Get a full list of the vaccines you need for China, and learn about the risk of diseases and the best ways to protect yourself while away.

Vaccinations for

It is recommended that most travellers get the combined booster vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus and polio, as well as typhoid and hepatitis A vaccines before going to China. For some travellers, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, hepatitis A and tick-borne encephalitis vaccines are also recommended.

01. Vaccine list

We highly encourage you to read the following list of injections for China, as well as the recommendations to stay safe during your trip.

Not all travel vaccinations for China may be necessary for you, as it depends on your own health as well as your travel itinerary.

Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a phone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.

Most travellers

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival


2 weeks before arrival

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers


3 weeks before arrival*

Japanese encephalitis

2 weeks before arrival*

Hepatitis B

4 weeks before arrival*

Tick-borne encephalitis

6 weeks before arrival*

02. Other health risks in China

There exists other health risks in China for which there are no vaccines. Nevertheless, to avoid being ill, it is important to be aware of these risks, so you can protect yourself in the best possible way.


Most of China is malaria risk free, as well as Macau and Hong Kong. A low risk is however present in the Hainan and Yunnan Provinces bordering Myanmar/Burma, including Dehong Dai and Jingpo, Baoshan, Lincang, Pu’er and Xishuangbanna Prefectures.

Tibet also presents a risk, especially in the county of Mêdog (Motuo) along the lower Yarlung Tsangpo (Zangbo) river and canyon.

Very low risk areas include the main tourist areas and cruises on the Yangtze river, Anhui, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei and Jiangsu.

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Dengue is endemic in China, and the risk is highest from June to November.

Zones most affected are Aksai Chin, Fujian Sheng, Guangdong Sheng, Guangxi Zhuangzu Zizhiqu, Hainan Sheng, Hong Kong S.A.R., Macao S.A.R., Yunnan Sheng, Zhejiang Sheng. All travellers to these areas are at risk.

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03. Precautions for China

It is important to take precautions during your stay in China, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.


There is a risk of malaria and dengue fever in China, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.

Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites during your stay in the country, as they are the main cause of these infections.

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Food and water

All travellers going to China should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid and hepatitis A, which are both transmitted through contaminated food and water.

If you are visiting friends or relatives in China or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.

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04. Useful contacts in China

The following departments can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help while in China. You can call them on the regional numbers below.

British Consulate-General Chongqing +86 (0) 23 6369 1500

British Consulate-General Guangzhou +86 (0) 20 8314 3000

British Consulate-General Shanghai +86 (0) 21 3279 2000

British Consulate-General Wuhan +86 (0) 27 8270 3600

British Embassy Beijing +86 (0) 10 8529 6600

Local emergency medical services In case of a medical emergency during your trip in China, dial +86 120 for an ambulance. There may not be staff that speak English, so having your name and address written down will come in handy. Also, be prepared to pay in cash.

Medical facilities and practitioners In the case that you may get ill while in China, the British Government has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in China. It is recommended to keep this list of reputable medical help close at hand.

05. Checklist for your trip to China

  • Check which vaccinations you need Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinations for Sri Lanka. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you need, book a free phone consultation to speak to one of our medical advisors

  • Yellow fever certificate Double-check if the yellow fever certificate is required upon entry in China, as the requirements can change

  • Mosquito protection Reduce your chance of mosquito bites while in China by making sure you have everything you need, including DEET insect repellent

  • Travel insurance If you become ill in China and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave

  • Tuberculosis prevention Tuberculosis is highly present in China. Check with your medical practitioner if a vaccine is recommended.

  • Note useful contact numbers Make a list of contacts to take with you to China in case of an emergency

06. How to book your travel vaccinations

If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.

If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
20 June 2019

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