Travel health

Whatever your destination, considering health issues before you leave is an essential part of planning for an overseas visit. This page provides information to help you prepare for travelling overseas and what you should think about before you leave and after you come home.

Travelling overseas? Get travel insurance and register your travel plans.


Travel resources and advice

Smartraveller: up-to-date travel information and advice before you go overseas

For up to date travel warnings, travel advice and travel info, visit the Smartraveller website.

Smartraveller’s tips for young travellers:

  • Register, subscribe, insure and know the exclusions of your insurance policy
  • Check the validity of your travel documents
  • Don’t ever purchase, carry or consume drugs
  • Know your alcohol limits
  • Choose safe transport options
  • Know the law and respect local customs
  • Take care of your mates
  • Phone home regularly

Health and immunisation advice for travelling

Start planning your trip in advance – check the Department of Health travel site for general advice about what to consider before you go.

Fitfortravel has up to date travel information, what vaccinations to get, what countries and areas are high risk for malaria and other health advice on a country-by-country basis.

Make an appointment to see a GP at Curtin Health Service, or talk to your local doctor for travel advice and immunisation.

Don't get caught at Customs! - What can I bring back to Australia?

Australia has strict rules about what you can bring in to the country. Don’t get caught out or have your goods confiscated. Find out what you have to declare.

Sex in other cities

Sex sometimes happens on holidays whether we plan it or not. We are more likely to take greater risks away from home so to avoid coming home with more than an empty bank account plan ahead and follow these simple tips.

  • Pack condoms before you leave home.
  • Have an STI test before you go and after you get back.
  • Sex workers in other countries do not hold the same standards of safer sex and STI testing as they do in Australia. Take condoms and insist on using them.
  • Drugs and alcohol can impair our ability to keep our wits about us and recognise dangers – in a foreign place this becomes even more important.

For more information visit the Sex in Other Cities website.