If you have planned a holiday in Sri Lanka, it is important to know that such a trip carries a risk of infectious diseases. Checking if you need any vaccinations for Sri Lanka is best practice.
Below, you can see the recommended vaccinations for Sri lanka. These are official recommendations. A variety of factors will help you figure out if you require all the following injections for Sri Lanka, such as your medical history and where exactly you will be travelling.
For a personal assessment, book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses, who will create a tailored vaccine plan for you.
There is also a risk of diseases in Sri Lanka that cannot be prevented with vaccines, but they are important to keep in mind in order to avoid illness.
Malaria is not a great risk in Sri Lanka, however there may be a low risk if you are travelling to the north of Vavuniya. There is a very low risk in the rest of the country, and there is no risk in Colombo and Kandy.
Antimalarial drugs are not necessarily recommended for travelling in Sri Lanka, therefore bite avoidance methods are recommended.
Recent cases of dengue outbreaks have occurred in Sri Lanka in the areas of Colombo, Jaffna and Gampaha.
The peak seasons are from October to December and from May to July, however, the risk exists throughout the country and could be present all year round.
It is important to take precautions during your stay in Sri Lanka, 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 Sri Lanka, 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 Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.
Take note of these important services you may need while in Sri Lanka.
British High Commission Colombo The British High Commission Colombo can provide assistance, while you are there, in case you may need it. You can reach them by calling +94 11 5390639.
Local emergency medical services For emergencies needing medical assistance, dial either +94 110 or +94 11 2422222, which will connect you to the ambulance and fire brigade services.
Medical facilities and practitioners In the case that you may get ill while in Sri Lanka, in order to find reputable medical help quickly, the British High Commission Colombo has put together a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Sri Lanka.
Check if you need vaccinations Speak with one of our prescribing nurses at least six to eight weeks before travel to get advice on vaccinations for Sri Lanka
Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Sri Lanka, including DEET insect repellent
Travel vaccination certificate A travel vaccination certificate may be required upon entry in Sri Lanka, however requirements are subject to change. Verify before travelling whether they apply to you
Travel insurance If you become ill in Sri Lanka 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 List important contacts to take with you in case of an emergency in Sri Lanka
Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019
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