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Travel health for Australians

In 2018, more than 11 million Australians returned from short overseas trips. Travel is exciting but there is a risk you could catch diseases you wouldn’t normally come across.

If you prepare for travel, you can stay healthy and enjoy your trip. There are many things to think about, such as protecting yourself from insect bites, unsafe food and sexually transmissible infections.

Following Australian Government advice to travellers means you’re less likely to get sick or bring back unwelcome diseases.

If you become unwell within 2 weeks of returning to Australia, see a doctor and tell them where you’ve been travelling.

What we’re doing about travel health

We provide information for travellers to help them avoid health issues:

We also work with other agencies to reduce the risk of diseases entering and spreading in Australia.

Support services

Smartraveller

If you're going overseas, visit the Smartraveller website for advice on staying healthy while travelling. Information on vaccinations, disease outbreaks, prescription medicines and medical emergencies is also available.

Consular assistance

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