Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

Check the current security situation on the federal government website.

Important health risks

Insect-borne diseases

There is a risk of Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus all over the country, especially from January until May.

Dengue can occur in Queensland or on the Cocoseilande (Throat Islands). 

Sporadic cases of Japanese encephalitis in Outer Torres Strait Islands are reported. Since a few years outbreaks in the other states have also been reported.

Protect yourself against insects.


Ticks can transmit diseases.

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.


Update of basic vaccinations


Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travellers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

Yellow fever

Exceptionally mandatory for some travellers

There is no risk of yellow fever in this country. Vaccination is not required if you are travelling from Belgium.    

Vaccination is exceptionally compulsory if you have been in a country where yellow fever may occur in the past six days (see map). This also applies to transit through an airport.
This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

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