Information for young travellers
Why travel insurance is essential
While most young Australians travel safely overseas, some find themselves in trouble. Each year we handle over 20,000 cases involving Australians in difficulty overseas. This includes over 1,400 hospitalisations, 1,000 deaths and 30 evacuations of Australians to another location for medical purposes.
In cases where the victims are not covered by travel insurance, such personal tragedies can be further compounded by a long-term financial burden. Hospitalisation, medical evacuations, or even the return of the deceased's remains to Australia, can be very expensive.
Comprehensive travel insurance is as essential as your passport. If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel.
Getting help overseas
If you need help while you're overseas you can phone or visit the nearest Australian embassy or call our 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra.
What we can and can't do to help you
The Australian Government is committed to providing consular services to Australians overseas, but there are limits to what we can do.
Overseas road safety
Road rules, driving etiquette and vehicle safety standards are different in every country. As a pedestrian, passenger or driver, stay safe on overseas roads.
More tips for a safe and enjoyable trip
Visit our travel tips page for more information on topics including living and working overseas, airline safety and staying in touch while you're away.