Before you leave
Overseas travel can be a great experience, but it can also expose you to serious infectious diseases. Plan and prepare your travel to stay safe:
- Research your destinations on the Smartraveller website.
- See a doctor for medical advice and to find out what vaccinations you need for travel.
- Understand how to avoid infection risks – see travel health advice for tips.
- Use the health checklist before you go to make sure you’ve covered everything.
Also see our guidance on international travel and COVID-19.
If you are planning to get medical or dental treatment, do some research first. For tips on how to reduce your risk, see going overseas for a medical procedure.
While you travel
When you are overseas you should take steps to reduce your risk of infectious diseases:
- Keep up to date about health risks with Smartraveller subscriber alerts.
- Protect yourself from insect-borne diseases and diseases spread by animals.
- Practice good personal hygiene and food safety.
- Avoid contaminated food and water.
- Avoid unprotected sex (and understand what safe sex means).
- Avoid activities such as tattooing or sharing needles, to reduce your risk of blood-borne diseases.
If you need a doctor, medicine or mental health support, see medical help overseas to find out what to do.
You cannot claim Medicare for telehealth or other services while you are overseas, even if the healthcare provider is in Australia.
When you return
If you become unwell:
- before your trip home – see a doctor
- on your way home – tell your flight or vessel crew or visit your vessel’s medical centre
- while in the airport or seaport – tell a biosecurity officer
- in the weeks after you return home – see a doctor and tell them where you travelled.
Find out what symptoms to watch out for when you return.
If you are concerned about a disease, talk to a doctor or contact your state or territory health department.
What we’re doing about travel health
We provide information for travellers to help them avoid infectious diseases and other health-related issues. Our work to support vaccination services helps to keep travellers safe.
We also work to reduce the risk of diseases entering Australia through international travel. Find out about:
Programs and resources
Travelling with medicines and medical devices
Watch this video to find out what to do when preparing for your trip and going through border control. It also tells you about the requirements that may apply when coming to Australia.
Medical Treatment Overseas Program
If you are travelling overseas for life-saving medical treatment not available in Australia, you can apply for financial help under this program.
Guidelines for yellow fever vaccination providers
These guidelines help health practices seeking to become yellow fever vaccination centres. Doctors and eligible nurse practitioners must complete a course and become accredited.