Travel checklist

To help you prepare for your trip, use this handy checklist to tick off important things to do before you travel.

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Australian domestic travel

One week before departure

Things to do one week before departure
Travel insurance QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited offers a range of travel insurance policies to suit different needs, including Australian Comprehensive insurance, and Australian Cancellation and Baggage insurance.
Baggage Check your carry-on and checked baggage meets the allowances for domestic travel.

Day of departure

Things to do on the day of departure
Travel documents Ensure you have the documents needed for domestic travel, which include your tickets and photo identification.
Flight status Track real time departure information for your Qantas, QantasLink or codeshare flight before you head to the airport.
Check-in online Check-in from home between 24 hours and 30 minutes before your departure, if eligible, plus request your seat.

International travel

At least three months before departure

Things to do at least three months before departure

Passports

Make sure your passport is arranged well in advance of your departure date, valid for at least 6 months from departure and valid for the duration of your trip.

It's also a good idea to leave a copy of your passport and travel documents with someone at home. The Australian Government encourages all Australians travelling overseas to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and TradeOpens external site in a new window before travel, so you can be contacted in an emergency.

Visit the IATA Travel CentreOpens external site in a new window to check the passport validity requirements of your destination, including Australia.

Visas

Check whether you need a visa for each of the countries you'll travel in. VisaCentral is a third party service provider that can assist with the process of visa applications for residents of AustraliaOpens external site in a new windowCanadaOpens external site in a new windowSingaporeOpens external site in a new windowUnited KingdomOpens external site in a new window and United StatesOpens external site in a new window. Application and processing fees apply.

Immunisations

Visit the IATA Travel CentreOpens external site in a new window to check the health requirements for all of the destinations in your trip.

PetsOpens external site in a new window

If your pet is staying home while you’re away, you may need to look into a boarding facility or pet sitting. We suggest you contact the RSPCAOpens external site in a new window in Australia, or an accredited organisation or pet sitter in your country, for more information.

One month before departure

Things to do 1 month before departure
Travel accessoriesOpens external site in a new window Pick up travel accessories, from adaptors to luggage locks, and wallets to alarm clocks to make your trip hassle-free. Redeem your Qantas PointsOpens external site in a new window at the Qantas Store today.

One week before departure

Things to do one month before departure

Travel insurance

The Australian Government's travel advisory and consular assistance service, smartraveller.gov.auOpens external site in a new window, advises all Australian travellers to take out travel insurance for overseas travel. QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited offers a range of travel insurance policies to suit different needs.

USA travel requirements

Check your requirements for travel to, from or within the USA including Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) and Secure Flight Information.

Travel moneyOpens external site in a new window

Sort your travel money with Qantas Travel Money® - a safer and more convenient alternative to carrying cash while you travel. Choose from 10 pre-loadable foreign currencies, or simply load Australian dollars to spend in local currency worldwide.

Medications

If you are taking medications, make sure you have enough for your trip, and carry all medications in your carry on baggage. Read more tips on travelling with medications.

Baggage

Make sure your carry-on and checked baggage meets the requirements including dangerous goods.

Tickets

You should carry your e-ticket receipt at all times for your international flight and photographic identification must be produced at check-in.

Customs and quarantine

Learn about restrictions and requirements relating to goods and currency you can take out of and bring into Australia.

Day of departure

Things to do on the day of departure

Additional baggage

Travelling with more than your free checked baggage allocation? Pre-purchase additional baggage allowance online and save up to 30% on airport excess baggage rates.

Travel moneyOpens external site in a new window

Forgotten to sort your travel money? No problem. If you've activated Qantas Travel MoneyOpens external site in a new window® on your Frequent Flyer membership card, you can pre-load up to 10 foreign currencies instantly and be on your way. Or, simply load Australian dollars before you fly to spend in local currency wherever you land.

Flight status

Track real time departure information for your Qantas, QantasLink or codeshare flight before you head to the airport.

Check-in

Check-in online between 24 hours and 2 hours before your departure, if eligible.

Important information

Disclaimer: # VisaCentral is a CIBT company. Qantas takes no responsibility for lost or misplaced documents that may occur during application. Application and processing fees apply.

Disclaimer: + You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. The redemption of Qantas Points for Rewards is subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program Terms and Conditions, the Qantas Store Terms of Use, voucher Terms and Conditions (including expiry rules) if relevant and any other terms and conditions disclosed at the time of redemption. Visit the Qantas StoreOpens external site for details and offers. The range of Awards and Qantas Points required change from time to time and are available while stocks last. 

~ The currencies supported are detailed on the currencies page or in the PDSOpens external site in a new window.

Disclaimer: Ω Instant Load is available up to a maximum load amount of A$15,000 or equivalent in foreign currency in any 24 hour period, A$30,000 or equivalent in foreign currency in any 7 day period and A$60,000 or equivalent in foreign currency in any 30 day period. A 1% fee applies to all Instant Load transactions.

Disclaimer: ^^ To be eligible to receive the Qantas Card with the option of Qantas Travel Money you must be an Australian resident Qantas Frequent Flyer member 16 years of age or older. Qantas Travel Money is a prepaid Mastercard® payment facility built into the back of the Qantas Frequent Flyer Membership Card. Heritage Bank Limited (AFSL 240984) (the Issuer) issues Qantas Travel Money under arrangements between it, Qantas and Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Limited (AFSL 386837) (a Mastercard business). Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Limited distributes Qantas Travel Money (together with Qantas which is an authorised representative of Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Limited for the purposes of providing general financial product advice with respect to Qantas Travel Money). Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Limited can be contacted at customercare@qantastravelmoney.com.
Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Limited and Qantas earn foreign exchange revenue from Qantas Travel Money transactions. Mastercard Prepaid Management Services Australia Pty Limited receives a processing fee from domestic Qantas Travel Money "point of sale" transactions. Qantas receives revenue generated by Qantas Travel Money transactions based on interchange fees paid to the Issuer, deposits held by the Issuer, cardholder fee and certain rebates and incentives from Mastercard Asia/Pacific Pty Ltd.
This webpage has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and you should consider the appropriateness of the information about the Qantas Travel Money facility having regard to those matters. A Product Disclosure Statement in respect of Qantas Travel Money is available via qantastravelmoney.comOpens external site in a new window, and will also be given to applicants. A person should obtain and consider the PDS before making any decisions about whether to acquire or continue to hold the prepaid facility.
Mastercard is a registered trademark and the circles design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated.
Qantas Points are earned on eligible purchases in accordance with the terms and conditions specified at qantastravelmoney.com. Eligible purchases do not include money orders, traveller’s cheques, gambling chips, adult entertainment, purchasing foreign currencies in cash or the making of payment(s) towards any credit cards, loans or other financial debt that is not incurred with respect to goods and services. You do not earn Qantas Points when loading funds to your facility, transferring funds to another currency balance or another member’s facility, when withdrawing funds from ATMs, cashing out your facility balance or for over the counter withdrawals. Purchases that are reversed, refunded or charged-back are also ineligible for points earn, in addition to fees incurred.