Pre-departure guide

Plan your departure

Checklist to help you plan yourdeparture

Passport and Visa

Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to your     entry arrival in Australia, and that you have all your visa documentation. It is also a good idea to make copies of your passport in case you   lose your passport.

Student enrolment and orientation documents

You will need your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) and   student information pack, which you will have received from your        institution.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

his is a requirement for entry to Australia, so make sure you have your health cover policy arranged before you leave home.

Travel Insurance

You should also consider travel insurance, which covers things your   OSHC may not – such as cancelled flights, lost documents, dental or    optical care, etc.


Make sure you are aware of the date and time of your flight. Keep your flight details in a safe and secure place, with your passport and visa.

Contact details

You may want to have a list of emergency contact details for family, as well as your embassy, accommodation and institution details. If you   have used an education agent, keep their contact details on you, in   case you need to contact them once you arrive in Australia.

Australian currency

There are money exchange places available at Australian airports and in cities, but it is recommended to have some Australian currency on   you prior to leaving your home country.

Transport from the airport

Whether you are taking public transport,   taxi, or you are being picked up from the airport by your education provider, it is important that you have all the details including the time, the route and, if your travel has been arranged by your institution, their contact details. If you need a map to assist you in getting to your accommodation, they will be         available at the airport, or you can print one prior to leaving.

Accommodation details

Make sure you have the address of where you   will be staying as well as their phone number and payment confirmation (if you have already paid for your accommodation).

Customs and Border Protection

You need to be aware of what you cannot bring into Australia and therefore whatyou should not pack. It is illegal to carry drugs including marijuana,cannabis, heroin, cocaine and amphetamines in and out of Australia. There are anumber of items that you must declare upon your arrival in Australia including:

§ Firearms, weapons and ammunition.

§ Currency amounts of A$10,000 (or foreignequivalent).

§ Some medicines.

You should also be aware that as a routine part of theirwork, Customs and Border Protection officers may question travellers at anytime, and trained dogs may also be used to detect illegal drugs or prohibitedimports. If you are in doubt, declare your goods or ask a Customs and BorderProtection officer for advice. Declaring goods does not necessarily mean yourbaggage will be examined.

People who deliberately break Australian Customs and BorderProtection regulations could be fined (opens in a new window) or taken tocourt. You can also find information at the Department of Home Affairs (opensin a new window) website.

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