Australasia and Pacifica / Oceania Travel Guides

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Australasia and Pacifica / Oceania


Australasia tends to be used as a collective term for Australia and New Zealand, but it is actually a region of Oceania that also includes New Guinea and surrounding Pacific islands.


Care should be taken when engaging in water sports of any kind, and it is recommended that visitors read up on beach safety.  In some areas there is a danger from rip currents that are capable of sweeping away even the strongest swimmer.  Beach activities are a big part of life in this part of the world, but before you get in the water make sure you know how to recognise and avoid dangerous animals that may sting or bite. 


The Foreign Office (FCO) website includes an advice section for travellers, as part of their ‘Know Before You Go’ campaign.  We recommend a visit to their website to check for any travel restrictions before booking travel. 

The FCO advice includes important travel information for visiting this part of the world, as well as passport and visa requirements.  For example, it is recommended that you have more than six months validity remaining on your passport. 

Natural disasters that may affect this area include wild fires, tropical cyclones, earthquakes and flash floods.  The cyclone season occurs during the southern hemisphere summer months, from November through April. 

Although reciprocal healthcare arrangements exist between the UK and Australia and New Zealand, be aware that not everything is covered.   It is recommended that visitors take out comprehensive travel insurance, and check that it includes medical evacuation and repatriation.



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Inclusion in this Travel Guide does not guarantee travel insurance is available in any country at any given time. Travel Insurance is not available in countries where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued an advisory against travel.

We strongly advise a visit to the FCO website for updated travel information and general travel advice before you book and pay for any travel.