Australia vaccinations: which ones do you need?

If you plan to travel to Australia, then it is wise to make sure you are well informed and properly prepared. Certain vaccinations are recommended for Australia, most of which are not mandatory.

Australia is a very popular destination for backpackers. Many adventure seekers choose Australia as the starting or ending point for their trip around the world. If you plan to visit other countries – popular backpacker destination such as Indonesia, Thailand or Vietnam for example – before or after your visit to Australia – then you may require additional vaccinations to ensure a safe and healthy trip. Australia is located in the southern hemisphere and includes the Australian mainland as well as some islands in both the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. The country’s climate is primarily subtropical. Exceptions are the far north, which has a tropical climate, and Central Australia with its desert climate. Which vaccinations you require for Australia, mostly depends on which additional countries you plan to visit as part of your journey. Please also take into account other possible health risks: due to the gap in the ozone layer, it is absolutely necessary to protect yourself against bright sunlight. Our KLM Health Services nurses will gladly inform you about the required immunisations and vaccines for Australia and are happy to tell you what other precautions you can take. Click here to make an appointment (in Dutch) with a nurse.

Australia vaccinations: the most common risks

Our health experts have put together a list of the most common diseases and health risks in Australia. You can see at a glance which specific vaccinations may be required and what additional precautions you can take.


In this country Chikungunya is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.


In this country dengue fever is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

Japanese Encephalitis

In this country Japanese encephalitis is (possibly) prevalent. Vaccination depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.

Yellow Fever - possibly compulsory

In this country Yellow Fever is not prevalent. However, when you’re traveling FROM a Yellow fever area vaccination can be COMPULSORY. Please contact KLM Health Services to discuss or vaccination applies to you.

Zika virus

In this country Zika virus is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

A healthy trip to Australia? Prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to Australia as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey.

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows your to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice (in Dutch) helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for Australia? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your Australia vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for Australia? Please feel free to contact us and send an email to You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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