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See your doctor
Preferably 6 to 12 weeks before going overseas.
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.
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.
Pack personal essentials
Remember things like tampons, nappies and contraceptives.
Get travel insurance
Medicare usually won’t cover you if you’re hurt or unwell overseas.
Check if your medication is legal at your destination
Some medications might need a customs clearance.
Rethink medical tourism
Cosmetic surgery and dental procedures overseas may be risky or unreliable.
Visit smarttraveller.gov.au for travel advice at your destination.
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Last reviewed: December 2019