General travel information
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not issue a travel advice for Reunion at this time.
Australians should read the Smartraveller Travel Smart - tips for Australian travellers page for general information about safety and security, local laws and customs, entry and exit requirements, health issues, travel and health insurance, and consular assistance and registration.
It is important to consider your physical and mental health before travelling overseas. We encourage you to consider having vaccinations before you travel. At least eight weeks before you depart, make an appointment with your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and any implications for your health, particularly if you have an existing medical condition. The World Health Organization (WHO) provides information for travellers and our health page also provides useful information for travellers on staying healthy.
The mosquito-borne illnesses chikungunya occurs in Reunion, with more serious outbreaks occurring from time to time. We recommend that you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including using insect repellent at all times, wearing long, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing and ensure your accomodation is mosquito proof. For further information, see the World Health Organisation's factsheet on the chikungunya virus.
All oceanic regions of the world can experience tsunamis, but in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, there is a more frequent occurrence of large, destructive tsunamis because of the many large earthquakes along major tectonic plate boundaries and ocean trenches. See the Tsunami Awareness brochure.
Where to get help
Depending on your enquiry, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, airline, travel agent, tour operator, employer or travel insurer. Your travel insurer should have a 24 hour emergency number.
The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and cannot do to assist Australians overseas. Australia does not have an embassy of consulate in Reunion. You can contact the Australian Government at the Australian High Commission in Mauritius for consular assistance. See contact details below:
Australian High Commission, Port Louis
2nd Floor, Rogers House
5 President John Kennedy Street
Port Louis, Mauritius
Telephone +230 202 0160
Facsimile +230 208 8878
See the High Commission website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect service provision.
In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact the High Commission, you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305, or 1300 555 135 within Australia.
Other useful information
All Australians travelling to Reunion, whether for tourism or business or for short or long stays, are encouraged to register with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australians can register in person at any Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate or on-line. The registration information provided by you will help us to find you in an emergency - whether it is a natural disaster, civil disturbance or a family emergency.
If the situation changes and a travel advice for Reunion is issued, travellers can be automatically notified by subscribing to our e-mail subscription service.
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office also issues a travel advice for their citizens.
For additional general and economic information to assist travelling in this country, see the following links: