Travel outside Australia

There are rules about how long your Commonwealth Seniors Health Card remains current when you travel outside Australia.

If you leave Australia to live in another country, your card will be cancelled when you depart.

If your travel is short term, your card will remain current for up to 19 weeks. After 19 weeks, your card will be cancelled and you’ll need to reapply once you return to Australia.

Before travelling, make sure your income details are up to date. This will make the process quicker and easier if you need to reapply for your card on return to Australia.

If you’re eligible for a quarterly supplement, this will be paid to you if:

  • you’re outside of Australia short term
  • the quarterly supplement test day is within the first 6 weeks of your travel.

If your Commonwealth Seniors Health Card cancels, your quarterly supplement will stop.

Page last updated: 29 June 2023.
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