Information for Travellers

This page contains information for travellers about Ebola outbreaks overseas, border measures in Australia, protecting yourself while travelling and what to do if you become unwell.

Page last updated: 05 November 2015

The Australian Government advises Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where there is widespread, intense transmission of Ebola.

For advice and implications for your travel, see the Smartraveller ‘Ebola outbreak in west Africa’ travel bulletin.

What should I do if I am travelling in affected countries and feel unwell?

Australians should reconsider their need to travel to affected countries in Africa. The current outbreak of Ebola has overwhelmed many local health facilities and if you become ill while in these countries options for obtaining routine or emergency medical care may be severely limited. If you become unwell while in transit you should advise airline staff or border officers.

Travellers should ensure that if they are in the region for work, that their employer has relevant contingency plans, and if you travel to the region independently, you should ensure that you travel insurance will cover medical evacuation and treatment if necessary.

What should I do if I return from travel in affected countries and feel unwell?

If you arrive in Australia and you feel unwell, you should advise a border officer at the airport.

If you develop any symptoms within 21 days of leaving an affected country, call 1800 186 815 and tell the health worker that you have been in Africa or if you have been in contact with someone who may have had Ebola. The health worker will help you and advise what to do next.

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