Australia and its surrounding islands contain some of the most beautiful and wild landscapes in the world. Between vast deserts, tropical reefs, unusual mountain ranges and exciting cities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy lazy days on perfect beaches, adrenaline-packed adventures in the unique landscape or discover the past with some of the most ancient cultures still practicing their traditional beliefs.
There are 14 formally recognized countries in Oceania and a number of island territories of other countries:
- American Samoa (U.S.)
- Cook Islands (New Zealand)
- French Polynesia (France)
- Guam (U.S.)
- New Caledonia (France)
- Niue (New Zealand)
- Norfolk Island (Australia)
- Northern Mariana Islands (U.S.)
- Pitcairn Islands (U.K.)
- Tokelau (New Zealand)
- Wake Island (U.S.)
- Wallis and Futuna (France)
Do You Need Travel Insurance?
Generally speaking, Australia and New Zealand have very good healthcare systems and their residents are provided healthcare through the government while in their home country. New Zealand also covers visitors requiring medical attention due to accidental injury, although Australia does not. If you are visiting Australia from Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden or the United Kingdom, you may be eligible for partial health coverage from the government as well.
If you are visiting from another part of the world, or traveling to one of the other islands in the Pacific, you will need travel medical insurance to cover you for accidents, illnesses and injuries while visiting.
Furthermore, if you are planning on visiting remote parts of Australia, it is highly recommended that you have travel insurance that includes medical evacuation. Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service cares for remote areas and can assist if you need to be taken to hospital from a remote part of the country, but costs can be high, particularly if you are adventuring far from major cities.