Check the latest travel advice for your destination before travelling.
Take out appropriate travel insurance to cover hospital treatment, medical evacuation and any activities, including adventure sports, in which you plan to participate.
Check to see if you require visas for the country or countries you are visiting or transiting. Be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry. A tourist visa in most cases does not allow you to work in a foreign country.
Every country has specific entry and exit requirements for children travelling alone or without parents or legal guardians. Check these requirements with the relevant foreign mission before you travel.
Airlines also have rules regarding unaccompanied minors. Children under the age of 15 travelling alone are generally regarded as unaccompanied minors. In most cases, parents or guardians will need to fill out a permission form for the child’s travel. For further information contact the airline you are planning to use or visit their website.
Make copies of your passport details, insurance policy, travellers cheques, visas and credit card numbers. Carry one copy in a separate place to the originals and leave a copy with someone at home.
Organise a variety of ways of accessing your money overseas, such as credit cards, travellers’ cheques and cash.
Check with your bank whether your ATM card will work overseas.
Register with your bank the period you expect to be travelling.
Never leave your credit card out of sight.
Check with health professionals for information on recommended vaccinations or other precautions and find out about overseas laws on travelling with medicines.
Ensure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Some countries will refuse entry on arrival and some airlines will not allow passengers to board flights if their passport does not meet this requirement. Before travelling, you should contact the Embassy or High Commission of each country you intend to visit to confirm the entry requirements.
Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with someone at home and keep in regular contact with friends and relatives while overseas.
While travelling, don't carry too much cash and remember that expensive watches, jewellery and cameras may be tempting targets for thieves.
As a sensible precaution against luggage tampering, including theft, lock your luggage.
Your passport is a valuable document that is attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. It should always be kept in a safe place. You are required by law to report a lost or stolen passport. If your passport is lost or stolen overseas, contact the nearest Embassy, High Commission or Consulate as soon as possible.
If you are travelling in an organised tour group find out what arrangements are made on your behalf and what you need to arrange for yourself.
Do some research on your destinations, make sure you have the necessary documentation, information and items you will need. Start with the latest travel advice for your destination.
You are strongly advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance for you and your family. You should make sure it covers all medical expenses for injury or illness, as well as theft of valuables, damage to baggage, and cancellations or interruptions to flight plans. It will save you worry and a possible financial burden. Medical costs overseas can be in the tens of thousands of dollars and many families have been burdened financially in paying these costs.
Shop around when choosing an insurance policy and make sure the cover provided suits your family’s needs and is valid for the whole time you and your family will be away. Always read the Product Disclosure Statement carefully and ensure that you understand exactly what your travel insurance covers.
You may be able to obtain travel insurance for yourself and your immediate family under the one policy. Cover, however, varies from policy to policy. Be sure to confirm all details with your insurance provider and receive written confirmation of your policy.
Travel insurance companies often have in place a 24-hour assistance call centre that you can call from anywhere in the world. If you get sick overseas or are involved in a medical emergency, you should contact your travel insurance provider as soon as possible.
If you have or a member of your family has a disability, call your airline to find out about services provided including shuttle services, seating arrangements and special meals.
If you need to carry needles and syringes on to the plane, obtain a letter from your doctor explaining why you need them and seek early advice from your airline on how to comply with enhanced airport and air travel security regulations.
If you need to travel with large quantities of medication, it is good practice to separate the quantity between your luggage, in case bags go missing. Keep all medication in the original, labelled container to avoid problems with Customs. Make sure you carry a letter from your doctor explaining what the medication is and stating it is for your family’s use only.
If you or your children wear glasses consider taking along a spare pair or a copy of the prescription as glasses can be easily lost or broken.
When travelling with babies or very young children, it is good idea to research the availability of baby products in the countries you will visit. You may wish to stock up on items that will be difficult to purchase at your destination.
If you are due to arrive at your destination late at night, it is recommended that you book your accommodation prior to arrival. If you have young children, you may ask what furniture (such as cots and highchairs) and facilities (such as child-minding or play areas, and lifts) are available.
Protect yourself against loss and theft by carrying minimal pieces of luggage, especially when travelling with children. Overloaded, you make yourself more vulnerable to bag snatchers and pickpockets. Secure credit cards and passports under your clothes or in a money belt.
In some cultures people are deeply offended by revealing or inappropriate clothes. Breastfeeding in public may also be considered offensive. Purchase a guide book or search the internet for information on local customs and laws.
When you are travelling with children, local authorities, including customs and immigration officers, may ask you to produce documents to prove that you are the lawful parent or guardian of the children. Make sure you always carry the proper identification for yourself and your children required by the authorities of the country you intend to visit. In addition to a valid passport these documents can include:
documentary evidence or a letter that proves the child has the permission of an absent lawful parent or guardian to travel
a copy of any separation, divorce or custody decree that proves that you have custody of the child
a court order granting you guardianship of the child
a copy of the child’s birth certificate, particularly if only one parent’s name appears on the birth certificate and the child is travelling with the other parent.Hoteit Bldg. – 1st Floor, Hadi Nasrallah Blvd., HARET HREIK (Lebanon), Phone: 961 1 551 566, Fax : 961 1 551 567, Mobile : 961 3 635 393, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.elajouztravel.com