With over 25 countries spread over 25,000 islands, Oceania is deeply linked to the Pacific Ocean. It is home to long white beaches, stunning coral reefs, and volcanic islands rising out of the Pacific. Its countries also have both some of the world’s most cosmopolitan and internationalized cities such as Melbourne in Australia, and host some very remote and aboriginal villages.
SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources to offer some advice to people travelling in the region.
Travelling in Oceania is usually very safe : the average safety index for its countries is one of the highest, reaching 70%. With the exception of Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste (both have a safety rating lower than 50%), violent crime is rare; the main threats facing travelers are pickpockets, petty thieves and scam artists in large cities.
Always take special care when exploring remote areas / islands, especially for women travelling alone. The biggest threats tourists can encounter come from the wild: animals such as venomous snakes, spiders or alligators; riptides or mosquito-borne diseases are more likely to be an issue than pickpockets compared to other regions of the world.
In urban areas, protect your personal belongings at all times, especially your ID and passport. Petty crime, like bag snatching and pick pocketing, is a serious problem around touristic areas and on public transport.
For more details, see country specific advice or take a look at our travel articles.
Below is a safety map for Europe (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs) :
http://www.doyouneedvisa.com/ is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
Entering in the US’ Pacific islands can prove to be difficult depending on your nationality (for the most part, all the visitors need a VISA); it’s always best to check your Ministry of Foreign Affairs website or local embassy before booking your trip.
Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to the country you’re visiting.