To help your travels go more smoothly, the Cover-More team have gathered these travel resources that are handy to review before you go and have on-hand while you're away.
Remember, all Cover-More Travel Insurance policy holders have access to our emergency assistance team should the unexpected occur.
Smartraveller is the Australian Government's travel advisory and consular assistance service website. It has a detailed travel advisory section which covers more than 160 countries and contains information about potential risks you might face overseas, enabling you to make well-informed decisions about whether, when and where to travel. You can also find important information about travel health and subscribe to an automatic email notification for you desired travel destination. For backpackers, the website provides an additional section with helpful backpacking information.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) offers country specific facts for almost 240 countries, including information about land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy and foreign relations. You can also find a list of Australian embassies and consulates around the world.
Medicare offers information on Reciprocal Health Care Agreements with other countries. They explain that Medicare benefits are not available for most countries and therefore strongly recommend taking out suitable travel insurance cover.
The website of the Traveller's Medical and Vaccination Centre (TMVC) offers expert travel health advice, information about vaccination and malaria and current health alerts for overseas travel. The Healthy Travel Fact Sheets are a useful resource for all travellers.
The WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations. Its website offers health specific information sorted by countries and health topics.
The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service gives general guidelines for travellers bringing medicines to and from Australia. Medicines brought into and taken out of Australia may be subject to controls under the Customs Regulations. Check the website for further advice. This service also provides information on items you must declare upon arrival and departure.
If you are unsure about what items you can bring back to Australia from your travel destination, visit the website of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.
The travel security website by the Australian government provides information on the security measures in place at Australian airports. The information on the site is intended to help travellers prepare for their journey.
On the website of the Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) you find a detailed section on advice for air travellers, passenger safety, travelling with children, aviation in Australia, etc.
The Australian Securities and Investments Commission offers financial tips and safety checks, a special fact sheet for young travellers and lots of good advice on what is important when buying travel insurance.
In this section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's (DFAT) website you can report your passport lost or stolen. If you want to do this online, you must know your passport number, so please remember to note down the number or even better, take a copy of your passport and store it in a separate location.
The Insurance Council of Australia offers information on why every holiday maker and traveller should get travel insurance.
For daily updated currency exchange rates, see the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Try this easy currency converter from XE.
Use the world clock for time zones sorted by city, country or time zone.