Preparing to move abroad is no small feat, so it is crucial to stay organized and realistic. After being accepted into the program, I met with advisors to help get my resume out to companies in Sydney. These advisors also helped arrange my housing, as it would be difficult to find a two-month lease. I filled out an application for a Work/Holiday Pass (visa) with the Australian government and a health declaration form. Right now, all visa holders who are fully vaccinated may travel to Australia without a travel exemption or Covid-19 testing.
To enter Australia, you are required to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration Form. This process begins one week before your flight and must be approved before you can check into your flight (photo below). You will need to upload your vax card, passport, and flight itinerary to achieve this. Upon landing, you must show your DPD on your phone while going through the “E-Passport” lane where you get your photo taken.
Next, I registered for “International SOS,” an abroad safety/insurance application in case of an emergency.
Another important decision to make when moving abroad is how to handle your cellular plan. When deciding how to handle your data plan, you have 2 options: Option 1: purchase an international plan with your provider (it can be pretty pricey), or Option 2: buy a SIM card locally (prepaid and allows you to call internationally but with a limited amount of international texting).
Lastly, I packed my bags with an assortment of professional clothes, casual wear, and a few nicer tops for nights out! It is currently winter in Australia, so my sweaters and jackets took up a large amount of space in my luggage.
I planned to arrive a few days ahead of the internship program so I could adjust to the time change and explore a few cities outside of Sydney!