Low Income Health Care Card if you travel outside Australia
There are limits on how long your card remains current when you travel outside Australia. You must keep meeting the rules for this card at all times.
When you can keep your card
If you leave Australia temporarily, your card will remain current for up to 6 weeks.
When you can’t keep your card
We’ll cancel your card if you leave Australia:
- temporarily and you will be away for more than 6 weeks, or
- if you go to live in another country
When you come back
If you’ve been overseas for more than 6 weeks you need to apply for the Low Income Health Care Card again.
When to tell us about your travel plans
You need to tell us if:
- you’re going to live in another country
- you’ll be away for more than 6 weeks
If you’re going away for less than 6 weeks you don’t need to tell us. The immigration department will tell us when you leave and return.
How to tell us
The easiest way is using your Centrelink online account through myGov.
Learn how to register for an online account if you don’t already have one.
If you can’t use an online account, tell us your travel plans by:
Read more about payments while outside Australia.