Travel Tips

Pre-trip vaccinations

Whatever your destination, make sure you're up to date with your vaccinations. Visit one of The Travel Doctor-TMVC Clinics listed above for more information and take a look at the information below:

Recommended vaccinations

For all destinations: Make sure you've had your standard vaccinations, such as: Tetanus, Diphtheria, Measles and Polio. You should also consider an Influenza vaccination if you're planning on travelling during the colder months.

For most destinations: Depending on your destination and purpose of travel, additional vaccinations may be required. These might include: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Meningitis.

Highly Recommended vaccinations:

Yellow fever vaccinations: strongly recommend for parts of Africa and South America.

Meningitis vaccinations: strongly recommended for Saudi Arabia during the time of the Hajj or Umra pilgrimages.

For full information on the appropriate vaccinations specific to your travel, please discuss with The Travel Doctor-TMVC.

Travellers' Medical Kits

To make sure you can treat health problems before they interfere with your travel plans, it's always a good idea to carry a first aid kit. Visit The Travel Doctor for more details on the various kits they provide.

All the Travel Doctor-TMVC kits contain a range of prescription and non-prescription medications especially designed to assist you manage common traveller illnesses while you are away. All kits come with detailed instructions and an authority document to get you safely across any border.

Travel checklists

Your healthy travel checklist

  • Consult a travel health specialist at least 6 weeks before you leave
  • Ensure your vaccinations are up to date and consider whether vaccinations are necessary for any of your destinations. If so, make sure you make an appointment to visit The Travel Doctor before your trip.
  • Always carry your Travellers' Medical Kit available from The Travel Doctor. Ensure you travel with all your Medibank Travel Insurance policy documents.
  • Don't go near or touch local animals
  • Boil it, peel it, cook it... or forget it
  • Respect local laws and customs
  • If anti-malarial pills are required, follow the prescribed treatment
  • Apply sunscreen regularly
  • Visit Smart Traveller when planning your holiday and before departing to check for any relevant health alerts or travel warnings
  • If travelling with prescription medications, ensure you carry a letter from your doctor detailing your prescription medications for Customs. For more information phone Medicare Australia's Travelling with PBS Medicine enquiry line 1800 500 147 or visit Medicare Australia
  • In the event of illness or injury whilst travelling, contact your overseas emergency medical assistance travel insurance provider for advice
  • Have a check-up on return if you've been sick

Before you travel checklist

  • Suspend subscriptions to newspapers, gyms etc.
  • Ask a neighbour to clear your letterbox or redirect your mail
  • Arrange international roaming for your mobile phone
  • Set up an out-of-office reply for your email and/or open a web-based email account
  • Empty your bins, refrigerator and use up perishable foods
  • Ensure your passport does not expire less than 6 months after your return and check if you need Visas for each country you are visiting
  • Leave copies of your passport, flight tickets, credit cards and travel insurance documents with friends or family
  • Photocopy prescriptions for any medication or glasses you need, in case yours are lost
  • Get and set timers for lights and radios, so your house doesn't look unoccupied
  • Unplug other electrical devices such as computers and televisions

Travel Fact Sheets by The Travel Doctor

The Travel Doctor-TMVC Fact Sheets are a useful resource for all travellers. Here are some fact sheets prepared for popular destinations in PDF format.

Limits, exclusions and conditions apply. This is general advice only. Medibank Private Limited, ABN 47 080 890 259, an Authorised Representative, AR 286089, of Travel Insurance Partners Pty Limited, ABN 73 144 049 230 AFSL 360138 issues the insurance on behalf of the insurer. The issuer of the travel insurance is Great Lakes Australia (ARBN 127 740 532, ABN 18 964 580 576, AFSL 318603). Please review your own needs and consider the Combined FSG/PDS available from Medibank stores or to decide if this product is right for you.