Passports & Visas/Health/Foreign Office Advice/Travel Insurance
Travel aware - staying safe and healthy abroad
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For the latest travel advice from DFAT including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check https://www.dfat.gov.au/travel/visas/visas-for-australians-travelling-overseas or https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/before-you-go/the-basics/visas. The advice can change so check regularly for updates.
Before you depart:
- Check your passport is valid, fill out the emergency details, look after it while travelling and keep it in a safe place. Make sure you have all the necessary visas for the country you are visiting.
- You MUST take out appropriate travel insurance before travelling and make sure it covers you for all the activities you want to do.
- Learn about the laws, customs and entry requirements of the country you’re visiting and understand how they differ from home, check https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/before-you-go/laws.
- Make copies of important travel documents, take a picture or make copies and store them securely using a secure data storage site.
- Research vaccinations or any other medical requirements for your destination, and if necessary visit a travel health clinic before you travel.
- For medical advice check https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/before-you-go/health.
- Tell your friends or family about your travel plans and where you’re going and leave emergency contact details.
- Take enough money with you and have access to emergency funds.
- Ensure you take the contact details of the local Australian Consulate in case of emergencies - https://www.dfat.gov.au/about-us/our-locations/missions/our-embassies-and-consulates-overseas
- Understand what consular staff can and can’t do to help Australian nationals travelling overseas, check https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/consular-services/consular-services-charter.
- Act responsibly, and be responsible for yourself when abroad.
Travel to the USA
If you're visiting for less than 90 days, you may be eligible for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and be able to enter under the Visa Waiver Program. If you're not eligible, you'll need a visa. Each traveller, including children, must have their own ESTA and visa waiver or visa. Ensure you know all the terms and conditions of entering and re-entering the US under the Visa Waiver Program.
ESTA - Electronic System for Travel Authorization
It is mandatory for anyone travelling to or transferring through the US under the Visa Waiver Program, to obtain approval to travel no later than 72 hours prior to travel by completing an online process ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) scheme. The cost of an ESTA is currently $14 per person (subject to change without notice) and can be obtained by visiting https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.
Once completed and approved, the ESTA application is valid for two years and allows multiple visits without the need to reapply. Travellers can apply for an ESTA even if they have no firm plans to travel to the US. An ESTA is only valid for stays of 90 days or less. Failure to obtain an ESTA could result in the passenger being denied boarding by the airline. To check your eligibility for an ESTA you can use this website: https://visaguide.world/us-visa/esta/eligibility-checker/