When travelling internationally, you are required to have a valid passport to show upon departure and arrival of your journey. Often this requires at least 3-6 months validity upon day of arrival. If you are an Australian citizen, you can apply for an Australian Passport at an Australia Post outlet. The application process will also require you to supply a passport photo abiding by specific guidelines. Passport photos can be taken at various outlets including Australia Post stores and select Flight Centre stores.
In order to be granted entry into a country, most will require that your passport be valid for greater than six months. If your passport is valid for less than this period, or is out of date, you will need to apply to renew your passport at an Australia Post outlet before you travel. Passport applications can take up to ten working days or more to process so be sure to apply for your passport within a reasonable amount of time before your flight’s departure.
If you lose your passport overseas, contact your embassy immediately so they can arrange a replacement for you, otherwise you won’t be able to leave a foreign country.
Depending on diplomatic relations, some countries will require you to obtain a visa in order to stay in the country. Even if you are just stopping over for a few hours, some countries will require you to have a visa if you wish to leave the airport. To find out if you require a visa for your international stay and how to apply for one, refer to the destination’s consulate or embassy or your local travel consultant. Some countries enable tourists to obtain a visa at the point of entry but require a fee. In this case, you should ensure that you have the appropriate currency to pay the entry visa fee.
For more information speak with your travel consultant to ensure you have the right information. Passport and visas are the travellers responsibility and required for all international travel.