Nepal is an exciting destination popular among adventurous travellers. Whether you are travelling to isolated areas or to cities, here is some helpful information about vaccinations for Nepal.
Below is a list of officially recommended vaccinations for Nepal. It may be tricky figuring out which travel vaccinations for Nepal are right for you.
Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a free telephone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.
Your injections for Nepal will protect you from the above diseases, however Nepal is also a country with health risks for which there are no vaccinations. You can read more about them below.
There is a low risk of Malaria in the Terai district, the district of Kailali and areas below 2000 metres, with seasonal peaks from July to October. However, risk is not high enough for antimalarial tablets.
All other areas are risk-free such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, the northern Himalayan districts and Chitwan National Park.
You should note, though, that if you are travelling from India to Nepal and throughout the Terai region (including Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve and Bardiya National Park), it is highly recommended that you follow antimalarial guidelines.
There is a risk of dengue in Nepal, with cases signalled in Kathmandu. The risk is present throughout the country and throughout the year, yet the risk is highest from August to November.
It is important to take precautions during your stay in Nepal, 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 Nepal, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.
Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites, as they are the main cause of these infections during your stay in the country.
All travellers going to Nepal should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A, which are all transmitted through contaminated food and water.
If you are visiting friends or relatives in Nepal or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.
The following contacts may be useful while in Nepal.
The British Embassy Kathmandu The British Embassy Kathmandu can assist you, if you are in need of urgent help. You can call them on +977 (1) 4237100.
Local emergency medical services For emergencies requiring medical assistance, various regional ambulance numbers apply. Dial +977 4244121 for an ambulance from Bishal Bazaar, +977 4230213/4222890 for an ambulance from Nepal Chamber, +977 4251614/4260869 for an ambulance from Paropakar, +977 4228094 for an ambulance from Red Cross and +977 4418619/4422280 for an ambulance from Bhagawan Mahavir Jain Niketa.
Medical facilities and practitioners If you get ill while you are in Nepal, The British Embassy Kathmandu has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Nepal with recommended, reputable medical facilities.
Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated
Travel vaccination certificate The travel vaccination certificate requirements upon entry in Nepal are subject to updates, so you should check before your departure
Travel insurance If you become ill in Nepal and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave
Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Nepal, including DEET insect repellent
Note useful contact numbers In case of an emergency, note useful contacts for your stay in Nepal
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.
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
20 June 2019
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