Before you travel
If you plan to travel to an area that has recently been affected by severe weather, contact local tour operators, hotels and airlines about the condition of infrastructure and facilities in the area.
If you decide to travel during the cyclone season:
- read the travel advice for each destination you're visiting
- subscribe to travel advice and bulletins
- share your itinerary and contact details with loved ones
- get travel insurance and make sure it covers trip cancellation or interruption in the event of a cyclone
- 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.
Depending on where you're going, bookmark these key websites and stay up-to-date with cyclone 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. Learn about your hotel or cruise ship's evacuation plans.
While you're there
- Closely monitor the local news for weather updates.
- In the event of an approaching cyclone, identify your local shelter.
- Carry 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.
- Contact friends and family in Australia with regular updates about your situation.
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 cyclone may also affect access to seaports in the region.
In some areas, adequate shelter from a severe cyclone may not be available to all who choose to stay.
More information: Severe weather
Where to get help
During catastrophic storms, the ability of consular officials to help 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.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
Contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. If you're unable to contact one 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.