Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

New coronavirus

SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is responsible for an outbreak of pneumonia. The COVID-19 outbreak initially started in Wuhan (China) and subsequently spread to other countries. Currently this country has registered more than 100 cases of COVID-19.

This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.

As a result of the global coronavirus pandemic caused by COVID-19, all non-essential travels have been banned by the Belgian Federal Government.

Check the current safety situation in this country on the website of the federal government.

Health risks


In the southern regions in the Yunnan province (in the extreme south of China, in the border area with Laos-Vietnam-Myanmar) there is a very low malaria risk. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.

In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.

There is no risk of malaria in the rest of the country.

Other mosquito-borne diseases

There is a risk of dengue and chikungunya in the south of the country and leishmaniasis.

Japanese encephalitis occurs in all provinces including Tibet, with the exception of Xizang (Tibet), Xinjiang and Qinghai, especially from June to October.


Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.


There is a risk of infection with schistosomiasis when swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

Tick-borne encephalitis

There is a risk of tick-borne encephalitis in the north (see the tick-borne encephalitis map of China).

Other possible infections


Hepatitis A


Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations




A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

Yellow fever

Mandatory for some travelers

Yellow fever does not occur here, but the vaccination is compulsory from the age of nine months:

  • If you are departing from another country where yellow fever can occur. 
  • If you have spent more than twelve hours in transit in an airport in a country where yellow fever occurs.

This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

The vaccination is not compulsory if you only travel to Honkong or Macau.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

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