If you are an Australian citizen intending on, or are currently travelling or residing overseas, we encourage you to register your details on www.smartraveller.gov.au as part of your pre-travel planning, in addition to ensuring your travel insurance is up to date and your itinerary and contact details are provided to family or friends. For information about what consular assistance is available to you while overseas including what we can and cannot do for Australians overseas, please check the Australian Government's Consular Services Charter.
Our travel advice and country updates assess the level of risk in a particular destination so that you can make informed decisions about where and when to travel overseas. You can access the full range of travel information to help prepare for overseas travel on smartraveller.gov.au, including the travel advice for:
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For information about Australian passports, including to apply online or to report a lost or stolen passport, click here.
Living and Travelling Overseas (Services and Information)
Driving in Russia
Australians intending on driving in Russia require a translated and notarised copy of their current Australian driver’s licence. In addition, drivers must carry with them the original driver’s licence; passport (with a current Russian visa and migration card) and the vehicle’s registration and insurance certificates. It also recommended (although not mandatory) that you carry an international driver’s permit (check with your local motor club), the vehicle’s technical inspection card; a power of attorney authorising you to drive the car if the car is not in your name (or a rental certificate). Australians with Russian residency permits can drive on their current Australian driver’s licence for up to 60 days after arrival.
- Driving in Russia is on the right side of the road.
- Mostly all street signs are in Cyrillic (Russian script).
- Moscow’s traffic jams are notoriously bad, especially early in the morning and late afternoons.
Renewal of Australian Driver Licences
For information on renewing your Australian driver’s licence. please contact the transport authority of the state which issued your licence.
Australian Police Checks (criminal history records)
For information on obtaining Australian national police checks, known as a criminal history record or police clearances, please contact the Australian Federal Police (AFP)’s National Police Checks section
Australian Birth, Death and Marriage certificates
For information on, and to request copies of an Australian-issued certificate relating to a birth, death, marriage, changes of name, change of sex, adoption, or relationship registration; please contact the registration authority of the state which issued your certificate.
Social Security and Pension Payments
For information about Australian social security and pension payments, please contact Centrelink’s International Services (Department of Human Services).
Notarial Services and Document Legalisation Overseas
For information on Australian notarial services, click here.
Australian Government Hub
For information on other Australian government information or services, please check the Australian Government Hub at www.australia.gov.au