Tips and recommendations for healthy travel to top destinations
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Australia is a country of lush wildlife and large, modern cities. It offers unique opportunities for travelers all across the globe. Australia’s size and endless opportunities make it a popular tourist destination.
If you love nature, want an adventure or if you’re looking to relax in a beautiful city, Australia is a destination that can meet any of your vacation needs.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Australia. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Australia: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza.
There is a risk of contracting Japanese encephalitis in Australia. The infection is mosquito-borne, meaning all it takes is one bite to become infected. The infection is most common in rural areas.
Dengue is another mosquito-borne disease found in the country. Use of mosquito repellents or netting is highly recommended, especially in urban or residential areas.
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Americans planning to go to Australia will need a valid U.S. passport and a visa (or ETA) to enter the country. Many U.S. passport holders choose to get an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA), which is a label-free, electronic visa.
An ETA holder can travel to Australia as many times as they wish within 12 months of the ETA’s issue date. The longest length of each stay is three months.
The climate in Australia varies by region. It can range from hot and dry in the center of the continent, to cooler, more temperate weather in the south. Precipitation is sparse throughout the country.
One of biggest security and safety concerns in Australia centers on terrorism. The U.S. Department of State reports that international and domestic terrorists and terror organizations have targeted Australia in the past.
The nation does have a terrorist alert system in place which is accessible through the Australian National Security website. The system assesses the likelihood of an act of terror occurring in the country. The threat level is on a scale from “not expected,” all the way up to “certain.” If you are planning to visit Australia, you can monitor the terrorist alert system on their website or by calling the Australian National Security Hotline at 61-1-800-123-400.
U.S. citizens are not usually targets of criminal activity in Australia. But, robberies, theft and assaults are still common in many of the larger cities.
In popular tourist areas, foreigners are at risk of having purses snatched, pickpocketing and petty theft. Travelers should also exercise caution when visiting clubs or bars, as bar brawls and fights are fairly common.
If you are not observant or cautious, there is also a risk of having your drink spiked. Always watch your drink and be careful of your surroundings.
Australia is revered for ample animal life and abundant nature throughout the country. Many tourists find themselves in Australia to see the diverse wildlife or by hiking through the untouched brush. If you are a nature lover, this is the destination for you.
Before running out into untamed, wild lands, travelers should take the necessary steps to ensure their safety. If you are planning to embark on a tour, make sure you do all your research before jumping behind the wheel of a truck. Consider using a reputable tour service that will take you out themselves.
If you do want to drive on your own, remember that the paths you will take are filled with animals. Some of them may even be dangerous. Creatures such as emus often run alongside the cars and swerve at the last minute. Kangaroos are unpredictable and can jump right in front of your vehicle.
Driving at night is also not advised, as most accidents occur at this time as it is harder to see.
You should never feed or interact with the animals, as they are wild and can be provoked.
If you are planning to hike through the wilderness, be careful. Do not interact with any animals. Spider and snake bites can happen, and if they do, seek immediate medical attention. Wearing the protective footwear is the best form of protection.
Make sure you have a hat, sunscreen, insect repellant, maps and plenty of water. On hot summer days when the sun is burning and intense, avoid going on a walk. Make sure you know about the trails you plan to hike, as some are more difficult than others. If a walk is more challenging, consider going with a guide and never embark on a hike that is far beyond your ability. Always follow your map and the signs, and stay clear of cliff edges and anything beyond safety barriers.
There is limited cell service in the outback and other parts of the wilderness. Whether you are going on a tour and taking on a new hiking trail, always make sure someone knows where you will be. It may be difficult to call anyone in case of an emergency, so someone should always be aware of your location.
With its wide range of options, preparing for a trip to Australia or the outback can require some extra packing. Consider including these items in your luggage:
All Americans visiting Australia should register with the U.S. Embassy in Canberra. There are also U.S. Consulate locations in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Registering will inform offices of your travel plans and will allow them to reach out in the case of an emergency or evacuation. You can register online, through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
U.S. Embassy Canberra
Yarralumla, ACT 2600
Telephone: +(61) (2) 6214-5600
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(61) (2) 411-424-608
Fax: +(61) (2) 6214-5970
Visit the U.S. Embassy website before your departure to confirm correct information and for the most recent updates.
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