Medical Tips

Here you’ll find a range of helpful information to help you stay safe and healthy on your next overseas trip. There are tips about how you can still have a great foodie adventure when you are travelling with food allergies, find out whether you can the drink tap water or should stick to bottled water on your next holiday, learn why getting updated vaccinations are a must before heading overseas, and how being aware of the weather is so important no matter where you are in the world.

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Heading overseas and not sure whether you can drink the water or not? We have put together an article which details the water quality in a number of popular holiday destinations.

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Living with a life-threatening allergy can turn planning for a holiday from an exciting endeavour to a daunting task. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, planning is the name of the game. Careful planning and preparation are essential to making sure you have a happy and safe trip.

If you prefer to be gluten-free, dealing with dietary guidelines in a foreign country can be a hassle. But if you have celiac disease, it can be a matter of life and death. If you are avoiding gluten on your next holiday, follow our tips for travelling with a gluten allergy.

Going on an extended holiday to a disease-prone country? It's a good idea to schedule a check-up at least eight weeks before you depart. Infectious diseases abroad can be very serious. Every year, Australian travellers become ill and die while travelling overseas. Take extra precautions when visiting these countries that you'll need a polio vaccination to enter.

Note: many of these countries are not recommended travel destinations (and some may be excluded by certain travel insurance policies). But here at Cover-More, we understand that not travelling is not always an option. If you must travel to these countries, be prepared and take full precautions.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and are meant as travel inspiration only. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Cover-More Insurance.

Over the last few years there has been a noticeable increase in medical expenses incurred by Australians travelling overseas.  Australia has a limited amount of 'Reciprocal Health Agreements' in place which allow for minimised costs for Australian Citizens by providing full cover for medical expenses incurred at the public hospital and practitioner level in countries such as the United Kingdom and New Zealand.  However, in many popular travel destinations these agreements do not exist.  This means that Australians who are injured or become ill in these countries can face expensive medical bills. These bills become even more expensive in countries such as the United States of America which has no public health care system and charge non residents at higher rates.

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If you have a severe food allergy, things that can appear simple, like taking a holiday to a foreign country, can become difficult relatively quickly. Concerns pop up, like “what if I can’t read the menu and I accidentally order something I am allergic to