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

Vaccinations for
Turkey

If you are preparing your trip, you may want to know what vaccinations for Turkey you may need, if any. The following information and recommendations will help you stay safe while away.


01.Vaccine list

There are various recommended vaccinations for Turkey, however, whether you will need all of the listed vaccines depends on factors such as your itinerary during your trip and your medical history, amongst other things.

For this reason, it is recommended that you book a free telephone consultation with one of our prescribing nurses, who will prepare a plan for you with the vaccinations required for Turkey that are best suited to your needs.

Most travellers

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers

Hepatitis B

4 weeks before arrival*

Rabies

3 weeks before arrival*

Typhoid

2 weeks before arrival

02.Other health risks in Turkey

Your travel vaccinations for Turkey unfortunately do not extend to all health risks. In these cases, it is important to be aware of the health risks, so you can practice precautions.

Malaria

There is a very low risk of malaria in Turkey and antimalarials are not necessarily recommended. Even though cases of malaria should not be present in the country unless contracted abroad, practicing mosquito bite avoidance techniques is recommended.

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Insect and tick-borne diseases

There is a presence of a variety of insect and tick-borne diseases in Turkey such as hookworm, caused by coming in contact with contaminated hookworm eggs, the west nile virus, contracted through mosquito bites and leishmaniasis, an infection caused by sandfly bites.

Certain regions present a higher risk than others, however as the presence of these diseases is widespread, you are best avoiding insect and tick bites throughout your travels.

Schistosomiasis

Schistosomiasis is a disease spread by freshwater snails if you wade in contaminated freshwater, causing early symptoms such as itchy skin, or intestinal disease if not treated. Although previous cases of schistosomiasis have been reported in Turkey, the risk of contracting this disease is considered low, due to the possibility that transmission of schistosoma larvae may have been interrupted (currently being evaluated by the World Health Organization). Previous cases were reported in villages on the southeast border with Syria, mainly in the Nusaybin area (Mardin Province) and Akçakale (Sanliurfa Province).

03.Precautions for Turkey

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

Mosquitoes

There is a risk of malaria in Turkey, and you cannot be protected against the disease by vaccination.

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

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Insects and ticks

There is a risk of contracting various insect and tick-borne diseases throughout Turkey such as hookworm, west nile virus and leishmaniasis.

If you are an adventure traveller, exploring poorly sanitised areas or planning on being active at night, you may be at higher risk. Avoiding outdoor activities in grassy areas especially from spring to autumn and practicing consistent mosquito and anti-tick bite precautions will help you stay safe.

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Freshwater

There is a very low risk of contracting schistosomiasis, a disease spread by freshwater snails if you wade in contaminated freshwater. You can continue to practice precautions when exposed to freshwater in order to avoid any risk.

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Food and water

All travellers going to Turkey 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 Turkey 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 Turkey

Get a quick overview of some of the most important services that you may need while in Turkey. The following contacts can assist you, if you are in need of urgent help.

British Consulate General Istanbul +90 212 334 64 00

British Consulate Izmir +90 232 463 51 51

British Embassy Ankara +90 312 455 33 44

British Honorary Consulate Bodrum +90 252 412 64 88

British Honorary Consulate Fethiye +90 252 614 63 02

British Honorary Consulate Marmaris +90 252 412 64 88

British Vice Consulate Antalya +90 242 228 28 11

Local emergency medical services If you need urgent medical assistance while you are in Turkey, you can call the emergency number +90 112 to reach an ambulance.

Medical facilities and practitioners If you need to see a doctor while in Turkey, the British Embassy Ankara has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Turkey, providing a quick overview of reputable medical facilities.

05.Checklist for your trip to Turkey

  • 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 Turkey

  • Mosquito protection Ensure you have everything you need to minimise your chance of mosquito bites while in Turkey, including DEET insect repellent

  • Travel insurance If you become ill in Turkey 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 Turkey, as these can be helpful in case of an emergency

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
June 20, 2019

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