Health And Inoculations
No particular health certificates or vaccinations are currently required for entry into Australia unless visitors are arriving from, or have visited, a yellow fever infected country within 6 days prior to arrival in Australia. Geographic isolation, strict quarantine laws and a high standard of health care contribute to Australia being a very healthy country in which to travel. However, should medical attention be needed, the citizens of many countries (including UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Finland) are entitled to subsidised health services for medically necessary treatment under the reciprocal health care agreement with Medicare, Australia's national health scheme. www.humanservices.gov.au has further details.
In any event, it is strongly recommended that all travellers take out comprehensive health insurance before departure to cover the duration of their stay in Australia.
Food hygiene standards and water quality are very good. It is generally safe to eat anywhere and drink tap water without concern.
Medicine brought into Australia for personal use must be declared on arrival. The issuing doctor's prescription or a letter outlining the medicines carried is recommended. If additional prescription medicine is required whilst travelling in Australia, the prescription must be written by a doctor in Australia.
Some special precautions:
- Always wear a high protection sunscreen. Pack a hat, sunglasses and try to minimise your time in the midday sun.
- Always observe safety signs and warnings regarding swimming restrictions.
- Always swim between the yellow and red flags on the patrolled surf beaches.
- Insect repellant is recommended, particularly for visitors travelling in tropical parts of Australia.