Thailand has long been a popular destination with a variety of Australian travellers – those seeking the sun and sand on a southern island or coastal resort, the nightlife and temples of Bangkok, or the variety of activities in and around Chiang Mai in the north. Increasing numbers are also travelling to Thailand for medical or dental procedures.
The following information provides some broad and general guidelines about health risks and recommendations for travel to Thailand. This 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.
ix to eight weeks out from departure is a good time to have a travel health consultation. You may need blood tests to check immunity to diseases or need a course of vaccines like rabies for example, and this gives you plenty of time to get everything completed. If you are travelling sooner however it's not too late for an appointment, simply make one as soon as you can.
Mosquitoes transmit a number of diseases which in Thailand include dengue fever and malaria. While there are vaccines for Japanese encephalitis and medication to reduce the risk of malaria, mosquito avoidance is the only way to prevent many of these diseases.
Travellers diarrhoea, giardia and dysentery are just some of the illnesses caused by contaminated food and water. Cautionary eating and drinking practices are recommended.
As well as being up to date for routine childhood vaccines such as tetanus, measles and hepatitis B, the following vaccines may also be recommended – hepatitis A, typhoid, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza. Decisions regarding which are most appropriate depend on duration and nature of travel, itinerary, age and underlying medical conditions. These and other issues will be discussed during your consultation.
Hepatitis A is commonly recommended for travel to Thailand.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
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
Influenza is one of the most common vaccine preventable illnesses in travellers. In tropical climates there is no 'flu season', risk being all year round.Read More
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
Best avoided by taking precautions to avoid mosquito bites, particularly during the daytime in urban areas. Increasing in incidence in many parts of the world, dengue is a serious mosquito borne disease.Read More
This mosquito borne parasite occurs deep in forested areas. The need for preventative medication should be discussed with one of our doctors.Read More
Either abstain or pack condoms and use them. Avoid sex workers. See a doctor on return for testing if you have put yourself at risk, and abstain until you are given the all clear.
Be sensible. Avoid motorbikes, especially without a helmet. Don’t swim when intoxicated and take advice from locals and signs. Carry a first aid kit.
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
Over 48,000 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Sri Lanka since 1st October 2019, a significant increase in incidence. Travellers should observe strict mosquito avoidance measures, particularly during daylight hours.
As a result of recent outbreaks of measles in various countries, the Solomon Islands' will be requiring arriving travellers from/via American Samoa, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, or Tonga to show proof of measles vaccination, effective December 28th 2019. Vaccination needs to have been at least 15 days prior and