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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

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Check your visa requirements

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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-Bretonneux 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:

  1. Dangerous or hazardous items of any kind including fireworks, flares, lasers and smoke canisters;
  2. Advertising or marketing messages;
  3. Large backpacks (Day-packs, eg. Aircraft cabin bag sized are acceptable);
  4. Furniture or camping equipment including tents, folding chairs and stretchers;
  5. Alcohol of any kind;
  6. Glass containers and cans of any kind;
  7. Opened bottles of liquid;
  8. Flammable liquids;
  9. Weapons or sharp objects, including umbrellas (a poncho will be issued if required);
  10. Large objects;
  11. Musical instruments of any kind and any other object that may be used to cause a disturbance including air horns and vuvuzelas;
  12. Hiking poles (Medical aids, such as walkers and walking sticks will be permitted subject to medical need);
  13. Large flags or banners;
  14. Professional photographic equipment (e.g. Large zoom lenses, audio visual or cinematographic devices apart from for accredited media);
  15. ‘Selfie’ sticks and large camera tripods;
  16. Drones and remote control devices; and
  17. 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.

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.

Contact information

Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra Australia
Tel: +61 2 6289 1133
Regional callers: 1300 364 002
Email: overseascommemorations@dva.gov.au

Department of Foreign Affairs - Emergency helpline
Consular Emergency Centre 24 Hour Phone Service:
Tel: 1300 555 135 within Australia (local call cost) or
Tel: +61 2 6261 3305 from outside Australia
SMS: +61 421 269 080

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