UK and Ireland travel checklist

Tickets, money, passport! Your essential UK and Ireland to-do list and packing list.

Before you go

To do

  • Passport: Is it up to date? 
  • Visa: Have you checked whether you need one? Australian passport holders can visit the UK without a visa for up to 180 days, and Ireland for up to 90 days.
  • Vaccinations: You shouldn't need any extra ones, but are all your routine vaccinations up to date?
  • 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 the UK and Ireland?
  • Booking: Have you booked accommodation for at least the first night?
  • Transport: Do you know how you'll get from the airport to your accommodation?
  • Getting around: Do you know how you'll get around, and do you need to pre-book any tickets?
  • Driving: If you're planning on hiring a car, do you have the appropriate licence and are you familiar with the road rules?
  • 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 or travel apps onto your mobile?
  • Medication (see below): Have you checked that your regular medication is not restricted in any countries you're transiting through?

To pack

Tip: When you travel, you should carry all medications (even vitamins) in their original packaging, along with their original prescription. It's also a good idea to carry a letter from your doctor explaining what the medications are (using generic names) and what they're for.

If you are traveling to (or transiting through) countries with strict drug laws, check with the country's embassy to ensure your medication is not a restricted drug.