It is recommended that most travellers get the combined diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccine, as well as typhoid and hepatitis A vaccines before travelling to India. Some travellers may also need rabies, hepatitis B, cholera or Japanese encephalitis vaccines.
The following list of vaccines are the official recommendations for travel to India. Which vaccines you need will depend on a variety of factors, including your medical history and the details of your trip.
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.
There is a low risk of malaria in most of India. There is a higher risk of malaria in some states in the northeast of the country.
Even if the area of India you intend to travel to has a low risk of malaria, there is always a possibility of outbreaks in most of the country. It is therefore important to stay alert to risks and avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
All travellers going to India are exposed to food- and water-related risks. Illnesses such as travellers diarrhoea, typhoid, hepatitis A and cholera can be transmitted through contaminated food and water.
While some diseases can be prevented with a vaccine, other diseases which are prevalent in India cannot. This is especially true for mosquito-borne diseases, which can sometimes cause serious complications. There is a risk of Zika, dengue and Chinkungunya transmission in India.
Can I travel to India?
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reduced international travel. Many borders around the world remain closed and travel restrictions are sometimes imposed without notice.
The UK government strongly advises against all non-essential international travel. There is currently a 10-day mandatory quarantine for anyone returning to the UK.
When will I be able to travel to India?
It is difficult to know when it will be safe to travel to India. Find out more about what needs to happen before you can travel again.
What are the travel restrictions in India?
There is currently mandatory paid testing for all travellers arriving in India. Those who test positive will be isolated at an institutional facility, and those who test negative must undergo a mandatory quarantine for seven days at a designated hotel. They must then quarantine for a further seven days at home.
Check the official recommendations for UK travellers for the most up-to-date information
Make sure you are aware of the restrictions in force in India
Find out whether you will be required to quarantine on your return to the UK
Is there a risk of Zika in India?
A recent outbreak in Rajasthan means that pregnant women, and women who are planning on getting pregnant (6 months after leaving) are advised against non-essential travel to this state, as there is a link between infection during pregnancy and babies being born with birth defects.
There has been recorded transmission of Zika in some parts of India. The country is currently categorised as having a moderate risk of Zika virus transmission.
There is no vaccine or medication currently available for prevention against Zika. Pregnant women should consider waiting until after pregnancy to travel to India.
Is there a risk of dengue in India?
There is a risk of dengue in India. The risk is higher in towns, cities and the surrounding areas.
The risk is present year-round in southern areas, and from April to November in northern states.
Depending on the activities of travellers and length of stay, the following areas can carry the risk of certain diseases. Book a free consultation for specific advice on which diseases you may be at risk of during your travels.
There is a risk of dengue in all areas of India. Urban centers, towns and the surrounding areas are of particularly high risk.
Malaria has been reported in Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi. Antimalarials are not necessarily recommended for these destinations, so it is important for travellers to remain vigilant and avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.
There is generally a low risk of malaria in Goa. Dengue is also present in the state. Risk of transmission from both diseases is higher during the monsoon season from June to September. Risk of dengue is higher in urban areas.
There is a very low risk of malaria in Kerala. Dengue is present in the state, and travellers should be particularly vigilant in the monsoon season from June to September.
There has been a recent outbreak of Zika in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Pregnant women are advised to avoid travel to the state until after pregnancy. There is a low risk of malaria and dengue in the state, although travellers should be careful during the monsoon months from June to September.
There are mosquito-borne diseases present in India which cannot be prevented by a vaccine or medication, which means that it is essential that you take the right precautions to avoid getting bitten during your stay.
Be aware that if you are visiting friends or relatives in India or are a long-stay traveller, you should take extra care as you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks.
The standard of private healthcare in India is good in big cities, however, standards are lower in rural areas and there are fewer private clinics.
It is essential that you get health insurance for your trip to India.
Local emergency medical services For emergencies needing medical assistance, dial +91 112. This general emergency hotline will connect you to all and any necessary assistance. There is also a 112 smartphone application available for download.
Medical facilities and practitioners In the case that you may get ill while in India, it is important to have the relevant information readily available to find reputable medical help quickly. Here is a downloadable list of medical facilities and practitioners in India.
British Deputy High Commission Ahmedabad The British Deputy High Commission Ahmedabad can provide assistance while you are there. You can reach them 24 hours a day by calling +91 (11) 2419 2100.
Useful regional contacts:
British Deputy High Commission Bengaluru +91 (11) 2419 2100 (reachable 24 hours a day for emergencies)
British Deputy High Commission Chandigarh +91 11 2419 2100
British Deputy High Commission Chennai +91 (11) 2419 2100 (reachable 24 hours a day for emergencies)
British Deputy High Commission Hyderabad +91 (11) 2419 2100 (reachable 24 hours a day for emergencies)
British Deputy High Commission Kolkata +91 (11) 2419 2100 (reachable 24 hours a day for emergencies)
British Deputy High Commission Mumbai +91 (22) 66502222
British High Commission New Delhi +91 (11) 2419 2100 (reachable 24 hours a day)
British Nationals Assistance Office Goa +91 22 6650 2200
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.
Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated
Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in India, including DEET insect repellent
Travel vaccination certificate Check if the travel vaccination certificate is required upon entry in India, as the requirements can change
Travel insurance If you become ill in India and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave
Note useful contact numbers Make a list of contacts to take with you to India, as these can be helpful in case of an emergency
Fuad Hussain, Pharmacist Prescriber
16 February 2021
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