Travel Guides

Welcome to our travel section where currently we have travel health tips. This is a guide only.
Please consult your doctor for further detailed advice.

Africa - Health Tips

Your Medical Kit:
All countries: Analgesics, travel sickness pills, wound dressings, antiseptic, sunscreen, supplies of your contraceptive, syringes, insect repellent, bottled water or purifying tablets, contact lens solutions, sunglasses, hat, disposable nappies, anti-diarrhoea medication (we recommend Lomotil). If you're travelling outside urban areas: condoms and tampons.

Malaria
Malaria is an endemic in some areas. Your doctor can prescribe the correct preventative treatment. No preventative treatment is completely effective. As malaria is carried by mosquitos, travellers should avoid being bitten.

To Avoid Trouble, Don't Take:
All countries: Any item you did not pack yourself. (Drug trafficking penalties are severe in some countries).

Ask your Pharmacist or Doctor if you should receive vaccinations for:
Tetanus, diphtheria, polio, Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever, cholera, meningococcal meningitis and Japanese encephalitis.
A certificate of vaccination is required in some countries, if the traveller has come from an area where an infection is endemic.

This is a guide only.
Please consult your doctor for further detailed advice.

Some Emergency Numbers:

  • South Africa - 10111, Kenya - 999, Zimbabwe - 995
  • Australian High Commission: South Africa - 27-21 419 5425-9

Asia/Middle East - Health Tips

All countries: Analgesics, travel sickness pills, wound dressings, antiseptic, sunscreen, tampons, supplies of your contraceptive pill (with a doctor's letter), contact lens solution if you're travelling outside urban areas, mosquito repellent, condoms, anti-diarrhoea medication (Lomotil is highly effective).

To Avoid Trouble, Don't Take:
Japan: Pseudoephedrine-containing products. Found in many nasal decongestants and cold remedies.
All Asian countries: Prescription tablets (including anti-malarials) or syringes unless you have a doctor's letter.
Kuwait and Saudi Arabia: Alcoholic drinks.
India: Narcotic analgesics.
All countries: Any item you did not pack yourself. (Drug trafficking penalties are severe in some countries).

Malaria:
Malaria is an endemic in some areas. Your doctor can prescribe the correct preventative treatment. No preventative treatment is completely effective. As malaria is carried by mosquitos, travellers should avoid being bitten.

Ask your Pharmacist or Doctor if you should receive vaccinations for:
Tetanus, diphtheria, polio, Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever, cholera, meningococcal meningitis and Japanese encephalitis.
A certificate of vaccination is required in some countries, if the traveller has come from an area where an infection is endemic.

This is a guide only.
Please consult your doctor for further detailed advice.
Some Emergency Phone Numbers:
Hong Kong - 999, Malaysia - 999,
India - 100, Thailand - 1012, Japan - 110
Australian Embassy, Japan: 81-3 5232 4111
Australian Consulate-General, Hong Kong: 852 2827 8881
Australian Consulate-General, India: 91-22 218 1071

Europe - Health Tips

Your Medical Kit:
All countries: Analgesics, travel sickness pills, wound dressings, antiseptic, sunscreen, condoms, anti-diarrhoea medication (Lomotil is highly effective).
Russia: Your insulin and syringes.
Poland: Tampons.
Greece: Your contraceptive pill. High SPF sunscreen. Contact lens solution.
Croatia: A certificate confirming that you're free from HIV infection. Legally required but rarely enforced.

To Avoid Trouble, Don't Take:
Greece: Codeine, found in some analgesics and cough medicines. It is a restricted substance. A certificate of vaccination is required in some countries, if the traveller has come from an area where infection is endemic.

All countries: Any item you did not pack yourself. (Drug trafficking penalties are severe in some countries).

Some Emergency Phone Numbers:

  • Belgium - 101, France - 19, Germany - 110
  • Australian High Comm, UK: 44 171 379 4334
  • Australian Embassy, Berlin: 49-30-88 0088-0
  • Australian Consulate, Spain: 34 95 422 0971
  • Australian Embassy, Belgium: 32-2 286 0500
  • Australian Embassy, Greece: 30-1 6 45 0404
  • Australian Embassy, Paris: 33 01 4059 3300

North/South America - Health Tips

Your Medical Kit:
All countries: Analgesics, travel sickness pills, wound dressings, antiseptic, sunscreen, anti-diarrhoea medication (we recommend Lomotil). Tampons, condoms, ear plugs if you're travelling outside urban areas.
Outside urban areas in South America: Contact lens solution.
Mexico: Insect repellent.
Peru and Bolivia: Contact lens solution.

To Avoid Trouble, Don't Take:
Canada: Prescription medicines unless you have the prescription or pharmacist's label.
All countries: Any item you didn't pack yourself. (Drug trafficking penalties are severe in some countries.)

Malaria:
Malaria is an endemic in some areas. Your doctor can prescribe the correct preventative treatment. No preventative treatment is completely effective. As malaria is carried by mosquitos, travellers should avoid being bitten.

Ask your Pharmacist or Doctor if you should receive vaccinations for:
Tetanus, diphtheria, polio, Hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever, cholera, meningococcal meningitis and Japanese encephalitis.
A certificate of vaccination is required in some countries, if the traveller has come from an area where an infection is endemic.

This is a guide only.
Please consult your doctor for further detailed advice.

Some Emergency Phone Numbers:

  • US/Canada - 911, Chile - 133
  • Australian Embassy, USA: 1-2-2 797 3000
  • Australian Embassy, Chile: 56-2 228 5065
  • Australian Consulate-General, Canada: 1-416 323 1155.

 

My Checklist

 

Analgesic           
Travel Sickness Pills
Wound dressing
Antiseptic
Sunscreen
Anti-diarrhoea medication (Lomotil is highly effective)
Tampons
Contact lens solution
Condoms
Mosquito repellent
Water purifying tablets
Disposable nappies
Syringes
Contraceptive pills
Malaria tablets

 The above Travel Health Tips and accompanying Checklist produced with the assistance of MASTA, (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad).

For more information about travel health,
contact MASTA on + 61 (02) 9971 1499.

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