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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.

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Travel Insurance for travelling to Australia and New Zealand with Medical Conditions

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.

Before you go

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.

Our recommendations on where to go

Australia

  • One of the most famous natural wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef is a must see when you’re in Australia. You can scuba dive, snorkel or cruise the reef on a glass bottom boat to experience this world heritage-listed area.
  • Sydney Opera House, perhaps one of the most recognisable buildings in the world. Take in a concert or a guided tour of the world heritage-listed structure, or head out by boat to see the Opera House and the bridge by day or by night.
  • Another must see when you’re in Sydney is Bondi Beach. With its famous waves making it the ideal spot for surfers, this busy beach is an icon of the Australian coastline.

New Zealand

  • While Auckland may be the capital, Wellington has the charm and culture. Pay a visit to the museums, galleries and boutiques dotted across this arty city before taking a break to refresh yourself at one of the cities arty cafes or craft-beer breweries.
  • The dynamic thermal area of Rotorua is one of the most revered places by the Maori, and their cultural performances and traditional hangi are as much a draw to the sulphur-rich destination as the 30m geothermal geyser and hot springs.
  • Kaikoura is one of the prettiest towns in New Zealand with the coastal road that leads you in giving you a glimpse of the abundant wildlife in the area as you pass hordes of fur seals on the shore line. With whales, dolphins, penguins and albatross also visiting Kaikoura this is a wild-life lover’s dream destination, and all set against the background of the snow-capped mountains behind the town.
  • A few hours’ drive off the main road, when you arrive at Milford Sound the view that awaits you is something you are unlikely to forget. The 1600ft mountain Mitre Peak rising from the dark waters of the sound is one of the iconic images of New Zealand’s untouched natural beauty.

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Where to avoid

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.

ERV Medi-Care

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.

"Absolutely great service. Thank you

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

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