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Tours FAQ

Should I register myself with SmarTraveler before I depart Australia?

SmarTraveller is a registry and information service operated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Athletes are strongly encouraged to review the information contained on this site about their destination country and to register their travels with SmarTraveler before leaving Australia. SmartTraveler can be accessed by clicking here.

What equipment should I pack?

What you will pack is location and weather dependent.  However, as a minimum you should pack the following items:

Fencing Equipment

1x pair of fencing shoes;

2x pairs of fencing socks

1 x set of fencing breaches

1x under plasteron

1 x fencing jacket

1x lame (if applicable)

1 x mask

1x interchangeable bib (if applicable)

5 x body wires

4 x mask wires (if applicable)

4 x assembled and functioning weapons

2 x spare blades (set if required)

2 x gloves

1 x tape (if applicable)

1 x tool set

All fencing equipment should be named, and must carry the relevant rating for the competition and as specified by the host and the FIE.

Training Equipment

The quantity of training equipment is dependent on the number of days an athlete is away. Athletes should use their discretion when packing:

-        Compression garments (if applicable)

-        T-Shirts

-        Shorts

-        Tracksuit pants

-        Hoodie/ jacket

-        Runners

Casual clothes

The type of clothes packed will be dependent on the location and time of year travelling. Athletes should pack accordingly. Clothes include:

-        Shoes

-        Shirts

-        Button-up/ formal shirt

-        Jeans

-        Jumper/ jacket

-        Long sleeve shirt

-        Beanie/ scarf

Toiletries

Athletes should pack all personal toiletries as well as underwear and socks for the duration of the tour.

Toiletries often neglected include:

-        Sun cream

-        Iodine solution

-        Insect repellant

-        Sanitizer

I have been asked to supply relevant medical information including current medication. Is it important that I supply accurate and truthful information?

Yes. It is very important that you supply current medical information including medication currently taken. It is also important that you update the requestor should the information become superseded. Information supplied will be handled in the strictest of confidence.

I have been asked to pay a deposit. Why have I been asked to pay a deposit and what does it cover?

In order to assist athletes and their parents with cash flow and to cover the cost of pre-paid expenses for the tour each athletes is asked to make an upfront contribution prior to taking part in a tour. The deposits held will be credited towards the athlete’s final contribution to the cost of the tour.

What currency should I bring and how should I budget?

You should check the local currency of the country that you are travelling to. You should research the average cost of household items and meals in the country together with the cost of a meal in the hotel and you should budget so that you can cover at least three meals per day and the cost water. You should budget for at least one group activity, spending money and emergency money. As a general rule, it is beneficial to carry a USD emergency float.

Should I have at least six months validity on my passport?

Yes. This is required by almost all counties in the world you may travel to.  If you don’t and you require a visa please organize a new passport before submission of your details for a visa or for an official letter to obtain a visa. You should also upload your new details onto the portal.

Will I have a daily schedule?

Yes. Team meetings will generally occur daily and in the evening at a set time and at a set point usually within the team’s hotel. At each team meeting athletes will receive the next days schedule. The daily schedule will factor in training, competition, rest and recovery sessions.

I am competing in an overseas competition. Will there be a weapons check?

Yes. Athletes will generally be allotted a time by the team manager to do their weapons check. As a general rule this should be done at least two days before competition.  You should take your entire kit including all weapons, wires, socks, gloves and interchangeable bibs to weapons check for testing.

Is it safe to drink tap water?

Athletes should perform their own research to determine if drinking tap water in a country is safe. However, as a general rule you are discouraged from drinking tap water and should source an adequate supply of bottled water for drinking. Athletes should also be aware that boiling water might not be sufficient.  Athletes should also be ware of the risk associated with ice in their drinks, drink mixers from tap and other drinks where water is added at the point of sale. 

Should I consult with my GP about whether or not I need to be adequately vaccinated and about local health warnings for the country that I am travelling to?

Yes. Athletes are encouraged to see their GP at least 6 weeks before leaving Australia.

Do I need a visa?

You should perform adequate research to determine whether or not you need a visa for the country that you are competing in. Checking with the consulate for the relevant information is advised. If you require an invitation letter before applying for a visa the tour manager will organize this.

I am under the age of 18 and I am travelling unaccompanied (by my guardian) with the Australian Team, should a consent form be supplied to the tour manager?

Yes. The tour manager will circulate a pro-forma consent form. It is important that guardians execute this as instructed and return it to the tour manager

I am booking my flights for the tour. Do I need to use the advised travel agent for the tour?

Athletes are strongly encouraged to use the nominated agent to book their travels. The nominated agent will have the relevant flight details for the team including pre-determined flights. It is important that you send to the tour manager a copy of your itinerary once your flight is booked. Please do not copy and paste the fight details into a document or advise flight details in general terms.

Will I have the opportunity to do laundry whilst I am travelling?

Hotels will generally have a laundry service. This can be expensive. Athletes may have the opportunity to use a local laundromat. If an athlete anticipates that they will need to undertake laundry, they are encouraged to pack travel laundry soap and the apparatus sufficient to wash items in their hotel room.

Am I required to stay with the team at the hotel and what will the arrangements be?

Yes. It is mandatory that all athletes stay at the nominated hotel for the duration of the tour. The tour manager will book accommodation for the entire team. Your usage will be based on your flight itinerary. If you are asked for your room sharing preference, this is a guide only. Athletes may share rooms with athletes outside of their preference. Whilst tour managers will attempt to meet preferences, this isn’t always possible and as such athletes may share rooms outside of their nominated preference. Once rooms are allocated, tour managers will not make changes to sharing allocations.

Will breakfast be supplied by the hotel?

Generally breakfast is supplied by the hotel or tour managers will make arrangements to have breakfast supplied by the hotel for each team member. However, this may not always be possible and as such athletes are encouraged to ensure their budget allocates a portion to purchasing breakfast each day.

Will I need an electrical adaptor for the country that I am travelling to?

Athletes should research if they need an adaptor to be able to use their electrical items in the country they are travelling to and purchase and pack the relevant adaptor.

Should I check the weather of my destination country?

Yes. Athletes should research the weather of their destination country and pack clothing accordingly.

What are the transfer/ transport arrangements?

Generally transfers will be organized from the airport to and from the team’s hotel and from the hotel to and from the competition venue.

Do I need to buy my own water and snacks?

Yes. Athletes are required to make arrangements to ensure that they are carrying enough water each day together with appropriate snacks to get them through the day.

Should I pack a weapons repair kit?

Yes.  Kits will vary per weapon. You should pack the appropriate apparatus to be able to repair your weapons. This includes allen keys, tips, springs, tape, acetone, pliers etc. It is also beneficial to pack a sewing kit and spare lame materials.

Should I test the contents of my fencing kit before leaving Australia?

Yes. You should perform your own comprehensive weapons check at least one month before leaving Australia so that you can make arrangements to replace any faulty part of your kit. You should also do a weapons check of your kit one week before leaving Australia to ensure that your kit will pass weapons check. It is also advisable to carry your own testing kit to test your weapons before taking them through to weapons check at the competition.

Should I set my phone to international roaming?

Ideally all athletes should be contactable at all times.

What emergency contact information should I carry at all times?

You should carry at all times:

-        the name and address of the competition venue;

-        the name and address of the hotel;

-        The tour manager’s room number;

-        The tour managers mobile number;

-        the local Australian embassy or consulate’s number; and

-        your domestic emergency contact’s number.

You should commit to memory your passport number.

You should make arrangements to have a copy of the following documents accessed electronically:

-        Flight itinerary;

Passport;

-        Visa; and

-        State identification (eg drivers license or proof of age card.

Is it safe to leave my valuables out whilst I am travelling?

No. All athletes should be mindful of their valuables and as best as possible keep them in a secure location or on their persons.

Should I pack toiletries for training and competition days?

Yes. At a minimum you should bring a personal sweat towel, toilet paper and deodorant to competition venues.

Should I carry a personal first aid kit?

Yes. Whilst tour managers will generally carry a team kit, it is strongly advised to bring a well-stocked personal first aid kit. In addition to a standard personal first aid kit you should include electrolyte tablets, iodine solution, sanitizer, additional gauze, strapping tape and basic counter medications like paracetamol and ibuprofen (if not allergic) and Imodium

Do I need an Australian tracksuit?

Yes. You should purchase an Australian tracksuit (note: not an AFT tracksuit) and wear it whilst travelling to and from the country.

Does my fencing uniform require name stenciling?

Yes. Surname and country code must be stenciled in accordance with the FIE rules.

Am I covered under the Australian Fencing Federation's insurance program whilst travelling?

Yes – all travelling athletes are automatically included under the AFFs insurance program and will be invoiced for their use of the program. Athletes may opt out of the program with advanced notice at registration only.

Should I research the country I am travelling to

Yes. You should be aware of local customs (like dress), the local geography and conditions before leaving Australia.

How early should I arrive in the competition city?

You should book your flights so that you leave a full day at least (preferably two) prior to the start of your event to allow for acclimatisation, lost luggage, weapons check & repairs, jet lag, training and warm-ups, etc.