Passports & Visas

Your passport is your most valuable travel document. It is vital all Australian citizens have a valid passport prior to leaving Australia and that it remains valid while you are overseas.

All children travelling overseas must have a valid passport. It is essential you look after it while you are overseas.

Different countries have different passport requirements with some requiring six month validity. You should always keep a photocopy of your passport in case it gets lost or stolen while you are overseas.

It is smart to check what travel visas you require prior to travelling. You can do this by contacting the relevant foreign agencies (embassy, consulate or high commission) of countries you will travel to. Check vaccination information too. Even if you’re just transiting through a country should check that country’s entry and departure legislation.

Remember :

  • A visa does not guarantee entry into a country.
  • In most cases a tourist visa does not allow you to conduct any type of employment while you are there, including voluntary or unpaid work.
  • You must adhere to visa stay requirements as overstaying can, in some cases, lead to arrest.
  • To avoid being scammed check the travel information on the Smart Traveller website and only use sites that have been linked to from the government website. DFAT is unable to provide visa assistance for you from overseas.