Talk with family or friends who are familiar with the countries you'll be visiting.
Make sure you register your travel and contact details online before you travel to make it easier to contact you in an emergency, whether it's a natural disaster, civil disturbance or family issue.
The terms and conditions of your policy will determine whether you are entitled to a refund if DFAT changes the level of the travel advice. DFAT has teamed up with independent consumer advocate CHOICE to provide a simple travel insurance buying guide to help you choose the right insurance for your trip.Each year more than 1,000 Australians die overseas.It can cost over ,000 to bring the remains of loved ones home – so make sure your travel insurance covers this before you go.Access the full range of travel information on this website to help you prepare for overseas travel.We have useful advice on local laws, entry and exit requirements and health issues, and an indicative rating of the security situation in particular countries.Our aim is to help you determine the level of risk you may face, so that you can make informed decisions about where and when to travel overseas. Subscribe to Smartraveller to receive free email notifications when the information for your destinations changes.