When travelling outside of Australia, there’s a chance you could get sick from a number of diseases that are preventable by being vaccinated. Vaccination is safe and effective and is especially important when travelling. People with medically at-risk conditions may require additional vaccines. Talk to your doctor for more information.

Why you need to get vaccinated

When you travel, you may be at increased risk from disease through contaminated water or food, contact with infected people, cuts, insect or animal bites. Some diseases are also more common in certain countries. Here are a few reasons why travel vaccinations are important:

  • protect you against certain diseases
  • protect the health of others (so you don’t spread diseases)
  • protect you from expensive medical bills
  • and give you peace of mind so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest.


Diseases you may be at risk of

Some diseases are also more common outside Australia. Here are some of the infectious diseases you may be at risk of when travelling overseas:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Rabies
  • Tuberculosis
  • Typhoid
  • Chickenpox (varicella)
  • Yellow fever
  • Cholera
  • Measles, mumps and rubella

Which vaccines do you need?

There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to travel vaccinations. Countries have different vaccination requirements. Also, everyone’s individual needs and travel itinerary is different. It all depends on:

  • where you’re going
  • your age
  • your medical condition
  • your vaccination history
  • the season you’re traveling in
  • if you’re pregnant or planning to be.

Visit your doctor, travel doctor, or other health provider to figure out your travel vaccination plan.

Timing is everything

There are several reasons why it is recommended you visit your doctor or a travel health clinic 6–12 weeks before your trip:

  • You may need multiple doses of particular vaccines.
  • Your body might need time to develop full immunity.
  • Even if you’ve had a vaccination before, you may need a booster dose.

If you’re past the 6–12 week mark, talk to your doctor as soon as possible to find out what you need to do.

There’s no vaccine for COVID-19 yet

Due to the global pandemic, all overseas travel is currently banned, with few exceptions. While there is no vaccine for Coronavirus (COVID-19) yet, you can help keep yourself and others safe by:

  • Getting tested if you have any of the following symptoms, no matter how mild. Symptoms include:
    • fever
    • cough
    • sore throat
    • shortness of breath
    • runny nose
    • fatigue
    • loss of smell and / or taste
    • other symptoms people may experience include muscle or joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea, and / or vomiting and loss of appetite.
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Clean your hands regularly with soap and water
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or bent elbow
  • Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from others – think two arm’s length
  • For more information on COVID-19 and travel click here.


For more information on vaccinations and travel visit the SmartTraveller website.