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      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.

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      Important health risks


      The malaria risk is:

      There is no malaria risk in the areas above 1500 m, in Quito, Guayaquil and Galapagos Islands

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

      Yellow fever

      There is a risk of yellow fever east of the Andes: Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios and Zamora-Chinchipe.

      The risk of yellow fever is low west of the Andes, Esmeraldas, Guayas, Los Rios, Santa Helena, Santa Domingo de los Tsachilas and designated areas of Azuay, Bolivar, Canar, Carchi, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Imbabura, Loja, Pinchincha and Tungurahua.

      There is no risk of yellow fever in the areas above 2300m, nor in the cities Guayaquil, Quito nor at the Galapagos islands.

      Other insect-borne diseases

      Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunyazika, leishmaniasis and Chagas disease.

      Protect yourself against insects


      Ticks can transmit diseases.


      Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

      Altitude sickness

      You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

      Other frequent health risks while travelling

      Read these tips before you leave.


      Yellow fever


      Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for all travellers.
      In addition, vaccination is compulsory if you have recently been in a country where yellow fever may be present. This does not apply to the Galapagos Islands.

      This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre.

      Hepatitis A


      Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

      Update of basic vaccinations


      Other vaccinations

      Recommended for some travellers

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

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