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

Vaccinations for
Nepal

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.


01.Vaccine list

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. Once you know the details of your trip, book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses, so we can create a personal assessment together.

Most travellers

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival

Typhoid

2 weeks before arrival

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers

Rabies

3 weeks before arrival*

Japanese encephalitis

2 weeks before arrival*

Hepatitis B

4 weeks before arrival*

Cholera

2 weeks before arrival

02.Other health risks in Nepal

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.

Malaria

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.

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Dengue

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.

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03.Precautions for Nepal

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.

Mosquitoes

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.

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Food and water

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.

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04.Useful contacts in Nepal

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.

05.Checklist for your trip to Nepal

  • Check if you need vaccinations Speak with one of our prescribing nurses at least six to eight weeks before travel for advice on vaccinations for Nepal

  • 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

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019

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