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  Special Precautions Certificate Required
Yellow Fever No *
Cholera No No
Typhoid and Polio No Not applicable
Malaria No Not applicable

* A yellow fever certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age arriving within 6 days of leaving or transiting countries with infected areas.

Health care

Dentists and doctors and are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. There is a mutual health agreement with the UK in emergencies only, which allows residents from the UK free hospital treatment.

A passport or proof of UK residence, such as an NHS medical card or a UK driving licence, must be shown. Prescribed medicines, ambulances and treatment at various doctors’ surgeries must be paid for.

Personal insurance for accidents and illness is highly recommended for all visitors. Those wishing to benefit from the agreement should enrol at a Medicare office, which can be done after treatment.

Other risks

Occasional outbreaks of dengue fever and Ross River fever have occurred in rural areas in northern Australia in new years.

There have been reports of Murray Valley encephalitis in the Northern Territory. Jellyfish, corals, and fresh water crocodiles may prove a hazard to the bather, and heat is a hazard in the northern and central parts of Australia.

Insectivorous and fruit eating bats have been found to carry a virus related to the rabies virus and should be avoided. Venomous snakes and spiders exist throughout Australia and can be very dangerous. Medical assistance should be sought instantly if bitten.

Food and Drink

Values of hygiene in food preparation are very high. Milk is pasteurised and vegetables and meat are considered safe to eat.

Care should be taken, however, when sampling ’bush tucker’ in outback areas as some fauna and insects are very poisonous unless properly cooked.


There are strict health and custom controls on entering and leaving the country, and Australian law can inflict severe penalties on health infringements.

Australia has the right to isolate any person who arrives without the required certificates. Carriers are responsible for expenses of isolation of all travellers arriving by air who are not in possession of the necessary vaccination certificates.

All arriving aircraft are sprayed before disembarkation to avoid the spread of disease carrying insects.

Useful travel links
CDC Official site of the US Centers for Disease Control
MASTA The Medical Advisory Services for Travellers
No jet lag All about jet lag. What is it and who gets it
SOS International SOS
WHO The official site of the World Health Organization