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Thailand Travel Information – Which Vaccinations Do I Need?

This post was last updated on February 17th, 2020 at 01:22 pm


Preparing vaccinations for your trip to Thailand is probably not your favorite part but it needs to be done. In many ways, a trip to Thailand cannot be compared to a trip to countries in the western parts of the world. The culture, the people, the nature, the faith, everything about Thailand is different from other countries. Proper preparation for your vacation is important to prevent unpleasant surprises. One of them is the vaccinations you need in Thailand.

 

Do not take any risks when it comes to your health. Many insurers cover costs such as vaccinations, check if yours does too.

 

Vaccinations for Thailand

You do not want to visit all of Thailand’s places of interest and run the risk of becoming infected. In order to keep your schedule running smoothly, we have made an overview of the most important vaccinations you will need.

 

TIP – This is, of course, general advice, for more specific information we would like to refer you to your local pharmacy, doctor or community health center.

 

Recommended Vaccinations for Thailand

 

  • DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Polio)
  • Hepatitis A
  • MMR (only if you have not had measles or a measles vaccination)
  • Yellow fever is only mandatory if you have been to a yellow fever country within seven days before entering Thailand.

 

Are you staying in Thailand for longer than 3 months? If so, the following vaccinations are also recommended:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Rabies

 

Image of: Beautiful view of a beach on Koh Similan
Beautiful view of a beach on the Similan Islands

 

Other Recommendations

In addition to the necessary vaccinations, it is wise to take certain precautions that cannot be solved with vaccinations. We’re mainly talking about medicines. We recommend that you always take the medicines below with you! Paracetamol can be bought everywhere, but if you need it immediately and you are in an uninhabited area, it is great to have it in your backpack. We advise bringing;

 

  • Malaria tablets
  • Diarrhea inhibitors
  • Paracetamol
  • Anti-mosquito spray (DEET)
  • Mosquito net

 

If you follow the above recommendations, you are already well prepared for your trip to Thailand. But preparing a trip is more than just taking care of your vaccinations. Have you already booked a hotel in Thailand for after your arrival? Do you know if you’re going to need a visa for Thailand? All of this and more is covered by good preparation for your trip to Thailand, and we’re happy to help you!

 

Malaria

There is virtually no malaria in Thailand. Using mosquito spray or a mosquito net is often enough. Be more careful if you near the borders. To give you an overview you can check the image below:

 

Akisoto Thailand Malaria Map

 

Light Blue: No malaria

Orange: We advise using anti-mosquito spray

Red: Higher risk areas, use mosquito spray, bring malaria tablets/pills, and increase your awareness

 

Mosquitoes are mainly active in the evening, at night, and in the early morning. If you wear long sleeves and long pants, the chance of infection is smaller. In addition, the use of a mosquito net, and mosquito spray – DEET (in moderation) is recommended.

 

Summary

The only vaccinations recommended for Thailand are DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Polio), Hepatitis A and MMR (only if you have not had measles or measles vaccination). Yellow fever is only mandatory if you have been to a yellow fever country within seven days before Thailand. Malaria is not common in Thailand but you can take some precautions; bring mosquito spray (DEET), a mosquito net and if you want to be extra sure, malaria tablets.

 

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