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Thailand trip: which vaccinations are recommended?

Before your Thailand vacation, you should also deal with the topic of prevention / prophylaxis. Here you will find the current vaccination recommendations as well as information on malaria and dengue fever in Thailand.

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Vaccinations for the Thailand trip

Two important points in advance:

  • Don't drive yourself crazy! Millions of tourists travel to Thailand every year and come back healthy. There are a few simple precautions you can take to minimize risk.
  • My tips are not a substitute for advice from a doctor or tropical medicine specialist. Please note the note at the end of the article.

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Which vaccinations are necessary for a stay in Thailand?

Many recommendations are based on the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar. This includes all vaccinations that are considered advisable regardless of travel. You should check and complete this about two months before the flight, if necessary.

This applies to the following infections:

  • tetanus
  • diphtheria
  • polio
  • measles
  • mumps
  • rubella
  • Pertussis (whooping cough)

As a travel vaccination for Thailand it is recommended:

Depending on the type of trip, consider:

  • Hepatitis B.
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • rabies
  • typhus
  • cholera
  • Meningococci

If you are only staying in the tourist places and in upscale hotels for two weeks, you probably don't need any of these. Some of the vaccinations mentioned are recommended for simple accommodation, tours inland, long-term stays, etc.

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Thailand vaccinations: how long before?

You shouldn't think about this until a week before you leave because not all vaccines are always in stock. You will also need several appointments for the rabies vaccination, for example. The best thing to do is see a doctor specializing in this area about two months before you start your journey.

If you've missed the topic and you're about to leave: Most Thailand vaccinations are also available at short notice. It is best to contact your doctor or the tropical institute immediately. You can already ask on the phone whether the vaccines are in stock.

Mandatory vaccinations for Thailand (yellow fever vaccination)

If you come directly from Europe, no vaccinations are required. However, you will need a yellow fever vaccination certificate if you have been in a yellow fever endemic area within six days of entering the country.

Thailand: cost of vaccinations

Vaccinations are expensive. Fortunately, the health insurance companies usually pay for the vaccinations that are recommended for the respective travel destination. However, a few do not do this with every vaccination. It is best to find out more from your insurance company in advance.

Vaccinations for Thailand: Recommendations from the Federal Foreign Office and tropical institutes

For more information, here are a few important links on the topic:

Health tips for Thailand

Malaria in Thailand

There is a low risk of malaria in some regions of the country. Central areas in the north, the capital Bangkok and, among others, the popular tourist destinations Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Krabi (urban area), Phuket (urban area), Koh Samui and Pattaya are considered malaria-free.

The low risk exists in some border areas in the north, for example around the Golden Triangle, and in the southeast near the border with Cambodia. This also applies to the islands of Koh Chang and Koh Mak. You also still have a low risk on the islands of Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Koh Phi Phi.

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Thailand: Dengue fever

In addition to malaria, there is also a risk of dengue fever in Thailand. However, this is not as widespread as in neighboring Malaysia, for example. A vaccination is not possible, so the only thing that helps is to apply mosquito repellent. The mosquitoes are diurnal. The risk is slightly higher in the rainy season and in cities.

Medical care in Thailand

In general, medical care in the country is good. Bangkok in particular has a number of highly regarded clinics. There are also hospitals in all major cities. You will find many international clinics in the tourist areas. German-speaking doctors and nurses also work in some places on holiday islands such as Phuket or Ko Samui.

The best travel credit card for Thailand

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First aid kit for Thailand

The pharmacies in Thailand have a wide range of medicine that is freely available. However, so that you don't have to go to a doctor about small things or deal with language barriers in the store, I recommend that you take some medication with you. I have summarized which of these are in my checklist for first-aid kit for Thailand.

Thailand: overseas health insurance

Doctors and hospitals bills must be paid immediately in Thailand. This is usually done in cash or by credit card. In most cases, you can then have the costs reimbursed if you have appropriate insurance cover abroad. Almost all health insurances have such travel insurance in their program. These are inexpensive and often include home transport in an emergency.

If you are traveling for more than six weeks, you need special long-term insurance protection. The costs are determined based on the duration of the trip and your age. The insurance cover provided by Hanse Merkur is popular for this. I mention other providers in my article »Everything you need to travel«.

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Important NOTE:

This article is intended to help you get a first overview of the subject of vaccinations / prophylaxis for Thailand. However, it does not replace advice from a doctor. I am a medical layperson and the recommendations given here are based on my previous travel experiences and my own research. I therefore do not assume any liability for the completeness, correctness or topicality of the information.

Talk to a doctor / tropical medicine specialist about your travel route and your individual health situation. You should have the interview at least four to six weeks before the trip, as some vaccinations have to be repeated and there are occasional shortages of individual vaccines.

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About the author

Stefan has been traveling to the countries of Southeast Asia since 2006 and often spends several months there. In 2013 he founded Fascination Southeast Asia and has since written several eBooks and books on the subject (including the insider travel guide "555 Tips for Bangkok"). Between his travels he lives and works in Düsseldorf.

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