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 week before departure

Travel insurance

Ensure you organise a travel insurance policy to suit your 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 money

Sort your travel money before you go, to ensure you have local currency available on your arrival.

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 money

Don't forget to sort your travel money, 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 CBIT 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 Qantas Frequent Flyer 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 Store for details. The range of Awards and Qantas Points required change from time to time and are available while stocks last. See the Qantas Store for our latest offers..