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Overseas travel: preventing yourself from being reported missing

When travelling overseas there are a few things you can do to help prevent yourself from being reported missing or make it easier to find you should anything happen.

  1. Register your travel and contact details with
  2. Leave a copy of your travel plans with family or friends, and let them know if it changes. Include passport, tickets, destinations and contact numbers. You may also want to provide details of fellow travelling companions.
  3. When informing the bank of your overseas travel, consider giving a nominated person access to your account information. In the event that you are uncontactable bank details can provide a record of possible actions.
  4. Arrange options for staying in touch with family and friends while overseas (mobile phone, prepaid or postpaid international calling card, SMS, social media, email etc.)
  5. Give your family and friends an indication of how often they will hear from you, and stick to your word.
  6. Be conscious of your own safety and security while travelling. Review the travel advice on the Smart Traveller website prior to your trip and subscribe to travel advice updates for the countries you are visiting to keep you informed of any changes leading up to and during your travel.

The Smart Traveller website operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has more information about overseas travel from Australia.

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