During your stay
Once there, you should still be cautious as you could be exposed to other diseases.
The presence of diseases that could pose a risk to your health has been reported in the country.
The risk is related to the activities you choose to take part in as well as the areas you visit.
- Dengue fever
- Anti-mosquito precautions are essential everywhere in the country.
- Lyme disease
- travellers who visit infected rural areas, particularly campers and backcountry enthusiasts are more at risk. These travellers should properly protect themselves from insect bites.
- Vaccination is recommended only for certain groups of travellers such as veterinarians, animal attendants, spelunkers or other at-risk groups and adventure travellers.
The above vaccinations apply to all travellers. For a personalized protection program adapted to your
travelling and health needs, visit a travel medicine clinic.
Plan ahead: If you need several vaccines, you may need several weeks to complete the
Prior to your departure, you may want to consider registering for the Canadians Abroad Service.
Registering allows the service to contact and assist you if there is an emergency while you are abroad.
Visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website for more information about this service and how to register.
If you have purchased travel insurance, your policy will likely include a 24/7 emergency assistance service to help you locate care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have their phone number with you at all times.
The Canadian Government also has several offices abroad that can provide you with numerous services when in a medical emergency. These services include, but are not limited to:
- Supplying names of local doctors and health facilities
- Visiting you in the hospital and providing basic translation services
- Arranging for medical evacuation if your required treatment is not available in the region (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government, but may be covered by travel insurance)
If you need help when travelling in Australia, contact:
Australia - CANBERRA
High Commission of Canada
Address: Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra ACT, Australia 2600
Tel.: 61 (2) 6270-4000
Fax: 61 (2) 6270-4060
Australia - PERTH
Consulate of Canada
Address: 267 St. George's Terrace, Third Floor, Perth, WA 6000, Australia
Tel.: 61 (8) 9322-7930
Fax: 61 (8) 9261-7706
Australia - SYDNEY
Consulate General of Canada
Address: Level 5, Quay West Building, 111 Harrington Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
Tel.: 61 (2) 9364-3000
Fax: 61 (2) 9364-3098
While in Australia, you will be able to phone to Canada through a Canadian operator
by dialing a Canada-direct number:
1-800-551-177 or 1-800-881-150.
Public phones may require coins or a phone card.
Make sure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
Many countries require that your passport be valid at least six months after the due date of your return.