If you travel or live outside Australia this may affect your health care, child support and Centrelink payments.
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Before you travel
Register your travel plans on smartraveller on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
Remember to buy travel insurance. If you’re not insured, you’ll need to pay for medical costs overseas.
What else to do
Check health coverage
If you’re travelling overseas for treatment, Medicare won’t cover you.
You’ll need your Medicare card to access treatment.
Organise medication and vaccinations
There are strict rules on travelling overseas with Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) medicine. You can carry your own for personal use, or for someone travelling with you. Make sure the medicine is legal in the country you're going to.
Get any vaccinations you need. Ask your vaccination provider to add them to the Australian Immunisation Register so they’re on your immunisation history statement. You need to provide proof you’ve been vaccinated against specific diseases to enter some countries. You can also carry a printed copy with you.
You can view Immunisation History Statements online for you or your child under 14. You’ll need to register for a Medicare online account first.
Check Centrelink payments
There are different rules that cover how travelling outside Australia may affect you. We can adjust your payments or concession cards or stop them based on these rules.
While you're overseas, make sure to tell us if your circumstances change.
If you live outside Australia and get a Centrelink payment, read Australian Pension News for the latest information.
Check Child Support
If you live outside Australia this may affect your child support.
If you leave Australia please call us before you leave. You departure may affect how we manage your case.
If your circumstances change while overseas call us from outside Australia.
Social security agreements with other countries
Australia has international social security agreements with some countries. If you've lived in Australia and an agreement country, you may be able to claim payments from both countries.
Page last updated: 4 March 2020