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Before you depart

Obtain your attendance pass

Obtain your attendance pass for available overseas commemorations.

Register your travel

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) provides travel advice to international travellers on its Smartraveller website. It is recommended that Australians travelling abroad for national commemorative services monitor this advice and register their details at the Smartraveller website. Registration means you will be advised of any changes to the travel advisory and allows DFAT to get in touch with you or your family in the event of an emergency.

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 you are travelling to. Contact the Australian Passport Office on 131 232 or visit the Australian Passport Office website for information if you need to apply for a passport or to renew your passport.

Check your visa requirements


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 the e-Visa website.


France is located within the Schengen Area of the European Union (EU). If you are travelling on a passport issued by Australia then 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 the European Commission website. 

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.

General items to pack:

  • Wet weather and windproof jacket and pants
  • Prescription medications (if required)
  • Sunscreen
  • Compact camera
  • Mobile phone (noting there are no phone charging facilitates)

For Gallipoli and France Anzac Day, all of the general items above, plus:

  • Torch
  • Basic first aid kit, including Band-Aids and non-prescription pain relief medication 
  • Warm, thermal clothing, jacket, beanie or cap, gloves and scarf
  • Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes

For Gallipoli, all of the above, plus:

  • 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, e.g. 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 in the information pack provided)
  • 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 (e.g. 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

Lenses with a total focal strength of greater than 100mm or any other commercial digital video equipment are not permitted at this Commemorative service. In order to preserve the sloemnity of the commemoration, and 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.

These items must be left on your coach or vehicle. 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. Limited assistance may be available on the day.

Download guides and apps

Australian Remembrance Trail

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.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's (CWGC) war graves app provides information about the cemeteries around the world and allows you to search for the location of an individual’s war grave. Visit CWGC to download the app.

Australian Embassy in Paris

Find out about the broad range of events organised by local French communities in the Somme around November and throughout the year. Download the 2018 commemoration ceremony dates calendar.

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 website.


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.

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