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Medicare and cruises

Medicare benefits are only payable to cruise passengers travelling between two Australian ports, with no stops outside Australia, and only if services are provided by an accredited Medicare provider.

Before you depart, contact your cruise operator to find out whether a Medicare-accredited doctor will be available. Some passengers have been charged large fees for medical services while travelling between Australian ports because a Medicare-accredited doctor has not been available.

Medicare benefits are not payable for journeys between an Australian port and a foreign port or between two foreign ports.

Getting the right travel insurance

For information about choosing an appropriate travel insurance policy, including for travellers with pre-existing medical conditions, see our travel insurance information.