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Before you depart

Register your travel

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides travel advice to international travellers on Smartraveller. We recommend Australians travelling overseas, including for national commemorative services, subscribe to updates to country travel advice and bulletins on Smartraveller and follow DFAT on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Obtain travel insurance

Travel insurance is a must-have for overseas travel, so make sure that you have organised cover before you leave Australia or your home location. Overseas medical care and repatriation is very expensive. If something unexpected happens and you do not have the appropriate travel insurance, you are personally liable for all costs. Make sure your insurance covers all the activities you will be undertaking and any pre-existing medical conditions. It is important to be clear about what is covered under your policy; if in doubt, talk to your insurer.

Check your passport

You will require a current passport to travel outside of Australia and you will need to ensure your passport has at least six months validity after the date you arrive in the country to which you are travelling. Contact the Australian Passport Office on 131 232 or visit the Australian Passport Office for information if you need to apply for a passport or to renew your passport.

Check your visa requirements

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Australian Government cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

Turkey

All Australians who visit Turkey are required to have an entry visa. You must apply for and receive your entry visa before you travel. To obtain a visa to enter Turkey apply online at e-Visa.

France

France is located within the Schengen Area of the European Union (EU). If you are travelling on a passport issued by Australia, you do not require a visa to enter this area of the European Union if you are staying less than 90 days. 

Individuals travelling on passports issued by countries other than Australia may need an entry visa. The EU has a common list of countries whose citizens must have a visa when crossing the external borders and a list of countries whose citizens are exempt from that requirement. Further information can be located on European Commission.

Malaysia

If you're visiting Malaysia for tourism, you can get a visa on arrival for a stay of up to 90 days. If you're visiting for business, volunteering, study or research – you may need to arrange a visa in advance.

Contact a High Commission or Embassy of Malaysia for the most up-to-date information on visa requirements and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations).

If you violate your visa conditions or overstay your visa, you could face penalties including fines, detention and/or deportation.

  • Always check the dates on the visa stamp placed in your passport are correct.
  • Ensure you comply with immigration rules and regulations, including your visa conditions.

Thailand

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Australian Government cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

If you're travelling for tourism, you may be eligible for a visa exemption which allows you to enter Thailand for a limited period without getting a visa in advance. This is available for Australians:

  • for up to 30 days, if you arrive through one of the international airports
  • for up to 15 days, if you enter through a land border (restricted to two entries per calendar year)

For longer stays, or if you're travelling for a purpose other than tourism, you'll need to apply for a visa in advance.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Thailand for up-to-date information.

Papua New Guinea

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact a High Commission, Embassy or Consulate of Papua New Guinea for up-to-date information.

What to take

Prior to arriving at a commemoration, you should have everything you need (including any medications, warm and wet weather clothing and appropriate footwear) ready and packed in a small bag or day-pack (no larger than that allowed as carry-on luggage on a plane).

On arrival, you should disembark your coach or vehicle with your small bag/day-pack. After disembarking your coach, you may not be able to return to your coach to collect any forgotten items or return any prohibited items until following the services.

General items to pack:

  • Wet weather and windproof jacket and pants
  • Prescription medications (if required)
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Compact camera
  • Mobile phone (noting there are no phone charging facilities)
  • Torch
  • Basic first aid kit, including Band-Aids and non-prescription pain relief medication 
  • Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes

For Villers-Brettoneux and Gallipoli, all of the above, plus:

  • Warm, thermal clothing, jacket, beanie or cap, gloves and scarf
  • Warm blanket
  • Non-perishable food and snacks

Prohibited items

The following items are prohibited at the commemorative services:

  • Dangerous or hazardous items of any kind including fireworks, flares, lasers and smoke canisters
  • Advertising or marketing messages
  • Large backpacks or luggage (day-packs, for example, aircraft cabin bag sized are acceptable)
  • Camping equipment including tents, folding chairs and stretchers
  • Alcohol of any kind (intoxicated persons will be refused entry)
  • Opened bottles of liquid (please note that at Gallipoli any liquids over 100ml are prohibited)
  • Flammable liquids
  • Smoking at the Commemorative site
  • Weapons or sharp objects, including umbrellas (a poncho will be issued if required)
  • Large objects
  • Musical instruments of any kind and any other object that may be used to cause a disturbance including air horns and vuvuzelas
  • Hiking poles (medical aids, such as walkers and walking sticks will be permitted subject to medical need)
  • Large flags or banners
  • Professional photographic equipment (for example, large zoom lenses — no larger than 100mm, audio visual or cinematographic devices apart from accredited media)
  • 'Selfie' sticks and large camera tripods
  • Drones and remote control devices
  • Any other item that might compromise public safety or enjoyment of the Commemoration or that is illegal under the laws of Australia or the host country

To preserve the solemnity of the commemoration — as this service will be broadcast live — roaming by the general public to take photos during the service is not permitted. Accredited media will also be restricted to a media zone area.

Visitors to the commemorative services are screened by security personnel upon entry to the sites and bags are scanned or checked. Prohibited items will be confiscated upon entry to the site and may be destroyed.

Locating graves of deceased relatives

Many visitors are keen to locate the graves of deceased relatives who fought, or their relative’s name on a memorial to the missing if they have no known grave.

There are around 1,000 Commonwealth war cemeteries on the Western Front in France and Belgium, including the cemetery at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux and around 40 cemeteries and memorials at Gallipoli.

Visitors wishing to locate a particular grave or name on a memorial to the missing should consult the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to identify the exact location of the grave or name on a memorial to the missing prior to travelling.

Download guides and apps

Sandakan Memorial Park

The Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) 'Sandakan Memorial Park' app provides information and a walking trail around the Park; the audio transcript can also be downloaded.

Western Front

Explore the Australian Remembrance Trail online, with access to audio guides, interactive maps, images and historical information. You will step back in time, reliving the experiences of the soldiers of the Australian Imperial Force. Stay informed of updates to the Australian Remembrance Trail via The Anzac Portal.

Gallipoli

The Anzac Portal contains a range of historical information and walking tours for visitors travelling to Gallipoli. MP3 audio guides are able to be downloaded of walking tours on the Gallipoli peninsula.

The ABC's Gallipoli the First Day Centenary Edition app provides an overview of the Gallipoli campaign, eye witness accounts and commentary.

Contact information

Department of Veterans' Affairs in Australia

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