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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. We recommend Australians travelling overseas, including for national commemorative services, subscribe to updates to country travel advice and bulletins on the Smartraveller website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Exercise a high degree of caution in Turkey, including Ankara and Istanbul, because of the high threat of terrorist attack. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times. Monitor media for the latest information about safety or security risks. See Safety and security
  • Do not travel within 10 kilometres of the border with Syria or to the city of Diyarbakir. See Safety and security​
  • Reconsider your need to travel to all areas within the south-eastern provinces of Batman, Bingol, Bitlis, Diyarbakir province, Gaziantep, Hakkari, Hatay, Kilis, Mardin, Mus, Sanliurfa, Siirt, Sirnak, Tunceli and Van, due to the unpredictable security situation. The situation is more dangerous at night and in rural areas. See Safety and security
  • Terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq kidnap and murder westerners. These groups can launch violent attacks and kidnapping operations across the border, in Turkey. See Safety and security
  • Terrorists have called for attacks in Turkey, including on tourist destinations and locations frequented by foreigners. Attacks could take place anywhere and at any time. See Safety and security
  • In mid-2018, Turkey lifted the state of emergency that had been in place since 2016. However it remains unclear what impact this will have, authorities may still have increased powers and detained suspects may still have fewer rights. See Safety and security
  • Females travelling alone or in small groups are at risk of violent sexual assault. Be cautious especially in Istanbul, coastal resort areas such as Antalya and other tourist areas. See Safety and security
  • The Turkish Government recognises dual nationality but treats Turkish-Australian dual nationals as Turkish citizens for legal matters. This limits the ability of the Australian Government to provide consular assistance to Turkish-Australian dual nationals detained in Turkey. See Laws

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

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 the e-Visa website.

France

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.

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.

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

For Sandakan, Thailand and Papua New Guinea Anzac Day

  • Water
  • Insect repellent
  • Torch
  • Basic first aid kit, including Band-Aids and non-prescription pain relief medication 
  • Water proof clothing
  • Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes

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

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 website.

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.

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