Congratulations on taking the first step toward taking a vacation! If you’re planning for your first overseas trip, you’re probably wondering what you need to do to get yourself organised. Well, the best place to start is by getting your passport ready for your international holiday. Here’s how:
Do you dream of laying on a beach in Bali, soaking up the sun? Or maybe you’d prefer to explore the history of Rome? Overload on carbs in France? No matter where you want to go, the first thing you need to do is apply for a passport. We recommend doing this before booking any part of your holiday as the application process can take approximately 3-6 weeks. If you’re looking to travel urgently, you may be able to pay an additional fee for priority service (see here for more information on priority service). It’s also important to note that if you already have a passport, you need to check the entry/exit requirements of the country you are planning to visit to ensure you have enough validity left on your existing passport as some countries require up to 6 months.
To start the application process, the easiest way is visit https://www.passports.gov.au and start your application on-line. This way you will be able to track your passports progress. Then print off the check list and visit a local Australia Post office.
You will need to take the checklist with you and original documents that certifies and confirms your Australian citizenship and identity. You will also need to nominate a referee and provide those details on-line.
You can complete the passport application in person at the Post Office but your referee/Guarantor will need to endorse the back of one of the photos.
While at the Post Office applying for your passport, you will also have your photo taken. This will incur an extra fee but is recommended to ensure your image meets the technical requirements to process your passport at international borders. The photos taken are also high-quality and scaled to a specific size to reduce the potential of identity theft, further protecting you while you travel.
Redcliffe Cruise and Travel are proud members of ATAC (Australian Travel Agents Co-Operative). We are fully accredited by AFTA (Australian Federation of Travel Agents) which means you have peace of mind when booking with us. We have partnered with many suppliers to bring you the best deals for flights, tours, cruises, transfers and accommodation. Operating since 1948, Redcliffe Cruise and Travel is the oldest travel agency on the Redcliffe Peninsula and are proud of their friendly and experienced staff that are dedicated to helping you plan your ideal vacation. From Europe to Asia, Africa and America, Redcliffe Cruise and Travel have all the bases covered.
Let your international adventure begin with Redcliffe Cruise and Travel.
As popular as do-it-yourself travel is and as savvy as we are with all things online, there are some aspects of travel that are much better dealt with through a travel agency and someone who really knows what they are doing. Tammy and Redcliffe Cruise and Travel are so knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with those aspects of travel that are challenging. Its good to work through someone who knows what they are doing and who take as much interest in you having a great holiday as you do!!
The service provided is always helpful and comprehensive. The booking documentation is always delivered on time to allow checking and to make changes if necessary.
I have used Tammy at Redcliffe Cruise and Travel twice now to book our family holidays. We have found her to be very professional and efficient. She has also been very obliging when I have had to ask questions regarding our holiday. We will definitely be using her in the future.
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