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


Travelling to red countries outside the EU or Schengen area is not recommended if you have not been vaccinated.

Take a look at the general preventive measures related to COVID-19.

Check the current security situation on the federal government website and register your itinerary on Travellers Online.

Japanse encefalitis

There is an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. 

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.

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.

Protect yourself against insects.


Ticks can transmit diseases.

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.


Update of basic vaccinations


Yellow fever

Mandatory for some travelers

Yellow fever does not occur here. Vaccination is not necessary if you are travelling from Belgium.   

Vaccination is mandatory from the age of one year:

  • If you are departing from another country where yellow fever can occur (see maps).
  • If you have spent more than twelve hours in transit in an airport in a country where yellow fever occurs.

This does not apply to travellers coming from the Galapagos Islands (in Ecuador).

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.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

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


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