10 tips for safe travel

Each year, over 7 million Australians travel overseas. While the majority return home with tans, souvenirs and happy memories, there are a number that end up in difficulty during their trip, requiring assistance from the Australian government.

Some incidents are unexpected and unavoidable (think natural disasters or accidents), but in general, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and have a safe holiday.

Here are ten tips to help you travel safely.

  1. Check the latest travel alerts for your destination. The Australian government provides regular updates and warnings for various cities and regions.
  2. Check that you have the right documentation to visit your destination. Renew your passport if necessary, apply for any required visas and familiarise yourself with entry and exit requirements.
  3. Make copies of your passport, visas, itinerary, tickets and travel insurance policy. Keep a copy with you and leave a copy with someone at home. You can also make electronic copies and store them online with MyPost Digital Mailbox, so your important documents can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection.
  4. Buy travel insurance for your trip. Even if you're on a tight budget, it's worth the expense as it covers you for various circumstances, including theft, delays, cancellations and hospitalisation.
  5. Carry a map of the place you're going to. Using your phone to help you navigate is great, but what happens if you get lost and the battery has run flat?
  6. Learn basic first aid - it's a great life skill to have.
  7. Don't travel with too much cash. Thieves are attracted to tourists with fat wallets. Where possible, use travel cards instead.
  8. Be aware of local laws and customs so you don't get into trouble. For instance, dress modestly in the UAE, don't chew gum in Singapore, don't photograph bridges in Peru and don't bring alcohol into the Maldives.
  9. Get vaccinated if required - prevention is better than cure.
  10. Register your travel plans with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) before you go, so they can contact or look for you in an emergency.

This advice is general in nature, and doesn't consider your needs or personal situation. You should consider your own needs and the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before making a decision to buy the product.

Limits, conditions, exclusions and fees apply. Policies may not be available to all travellers. Australian Postal Corporation ABN 28 864 970 579 (AR No 338646) is the distributor of Australia Post Travel Insurance and is an Authorised Representative of Australia Post Services Pty Ltd ABN 67 002 599 340 (AFSL No. 457551). Insurance products are issued by Great Lakes Australia ARBN 127 740 532, ABN 18 964 580 576, AFSL No. 318603. Review your own needs and the relevant Product Disclosure Statement before deciding to buy this insurance. Download a copy of the combined FSG/PDS (548kb) here, or for our In-store international Travel Insurance policy download a copy of the $6 a day Travel Insurance Product Disclosure Statement (388kb) here or the $10 a day Travel Insurance Product Disclosure Statement (444kb) here, or contact us on 1300 728 015 or email auspost@travelinsurancepartners.com.au

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    • Area of Travel

      Where you travel will influence your premium.

      Single Trip

      Select an area of travel based on where you will spend the most time on your journey.

      Note: If you plan to spend more than 20% of your time in the Americas or Africa, you must select the area that includes these countries.

      Annual Multi-Trip

      Select an area which will cover all the countries you plan on visiting over the year. Cover includes domestic journeys provided the destination is more than 250 km from your home in Australia.

      Note: If you plan to spend more than 20% of any single journey in the Americas or Africa, you must select the area that includes these countries.

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      The date you depart Australia

      Cover under the Amendment or Cancellation Costs Benefit begins from the time you buy your policy.

      Cover under all other sections begins from the Travel Start Date you select.

      The date your policy will commence

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      For further information, we recommend you read the definition of 'Relevant Time' in the Product Disclosure Statement.

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      The day you arrive back at Australia

      Regardless of what you enter as the Travel End Date, you will be quoted for a 12 month Annual Multi-Trip.

      For further information we recommend that you read the definition of 'Relevant Time' in the Product Disclosure Statement.

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    • Age of all accompanied children

      Accompanied Children are your children or grandchildren who are travelling with you, provided they are not in full-time employment and they are under the age of 21 years. See the Product Disclosure Statement for more information.

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      Please note that policies can only be issued to Australia citizens and permanent residents who will be returning to Australia at the completion of the period of insurance and within 12 months of the journey commencing; and who have not yet commenced their journey.