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Healthy holiday tips — infographic

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When you’re planning to travel overseas, it’s important to think about your health as you prepare for your trip. No one plans to get sick when they’re away, but it’s best to be prepared just in case you do.

Before you travel, take a look at the guide below and take steps to prevent any unwanted surprises. This can help you if you have a medical emergency, and may even prevent something disastrous from happening.

Depending on where you will be traveling, you may need to take different protective measures. Visit for travel advice for your destination.

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See your doctor

Get a health check preferably 6 to 12 weeks before going overseas. Be up to date with routine vaccinations and ask about other immunisations.

Keep a mask handy

Wearing a face mask can help protect you, and those around you, from viruses while you’re travelling.

Get travel insurance

Medicare usually won’t cover you if you’re hurt or unwell overseas. Look out for your policy's COVID cover.

Protect yourself from mozzies

Parts of the world including South America, Africa and Asia are home to mosquito-borne diseases like yellow fever and malaria.

Pack personal essentials

Remember things like tampons, nappies and contraceptives.

Check for travel requirements

Some countries, airlines and vessel operators may have COVID-19 travel requirements in place.

Practise good hygiene

Undertake appropriate hand and respiratory hygiene, and physically distance from others where possible.

Research the water quality at your destination

Drinking contaminated water could lead to gastro or hepatitis A.

Be aware of rabies

Warm-blooded animals such as monkeys, dogs and bats can transfer rabies through bites and scratches.

Check if your medication is legal at your destination

Some medications might need a customs clearance.

Visit for travel advice at your destination. Call 1300 555 135 (domestic) or +61 2 6261 3305 (international) for 24-hour consular assistance.

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Last reviewed: January 2024

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