihood of your bag going missing goes up with every connection . You might also want to avoid checking a bag if you absolutely need items in your bag on arrival—for example, if you’re going on a cruise.

If you’re packing more minimally, focus on packing layering clothes in more neutral colors. That’s not because we don’t like fun colors and patterns; it just means that neutral-colored clothing is more versatile, so you can wear these items more than once when you’re tight on space.

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Also invest in clothing that does double duty, like multi-use wraps , crushable hats , self-cooling and heating fabrics like merino wool layers , bug-repellent clothing , wrinkle-resistant shirts, quick-drying activewear and undergarments, casual sneakers, UPF-proof clothing , and compressible jackets … just to name a few. Look toward popular athleisure brands like Lululemon , prAna , and Athleta for comfortable yet stylish travel clothing.

When curating your packing list, you should keep in mind the length of your trip and decide on quantities from there. For a shorter trip (three to five days), you can probably manage with the following: one pair of underwear and socks per day, one pair of pajamas, one to two dressier outfits, one to two activewear or athleisure outfits, one to two casual outfits, and one to two pairs of shoes. For a longer trip (over a week), you can manage with one pair of underwear and socks per day, two pairs of pajamas, three dressier outfits, three to four casual outfits, two pairs of shoes, and two activewear or athleisure outfits.

And if you’re able to do laundry on your vacation, you can probably manage with even fewer items. Just don’t forget to pack a travel laundry kit .

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Also make sure to bring along accessories like a money belt, scarf or sarong (can be used for things like an airplane blanket , coverup at the beach, or to throw over your dress on a cool evening), and a collapsible tote or day bag for any extra items you might acquire on your travels. If traveling to a city or destination that is prone to pickpocketing, make sure to pack some pickpocket-proof clothing and gear .

Depending on the type of trip you’re going on, you may need to invest in some special travel gear. We’ve tested out everything from waterproof baby carriers to interchangeable heels , so you can trust our recommendations. If you’re headed out on an organized group tour , you’ll most likely get a packing list from the tour provider, which should make your trip planning easier. If not, do your research online (one tip is to look at locations on Instagram and see what people are wearing) and consult this story for other handy lists of tips.

For more active trips, make sure you have a sturdy pair of hiking boots, quick-drying clothing, a day pack, snacks, and any necessary equipment. Check out our specific packing lists for hiking trips and camping trips .

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Another type of trip that you may need to pack slightly specific items for is a cruise . Make sure you pack non-standard items like seasickness remedies, formal wear, dress shoes, and your bathing suit. Beach vacations also require different items like water shoes, towels, sunscreen, and maybe even snorkel gear. Luckily for you, we also have a specific cruise packing list and a beach vacation packing list .

Lastly, you need to consider the weather. For warm-weather destinations like jungles and Caribbean islands, you can obviously skip the coats and gloves, but if you’re headed out on a ski vacation then you’ll need a whole slew of things like goggles, a neck gaiter, snow boots, and more. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a specific Caribbean vacation packing list , a Mexico vacation packing list , and even a ski trip packing list .

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To help keep things organized, we love using packing cubes and/or compression sacks. They’re especially useful for when you’re traveling to multiple destinations in one trip.

Wondering how to pack all of your items? Enter the great debate of the rolling vs. folding method! While this is definitely a personal preference, we put two editors to the test to find out which method is in fact, more space-saving. Watch the video below to see the answer.

How to Pack Toiletries and Medications

Whether it’s important medication or your favorite lipstick, forgetting any type of toiletry can range from being mildly inconvenient to becoming a serious problem. For toiletries, make sure to pack your essentials, like medication, contacts, and any other items that you might not be able to purchase or replace during your travels. (Put them in your carry-on bag, not your checked suitcase.) However, if you forget items like a toothbrush or razor, you can typically call the front desk at the hotel for a spare.

We also recommend traveling with some type of a travel first-aid kit , which includes items like tweezers, first-aid ointment, bandages, travel-sized hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Make sure to check TSA guidelines if you’re traveling with medication , as well as the policies and regulations at your destination.

Packing Tips for Everything Else …

Traveling without tech items like your phone, laptop, tablet, or camera can be a major bummer. For those traveling abroad, you’ll also want to remember to pack electronic adapters and converters . Other tech-related items for photographers to pack are a sturdy camera bag , backup batteries, and memory cards, as well as lens cleaner. And don’t forget smartphone essentials like a backup charger, waterproof case if you’re headed out on the water, and a phone stand or tripod for photos.

A travel packing tip we’ve learned the hard way? Travel with a copy of your passport, credit card, and bank contacts, as well as a list of medications and your emergency contacts.

If you are traveling abroad, we have an entire checklist for you, but the most important thing to note here is your passport and visas . Make sure that your passport is up to date, has as least six months of validity, and has enough blank pages for any stamps. Another tip for international travel? Give yourself plenty of time to apply for any visas that you might need and to arrange for a visit to a travel clinic if any special medications or vaccines are needed. You should also familiarize yourself with any remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions at your destination.

There are also some items that you may not think to pack, but should, like an electronic tracker , duct tape , toilet paper, a decoy wallet, or a whistle.

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What to Always Pack in Your Carry-on Bag

In case you’re separated from your checked bag or other items, you should always make sure that you have your ID, wallet, house keys, medications, valuables, camera, phone, laptop, tablet, pen, cash and cards, glasses, and copy of your itinerary with you on the plane.

Other items that you might want to have handy with you include entertainment for your flight, comfort-promoting items like a blanket or pillow, as well as an empty water bottle to fill up post-security (here is a list of our favorites ), a change of clothes (just in case your luggage is lost or delayed), snacks, and gum.

If you’re looking to pack carry-on only, you guessed it: We also have a separate packing list and tips for that, as well as the best bags to use for carry-on only .

What to Pack to Stay Healthy While Traveling

The pandemic has significantly changed the way we travel and, by extension, the items we prioritize in our luggage. While many destinations have loosened or entirely lifted COVID-19 restrictions, some venues and events may still require a mask or proof of vaccination/negative COVID test to enter. Plan ahead to see if any activities on your itinerary have restrictions in place.

Sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer , while always a good idea to have on hand at the airport , have become absolute carry-on musts. Wiping down areas like your tray table, airplane seat armrest, and hotel television remote can spare you from a variety of common travel bugs.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2013. It has been updated to reflect the most current information. Ashley Rossi contributed to this story.

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Flying to australia soon, latest update: 5 july 2022, covid-19 border restrictions to be lifted.

The  Australian Government  is changing COVID-19 border restrictions for arrivals from 00:01am (AEST) Wednesday 6 July 2022, including:

  • Passengers travelling to Australia will no longer be required to provide evidence of vaccination.
  • Unvaccinated visa holders will not require a travel exemption.
  • Passengers will not be required to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD).

As of June 1,  you will no longer require a COVID-19 PCR  test to transit via Hong Kong when flying to Australia.

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Our colleagues welcoming you at the airport will check the following documents. Your documents will also be checked multiple times by officials on arrival in Australia. Therefore, we strongly recommend you have printed copies ready for your convenience.

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This advice reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British citizen’ passport from the UK, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Australia set and enforce entry rules. If you’re not sure how these requirements apply to you, contact Australia’s High Commission in the UK.

COVID-19 rules

You do not need a pre-departure COVID-19 test to enter or transit Australia regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status. See the Australian government’s website for advice on COVID-19 and travelling.

COVID-19 quarantine requirements

Each state and territory determines its own quarantine rules. You should check requirements for specific states and territories .

Passport validity requirements

For entry into Australia, your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. If you’re transiting another country on your way to or from Australia, check the entry requirements for that country. Many countries will only allow entry if you have at least 6 months validity remaining on your passport.

Visa requirements

British citizens can usually get the following types of electronic visitor visa:

  • eVisitor visa . There is no visa application charge or service fee
  • Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) via the iOS App or Android App . There is no visa application charge, but a service fee of A$20 may apply

Information on all other types of visa is available from the Department of Home Affairs .

Working holiday visa

Thousands of Britons travel to Australia each year on a working holiday visa and the vast majority have no issues. Working conditions, accommodation and medical facilities are generally of a good standard.

You can find information about your rights as an employee in Australia and how to report any concerns about unfair or unlawful treatment on the Fair Work Ombudsman website , or by calling 131 394.

Get more information about working in Australia .

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If you’re a British national living in Australia with Australian citizenship, or a dual national, it is best to leave and enter Australia on your Australian passport. You could face difficulties and delays if you do not. See Australian government advice for dual nationals .

Vaccination requirements (other than COVID-19)

At least 8 weeks before your trip, check the vaccinations and certificates you need in TravelHealthPro’s Australia guide .

Quarantine of goods

Australia has strict quarantine rules to keep out pests and diseases that could affect plant, animal or human health.

You must fill out an Incoming Passenger Card and either:

  • declare any risk goods including food, animal products and plant material (including wooden articles)
  • dispose of any risk goods in the bins at the airport or sea port

All luggage is x-rayed on arrival. Any items of concern are further inspected, treated and if necessary confiscated and destroyed. You can be heavily fined for breaches of quarantine regulations.

You can find more information on the Department of Agriculture website .

You will also be asked to declare whether you have ‘visited a rural area, or been in contact with, or near, farm animals outside Australia in the past 30 days’.

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The ultimate cyber spring-cleaning checklist

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Spring is not just a time for dusting off shelves and donating old clothes; it's also the perfect season to declutter and organize your digital space.

A cluttered digital space can lead to stress, decreased productivity, and even make you more susceptible to cyber threats. So, let’s dive into the comprehensive guide to mastering your digital wellbeing this spring with our ultimate cyber spring-cleaning series.  

Decluttering your digital home  

Digital clutter, while not visible, can weigh just as heavily on your mind and devices. Start by deleting duplicate files and tidying up your desktop with tools like CCleaner to enhance performance. Trim your inbox by deleting outdated emails and unsubscribing from unneeded newsletters with services like Unroll.me. And don't forget about your bookmarks; curate them as meticulously as you would your wardrobe, keeping only what's necessary and relevant.  

While you’re at it, give your social media a thorough scrub. Unfollow inactive accounts and disconnect from those no longer adding value to your digital life. Installing a robust, bespoke monitoring solution, like Avast One Silver , can help safeguard your social media from suspicious activity, ensuring a cleaner and safer online presence.  

Lastly, don't ignore the physical aspects of your digital life. Old devices lying around? Consider recycling or donating them but remember to securely wipe out all personal data before parting with them. This not only frees up space in your home but also ensures your information remains private.  

Checklist for decluttering your digital home 

  • Delete duplicate files : Use tools like CCleaner to remove unnecessary copies.  
  • Trim your inbox : Unsubscribe from unwanted newsletters and delete old emails.  
  • Curate bookmarks : Keep only relevant and frequently visited websites.  
  • Scrub social media : Unfollow inactive accounts and install security monitoring software like Avast One Silver.  
  • Dispose of digital trash : Securely erase data from old devices before recycling or donating.  

Maintaining your digital home 

Now that you've decluttered, maintaining this newfound digital zen is crucial. Keep your devices updated to ward off security breaches and ensure they're running smoothly. Regularly review and adjust your social media privacy settings to control what information you share online.  

Wifi security is another cornerstone of a well-maintained digital home. Change your wifi password from the default to something unique and challenging to ensure hackers can't easily access your network. Regularly refresh your passwords to keep your digital doors locked tightly against intruders.  

Lastly, integrate antivirus software across your devices. Avast One Silver not only provides comprehensive antivirus protection but also covers credit and social media monitoring, identity theft resolution, and premium technical support, safeguarding up to 30 devices under one umbrella.  

Checklist for maintaining your digital home 

  • Update your devices : Enable automatic software updates .  
  • Check privacy settings : Regularly review social media and device privacy settings.  
  • Secure your wifi: Change the default password and opt for a strong, unique one.  
  • Refresh passwords : Change passwords regularly and ensure they are robust.  
  • Use antivirus software : Install and update Avast One Silver across all devices.  

  Organizing your digital home  

An organized digital space can significantly enhance your daily life. Develop a system that helps you manage your files, emails, and online accounts effectively. Sort essential documents into clearly labeled folders and back them up to prevent loss. Email management is also vital; create specific folders for different categories to streamline your inbox.  

Practicing password hygiene is like installing a top-notch security system for your digital home. Regularly update your passwords and ensure they're strong and unique to keep your accounts secure. Sweep your devices for malware and other threats with reliable security software like Avast One Silver, which offers additional services like identity theft protection and dark web monitoring.  

Finally, curate your files and apps regularly. Unneeded files can clog your storage and slow down your devices, much like clutter in a physical home. Conduct a digital audit semi-annually to keep your storage lean and your devices running efficiently.  

Checklist for organizing your digital home 

  • Develop a digital organization system : Create and label folders for important files.  
  • Organize email accounts : Use separate accounts for personal and work emails and create labeled folders.  
  • Practice password hygiene : Regularly update and strengthen passwords .  
  • Audit digital storage : Periodically review and delete unnecessary files and apps.  

By following these guidelines, not only will you create a cleaner, more organized digital environment, but you'll also enhance your online security and peace of mind. Spring cleaning isn't just for your physical spaces; make it a point to include your digital realm as well. Here's to a productive, serene, and safe spring season!

Happy spring cleaning!  

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This February’s  eBirder of the Month  challenge, sponsored by  ZEISS,  encourages precise eBirding through eBird Mobile. The  free eBird Mobile app  for iOS and Android takes the guesswork out of how far and how long you were birding, so you can just focus on the birds!

The eBirder of the Month will be drawn from eBirders who  submit 20 or more  eligible checklists  with eBird Mobile ‘tracks’ less than 5 km (3 mi) in February . Travel is not required for this month’s challenge—even stationary checklists will include eBird Mobile GPS tracks. Just make sure you’re using the latest version of eBird Mobile and keep track recording on!

If you accidentally leave the track running after you finish birding  (we’ve all done it) remember to edit the track  before  submitting the checklist. Tap the map icon to the right of the distance box to adjust your track’s start and end points. Learn more about  editing eBird Mobile GPS tracks .

Why tracks less than 5 km (3 mi)?  The shorter the distance traveled, the more precisely researchers can link birds to the habitats where they are found. Precise habitat information is essential for outputs like eBird’s  cutting-edge abundance maps and habitat charts .

The ability to create GPS tracks is one of eBird Mobile’s most exciting features. Imagine visiting a hotspot and being able to see where other people have birded, or getting a list of likely birds by habitat rather than location. Advanced birding tools and research applications like these are closer than you think as more birders use eBird Mobile with GPS tracks.

February’s winner will receive a new  ZEISS SFL 8×40  binocular and will be notified by the 10th of the following month. Each month we will feature a new eBird challenge and set of selection criteria. Now is the time to start submitting lists for the  2024 Checklist-a-day Challenge!

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