Webjet Tips For Travelling Internationally
- Book early
- Compare flights and airlines
- Research travel warnings
- Travel insurance
- Check passport expiry date
- Photocopy passport
- Australian embassy details
- Tourist refund scheme & duty free
- Restrictions for carry-on luggage
Getting a cheap flight is easy, if you start looking early. Airlines work on a system where a cheap seats on flights are sold first and then as the time draws closer to the departure point, prices increase. The Webjet Deal Finder allows you to see a range of airlines to major international destinations for departures up to six months away, making your research a really simple task.
Compare flights and airlines - Mix 'n' Match
If you have to travel on a specific date, then the variable on your side is airline choice. Nowadays there is plenty of competition in the skies, with most domestic and international routes serviced by at least four airlines. Keep in mind your frequent flyer program and rewards available while considering the pricing of the airlines. Webjet includes all taxes and airline surcharges in quoted prices to make comparison easier.
Research travel warnings
Not all parts of the world are as safe and stable as Australia, so before venturing off on your holiday be sure to do your research. A quick check of DFAT warnings in your destination(s) could save you from a nasty surprise.
- Related links: smartraveller
Immunisations are very simple and a cheap form of health insurance. Consult your local GP about relevant immunisations and health risks in your travel destination(s).
Consider purchasing travel insurance.
- Related links: Webjet travel insurance
Check passport expiry date
Save embarrassment at the airport by ensuring your passport is valid for the duration of your time overseas. This has caught many a traveller out on an extended holiday. The links below are also useful if you lose your passport or need to apply for a new one.
Photocopy passport and leave with a friend/relative
In the event that you have to use the Report Lost Passport link above it's a fantastic idea to leave a photocopy of your passport with someone at home in a safe place. They will then be able to give you your passport details including passport number in case of emergency.
- Related links: passport news
Australian embassy details for the countries you're visiting
When travelling overseas, there may be reasons to visit an Australian embassy. It's a great idea to have this information with you before departing. Visit the link below and make a list of the embassies in the countries you're visiting.
- Related links: Australian embassy
What you can and can't bring back - Australian Customs
When you’re travelling overseas you need to know that some items can’t be brought back with you and for others you need to get permission.
There are also duty free limits for goods, alcohol and tobacco/cigarettes that you need to know about.
Australian Customs and Border Protection’s Can I bring it back? guide can help you find out what you can and can’t bring into Australia. View Can I bring it back? or call 1300 363 2631300 363 263 for more information.
Tourist Refund Scheme (TRS) and Duty Free
It has long been a tradition for departing international tourists to buy items in Australia and claim the tax back on these items upon their departure. The TRS enables you to claim refunds in some circumstances for GST and Wine Equalisation Tax on goods purchased in Australia. Be sure you know what can and can't be claimed to avoid any surprises at the airport.
- Related links: customs
New aviation travel security restrictions for carry-on luggage at international airports
During 2007 travel security measures were increased for carry-on luggage at international airports. Passengers are permitted to only carry on a maximum 100ml of liquids. All liquids and their containers must be sealed in a transparent bag as shown below. This is so officials can inspect your luggage quickly. Failure to adhere to the 100ml limit will mean confiscation of goods over this limit. To avoid this, store as many liquids as you can in your checked-in luggage.
- Related links: Carry-On Baggage Restrictions
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