There is huge geographic and climactic variation from the cool far north to the tropical south, the mountainous west , and megacities in the east. Common destinations include the Forbidden City in Beijing, Teracotta Warriers in Xian, Yangtze river cruises, the Great Wall, ultramodern Shianghai, Guilin’s verticle limestone and Tibet via railway to high altitude.
The following information provides some broad and general guidelines about health risks and recommendations for travel to China.It should not be taken as a substitute for a personal consultation with one of our travel health doctors, whose advice will be specific for you and your trip and may include some things not mentioned here.
In light of the current coronavirus outbreak and the dynamic nature of the situation, we advise anyone thinking of travelling to China to seek Smartraveller and WHO advice in advance of booking.
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The risk of malaria is very low in China, except those travelling to rural parts of the far southwest Yunnan province or to Hainan Island in the wet season. Our doctors will advise you as to whether malaria preventative medication is necessary or advisable. Mosquito bite avoidance is still important to prevent a number of other diseases.
Travellers diarrhoea, giardia and dysentery are just some of the illnesses caused by contaminated food and water.
To reduce your risk of gastro observe strict food and water safety precautions and good hand hygiene
Everyone should be up to date for routine childhood immunisations and may need adult boosters for such diseases as tetanus, measles and hepatitis B.
Additional vaccines may also be recommended depending on your individual medical history, current itinerary and the likelihood of future travel.
Hepatitis A is commonly recommended for travel to China.Read More
A food and water borne disease, typhoid vaccination is recommended for some itineraries.
Consider pre-travel rabies vaccination (at least three weeks before departure) for longer trips, those at risk or anyone wanting lifelong protection. Avoid animals (particularly dogs, monkeys, cats and bats). Thoroughly rinse and disinfect any animal wound and seek prompt medical care for post exposure management (whether or not pre-vaccinated).Read More
It is best to seek expert advice from a travel health doctor about the need for preventive medication if travelling to risk areas. Mosquito avoidance is essential. Any fever occurring during or after travel requires prompt investigation to exclude malaria or other diseases.Read More
Influenza is one of the most common vaccine preventable illnesses in travellers and is generally recommended for travel to China.Read More
Mainly a problem in the megacities with disastrous long-term effects for the local population. Asthma, eye irritation and increased risk of respiratory infections are the major issues for travellers. Carry inhalers if asthmatic. Flu and pneumonia vaccine as well as medication for self-treatment of respiratory infections are recommended for those susceptible.
It is important to understand how to avoid this rare but potentially catastrophic mosquito borne disease. For those at significant risk there are a couple of vaccine options.Read More
Business travellers to China often put themselves at risk. Common sense is required. STD checks are available on return.
There are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of gastro spoiling your trip, including taking a water filtration drink bottle and one of our customisable medication kits with guidelines for self-treatment.Read More
An oral vaccine available for the prevention of cholera which also reduces the risk of travellers diarrhoea, is often taken by those wishing to significantly reduce their risk of gastro.Read More
Only a problem if travelling to Tibet. See us to discuss preventive medication and ways to reduce your risk.Read More
Sporadic cases occur, nearly always in locals who have direct contact with sick poultry. As a precaution, avoid live bird markets.
As there is no non-essential overseas travel at this time this article will simply remain as an information resource for COVID-19. See our main COVID-19 page for more detailed information. We hope to be able to inform our travelers once again after this crisis passes. The links below remain trustworthy
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