Sydney, like most parts of Australia, presents no real health risks for foreign visitors. Australian hygiene standards are very strict so it is unlikely you will encounter any health problems during your time in Australia. Tap water is good, restaurants and eating places are required by law to maintain a high standard of food preparation, and the city is generally clean.

Exposure to the sun can be a problem for those who are fair-skinned. Also, those with little experience in swimming in the surf should be cautious when swimming at Sydney’s famous surf beaches, Bondi and Manly, and should always swim between the warning flags erected by lifeguards.

Should you be in need of medical assistance, our doctors and dentists are highly skilled, our hospitals are modern and well-equipped, and medical attention is available around the clock. Medical costs in Australia are not exorbitant like in the United States and Europe, but travel insurance is still recommended.

Please remember to bring an adequate supply of any prescription medications you may need for the duration of your trip. We recommend you bring a prescription or letter from your doctor outlining your medical condition and the medicine you are carrying.

All travellers to Australia should be up-to-date with their routine ’background’ vaccinations. These are usually commenced as an infant, and some boosters are due in adult life. These vaccinations include tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (German measles). Influenza is now considered a routine vaccination and travellers should have an annual influenza vaccination. You do not require vaccinations unless you have come from, or have visited a yellow fever infected country within six days of your arrival.


Smoking is generally banned in public to protect people from harmful second hand tobacco smoke. Smoking is banned in the outdoor dining areas of restaurants, cafes, pubs and other venues.


In case of an emergency, phone 000 and specify whether you require the police, fire brigade or ambulance. You can dial 112 for emergency services from a GSM phone.