Europe travel checklist

The most important things you need to do and pack before your trip to Europe.

To do

  • Passport: Is it up to date? You need to have a certain amount of validity left on your passport to enter some European countries.
  • Visa: Have you checked whether you need one? If you don't need one, do you know how long you're allowed to stay without one?
  • Entry requirements: Have you checked whether there are any special rules for entering the country or countries you're visiting?
  • Vaccinations: Are all your routine vaccinations up to date? Have you spoken to a doctor about whether you need any more?
  • Travel insurance: Are you covered?
  • Safety: Have you checked the latest safety advice on the region you're travelling to? Subscribe to the latest Smartraveller updates for safety information on your destination.
  • Money: Have you told your bank you're going overseas and do you know how you'll be paying for things in Europe?
  • Booking: Have you booked accommodation for at least the first night?
  • Transport: Do you know how you'll get around, and do you need to pre-book any tickets or car hire?
  • Airport transfers: Do you know how you'll get from the airport to your accommodation? 
  • Driving: If you're planning on driving a car, have you checked whether you need an international permit and are you familiar with the road rules?
  • Phone and internet: If you're planning to take your Australian phone, have you switched off data roaming and voicemail? If you're planning to use a local or travel SIM, is your phone unlocked?
  • Apps: Have you downloaded offline maps, travel apps and translation apps (if needed) onto your mobile?
  • Medication: Have you checked what the rules are for bringing medication into the countries you're visiting, including any countries you're transiting through?

To pack

  • Tickets
  • Money (cash and cards)
  • Passport
  • A copy of your travel insurance details
  • Your Medicare card (if travelling anywhere with a reciprocal health care agreement)
  • A list of emergency contacts at home and in Europe
  • Any regular medication in its original packaging, with prescriptions or a letter from your doctor if necessary.

Tip: Medications that are legal in Australia may be restricted in some European countries (for example, codeine is classed as a narcotic in Greece). Check with the embassy of the country or countries you're travelling to (or transiting through) particularly if you're taking pain killers, sleeping pills, cold and flu drugs or ADHD medications. No matter where you travel, always carry medication in its original packaging along with the original prescriptions or a note from your doctor.

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