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


On all islands east of Lombok including Flores, Halmahera, Moluccas, Papua, Sumba and Timor there is a significant malaria risk. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets.

On the other islands, including Borneo, the Gili islands, Java, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sulawesi (Kalimantan) and Sumatra there is a low malaria risk. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.

There is no malaria risk on Bali, nor in the large cities (except in Papua).

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, chikungunya and zika.

Japanese encephalitis occurs in the entire country.


Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

Female circumcision

Girls who visit their family in this country are sometimes circumcised.

Other possible infections


Hepatitis A


Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations



Recommended, sometimes mandatory

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

Polio vaccination is compulsory for all travellers who will be spending more than four weeks in this country. This vaccination must be administered at least four weeks and no more than twelve months prior to departure from the country and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

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. 

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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