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In Melbourne

Tap Water

Tap water is safe to drink.

Before You Go

Recommended Vaccinations

You're only required to present proof of yellow-fever vaccination if you're arriving from one of the African or Southern American countries deemed to be at risk for yellow fever. No other vaccinations are required, although all of the standard ones are recommended.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is recommended for all visitors, even for those from countries that have reciprocal health-care agreements with Australia. Make sure you have appropriate cover if you plan on taking on any activities deemed risky, such as skiing, rock climbing or diving.

Medical Services

Visitors from Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK have reciprocal health-care agreements with Australia and can access some free or subsidised health services through Medicare; see www.humanservices.gov.au for more details.

If you've been bitten by a snake or spider or have consumed something you think might be poisonous, contact the Victorian Poisons Information Centre for advice.


Emergency Rooms