Lands of mystery and mythology, with awe-inspiring natural beauty, ranging from deserts to jungles, fjords to volcanos, you could spend a lifetime exploring these southern islands and there would still be hidden treasures to discover. Australia and New Zealand, while hosting some of the most extreme landscapes on the planet, are still fantastic destinations to travel to even if you have a medical condition.
More than just beaches and the outback, Australia is a country with iconic city-scapes, ancient cultures and some of the world’s most unique animals. New Zealand meanwhile offers unspoilt natural wonders, which are easily accessible yet still giving you the feeling of being the first to step upon that deserted beach.
Having a medical condition doesn’t limit your travel options. Australia and New Zealand are two of the most desirable holiday destinations right now and are extremely accessible for those travelling with a pre-exisiting medical condition. Both English speaking, Australia and New Zealand also have a number of excellent hospitals providing a very high standard of care should you need it.
Australia and New Zealand can seem like home from home in many ways, however there are still a number of things you should take into account when planning to travel to these oceanic islands, especially if you have a medical condition.
Its a good idea to visit your doctor or nurse before you travel to discuss specific issues relating to your medical condition while you are away. There are no specific immunisations required for travelling to these countries, but it is still advisable to check to see that your boosters are up to date, just in-case.
When visiting your health practitioner it is also good opportunity to ensure that you have filled out your prescriptions for the duration of your trip and to bring a double supply in case there is a delay, or your medication is lost or stolen. You should also take into consideration any documentation you may need to carry, in order to take your medication with you on your flight. A signed, dated letter from your physician describing your medical conditions and medications, including generic names, is recommended. Pack medications in their original, clearly labelled containers. See our advice page on travelling with prescriptions for a more detailed list of what you will need to do in advance of your trip.
It is also important to note that areas of Australia’s northern territory, Queensland, do have a current outbreak of Dengue Fever. Dengue Fever is a disease carried by mosquitos. While there is currently no vaccination against the disease, by following precautions and using preventative methods to avoid mosquito bites, like using repellent, covering your arms and legs, and using a mosquito net when you sleep, you should avoid contracting the disease.
While both countries have a good healthcare network, their size and relatively small populations mean that healthcare services can be difficult to access quickly if you go too far off the beaten track. Travelling to isolated areas, such as the outback, rainforests or the fjords, should be avoided or carefully considered before booking. Speak to the tour company you are planning on going with and let them know about your condition. Understand how far it is to the nearest hospital, should you need to go, and what their safety procedure is should something happen.
Both Australia and New Zealand have mountainous regions with a number of top experiences. If you are planning on visiting an area with high altitudes, for people with Diabetes, Asthma, Epilepsy, Heart conditions, Lung conditions and Sickle cell disease this is a factor to be taken into account as altitude can have a significant effect on these conditions. If you feel that this could affect you, or you suffer from one of these conditions and are planning travelling in these areas, speak to your doctor well in advance of planning or preparing for your trip.
When travelling with a medical condition it is important that you understand the limitations of your condition, in regards to what could trigger certain symptoms or reactions. This should be discussed with your doctor or nurse who will be able to provide you with personal advice on your individual condition.
If you are planning on visiting Australia or New Zealand, our single trip or annual ERV Medi-Care Worldwide policy will provide you with support and service should you require it. ERV has one of the most comprehensive assistance networks and our pre-approved medical facilities for all of our customers will help to put travellers’ minds at ease.
ERV Medi-Care can provide you with affordable, worldwide travel insurance. We cover over 200 conditions automatically at no additional cost. You can find out more about those on our Automatically Approved Medical Conditions list. If your conditions aren’t automatically accepted, ERV Medi-Care offer a simple process to assess your needs either online or by talking them through with one of our customer service team over the phone.
If you’re planning a trip to Australia or New Zealand and are looking for travel insurance for those with a pre-existing medical, call us on 01403 788510 and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements.
Very helpful, good communication kept me up to date on progress. Really good customer service which is just what you need when under pressure of illness. "
ERV Customer - April 2018