India

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

New coronavirus

The COVID-19 outbreak started in Wuhan, China, but has now grown into a pandemic with global outbreaks. As a result, the Belgian federal government prohibits.

Check the current level of public safety and corresponding travel advice for this destination on the website of the federal government.

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.

Inform yourself about the current security situation in this country and the travel advice of the federal government.

Health risks

Malaria

During the entire year there is a risk of malaria (65% P. falciparum) in the low-lying areas <2000 meter:

  • In the States of Assam (northeast) and Orissa (east) and in some districts of Andhra Pradesh (in East Godavari, Srikakulam, Vishakhapatnam and Vizianagaram) and in Madhya Pradesh (Balaghat, Dindori, Mandla and Seoni) there is an important malaria risk. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets. 
  • In the rest of the country (Goa, the Andaman and Nicobar islands) there is a low malaria risk. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.

In the areas above 2000 meter and on the Lakshadweep islands there is no risk of malaria.

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

Other mosquito-borne diseases

There is a risk of dengue, chikungunyazika and leishmaniasis.

Japanese encephalitis occurs in the entire country and all year round. In the North the risk is highest, especially in the period from May to October.

Rabies

Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

Other possible infections

Vaccinations

Hepatitis A

Recommended

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations

Recommended

Polio

Recommended, sometimes mandatory

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

For travellers from certain countries in Asia or Africa where polio occurs, polio vaccination is compulsory.

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.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

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

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