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‘Don’t Get Caught Out’: Ashes Tour travel advice

The Women’s and Men’s England Cricket Teams will be touring Australia between 22 October 2017 and 10 February 2018.

Ashes

The women’s team will play three one-day internationals (ODI’s), one test match and three Twenty20 International (T20) matches. The men’s team will play five Tests, five ODIs and two T20 matches.

As well as this advice we have created, please check out our travel advice for Australia.

Passports, visas and travel insurance

Please check your passport and visa details:

At the matches

Match venues will be enforcing their standard conditions of entry. Patrons should expect to be subject to bag searches before being permitted entry. Prohibited items generally include:

  • alcohol

  • drugs

  • glass bottles or breakable containers

  • metal containers

  • cans

  • offensive weapons - including potential projectiles

  • flags over 1m x 1m in size

  • musical instruments

  • professional camera/video/audio equipment

All match venues reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone who is intoxicated and/or disorderly. Licensing laws are strictly enforced; even being mildly intoxicated can lead to being refused entry.   Please see the following match venues’ websites for their full conditions of entry:

Tips

The number of travelling fans is expected to peak for the Melbourne and Sydney Tests which take place around Christmas and New Year. Some shops and service providers may be closed during this time, so please ensure you have adequate stocks of prescription medicines or any other items you may need.

The level of crime is no higher than in the UK. Be careful with personal possessions and travel documents in cities and other popular tourist destinations. Avoid carrying everything in one bag; only carry what you need; and leave spare cash and valuables in hotel safety deposit boxes. Don’t leave bags unattended in vehicles, internet cafes, pubs or clubs. Theft from safety deposit boxes is common in cheaper hotels and hostels. You can reduce the risk of losing your passport by getting a proof of age card. This is an accepted form of ID for many services like opening bank accounts or entering licensed premises. By getting a card soon after you arrive you will limit the need to carry your passport with you.

As a visitor, you can drive in Australia using a valid UK driving licence. You must carry your driving licence and passport when driving. Make sure you have sufficient insurance, including if you borrow a car from a friend or relative. If you’re hiring a car immediately on arrival be extra careful - you may be jetlagged and tired from your flight. Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is illegal. The penalties can be severe. You must wear a seat belt at all times. Take particular care when driving on un-sealed roads, 4WD tracks and desert/beach roads. Always ensure you have enough water and fuel.

Be sun smart! The Australian sun is very strong, and the incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the UK rate. The Cancer Council Australia website has tips on how to protect your skin and help prevent skin cancer.

Make sure you arrange comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel to Australia. Under the reciprocal healthcare arrangements, British citizens resident in the UK and travelling on a British passport are entitled to limited subsidised health services from Medicare for medically necessary treatment while visiting Australia. This doesn’t cover pre-existing conditions, or treatment that doesn’t require prompt attention. If you don’t have comprehensive medical insurance and aren’t covered under the reciprocal arrangements, costs for treatment can be high. For more information, visit the Medicare website. If you visit one of their offices while in Australia, take your passport and your NHS card (if you have it).

Australia is prone to seasonal natural disasters including tropical cyclones, flash flooding, dust storms and bushfires (forest fires). Tropical Cyclones occur, mainly in Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia between November and April. You should monitor the progress of approaching storms and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Rip currents are the main surf hazard for all beach users. They can occur at any beach, and can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea. Rip currents are responsible for 20 coastal drowning deaths and over 15,000 rescues in Australia each year. Take the following simple precautions:

  • don’t swim on unpatrolled beaches or after hours

  • always swim between the red and yellow flags

  • don’t swim after consuming alcohol or drugs

  • always swim with a friend; never alone

British consular offices

Our consulates around Australia support British nationals in need of assistance.

Emergency services numbers

In a life threatening or time critical emergency, call 000 or 112 (national 24 hour numbers) and state whether you need Police, Fire or Ambulance. To contact the Police in a non–emergency situation (e.g. if your passport has been lost/stolen), call:

  • Melbourne – (03) 9247 6666

  • All other Tour locations – 13 14 44

Further information

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Published 24 October 2017