Before you travel
Severe storms can put you at risk and hamper the provision of essential services. If you intend to travel to an area that has been recently affected by severe weather, seek information from local tour operators, hotels and airlines on the condition of infrastructure and facilities in the area.
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travel advice for each destination you're visiting regardless of the length of your trip or how many times you've been there before.
If you decide to travel during the hurricane season:
- get travel insurance and ensure your insurance allows for trip cancellation or interruption in the event of a hurricane
- be prepared to change your travel plans on short notice
- closely monitor media and local sources for weather forecasts
- carry emergency contact information for your airline or tour operator
- follow the advice and instructions of local authorities.
Bookmark these key websites and stay up-to-date with hurricane forecasts and advice before you go.
When you arrive
Locate the nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.
Carry local emergency and embassy phone numbers in your wallet and programmed into your phone.
Familiarise yourself with local advice, including from your hotel, on what to do in the event of a natural disaster.
While you're there
In the event of an approaching hurricane, identify your local shelter.
Flights in and out of affected areas could be delayed or suspended. Available flights may fill quickly. Contact your airline for the latest flight information.
The hurricane could also affect access to seaports in the region.
In some areas, adequate shelter from a severe hurricane may not be available to all who choose to stay.
Familiarise yourself with your hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans, and have with you a supply of bottled water, some non-perishable food items, a basic first-aid kit, a battery-operated radio and a torch.
Carry your travel documents (passport, photo IDs) at all times or secure them in a safe, waterproof location.
Regularly contact friends and family in Australia with updates about your situation.
More information: Severe weather
Where to get help
During catastrophic storms, the ability of consular officials to assist you may be limited. Depending on what you need, your best option may be to contact your family, friends, travel agent, travel insurance provider, employer or airline. Your travel insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
If you're in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, or Turks and Caicos Islands contact:
Australian High Commission, Port of Spain
18 Herbert Street, St Clair
Port of Spain
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Phone: (1 868) 822 5450
Fax: (1 868) 822 5490
If you're in Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, or Dominican Republic contact:
Australian Embassy, Mexico City
Ruben Dario #55
Corner of Campos Eliseos, Polanco
Colonia Bosque de Chapultepec
11580 Mexico DF Mexico
Phone: (52 55) 1101 2200
Fax: (52 55) 1101 2201
If you're unable to contact the High Commission in a consular emergency, you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas, or 1300 555 135 within Australia.