Top 5 tips for overseas travel

If you’re heading overseas, here are 5 tips for a healthy holiday…

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2. Sort out your travel insurance
More than 1,700 Australians were hospitalised while travelling overseas last year. If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel.

3. Check your passport
Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after the date you plan to return to Australia.

4. Check your medication
It’s illegal to take Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medication out of Australia unless it’s for personal use. Make sure your medication is legal in the country you’re visiting and in its original packaging, and get a doctor’s letter stating that it’s for your  or your travel companion’s personal use.

5. Know the Medicare rules if you’re taking a cruise
Medicare benefits can only be paid to eligible passengers travelling between Australian ports, and if treatment is provided by a doctor registered in Australia under Medicare. Make sure you get the right insurance and contact your cruise operator to find out about your doctor on board.

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