Advice for Travellers
Safe Travel is the official source of advice for New Zealanders traveling or living overseas. Safe Travel includes advice on health aspects when you are traveling overseas. Visit the Health and Travel page for more information.
Many diseases that are uncommon in New Zealand are still common in other countries. Toi Te Ora Public Health strongly recommends that all New Zealanders traveling overseas are up to date with their standard New Zealand immunisations. See which vaccines are free for adult New Zealanders.
Talk to your doctor before you travel. They will be able to tell you about health problems that are relevant to your destination, and make recommendations that can keep you safe e.g. vaccinations, current health issues.
Exotic mosquitoes are species of mosquitoes that live overseas and do not live in New Zealand. Many exotic mosquito species are of risk to public health, as they can infect people with serious diseases like dengue fever and malaria. Find out how to avoid being bitten while travelling.
Talk to your doctor before you travel, especially to a tropical country. They will be able to tell you about health problems that are relevant to your destination, and make recommendations that can keep you safe e.g., vaccinations, medications.
Local Yellow Fever Vaccinators / Practices
If Yellow Fever vaccination is required this may be arranged through one of these local Yellow Fever vaccination centres.
Food and Drink
Most New Zealanders are fortunate enough to have a supply of safe food and drinking water. In some parts of the world food and water may not be as safe to consume.
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Drinks to avoid:
Washing and brushing teeth
Remember that the water you use to bathe, shower and brush your teeth with may be contaminated. Avoid swallowing any water while in the bath or shower. Only use water from a safe source when brushing your teeth.
For more information
- International travel and health - World Health Organization
- Travelling - Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand
- Australia - Traveler view | Travelers' Health | CDC - CDC