Travel advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Travel advice

Guidance for British people travelling and living overseas following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). (Updated regularly)

Contents:
• Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) travel advice
• Before you go
• When you're abroad
• Returning to the UK
• Latest health advice

Source: www.gov.uk

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If you are planning to travel to any foreign countries, you may need to make an appointment with the practice to discuss your travel arrangements. You will need to inform the practice which countries and areas you are visiting, which will determine what vaccinations are required.

It is important to check to see if you need any vaccinations before travelling and it’s best to book your appointment as soon as possible. You should plan to discuss your requirements with the surgery at least 6 weeks before you intend to travel. This will allow you to attend an appointment to receive your vaccinations in plenty of time as travel vaccines are not stocks vaccines and must be ordered. You should plan to receive your vaccinations at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Please note: Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.

Although you may think travelling within Europe requires no vaccinations, check below as you should consider to be vaccinated against things like Tick-borne Encephalitis, Hepatitis and Typhoid.

Always ensure you have had an up-to-date Tetanus booster as well.

Europe & Russia

You should ensure that your Tetanus vaccine booster is up-to-date when travelling.

You should also consider vaccinations against Diphtheria, Rabies and Hepatitis B when travelling to places such as Canada, Mexico and the United States of America.

North America

If you are visiting places such as Costa Rica, Honduras or Panama, you should talk to your GP practice about checking your Hepatitis A and Tetanus vaccinations are up-to-date.

It’s a good idea to consider getting vaccinated against Rabies, Diphtheria and Yellow Fever.

Central America

Travelling to places like Peru, Brazil and Columbia means that you should check your Tetanus and Hep B vaccines are up-to-date.

You should talk to your GP about vaccines for Yellow Fever, Diphtheria, Rabies and Typhoid too.

South America & Antarctica

When travelling to the Caribbean, ensure you have had an up-to-date Tetanus vaccination.

You should talk to your GP about vaccinations against Diphtheria, Hepatitis B and Rabies when you are visiting somewhere like Jamaica, Barbados, Cuba or Saint Lucia.

Caribbean

If you’re visiting the Seychelles you should consider vaccinations such as Hepatitis A & B.

Travellers going to Egypt or Tunisia should think about those as well, and also consider vaccines for things such as Rabies and Typhoid.

Africa

When visiting Saudi Arabia, it’s advised that you are vaccinated against Influenza, Meningococcal Meningitis and Poliomyelitis.

Other places such as United Arab States, Jordan and Bahrain advise you to consider vaccines for Diphtheria and Hepatitis A before travelling.

Middle East

Travellers who intend to visit places such as Afghanistan, Pakistan or Kazakhstan should talk to their GP practice about boosters for Tetanus as well as vaccinations for Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Poliomyelitis and Diphtheria.

Individuals at highest risk should speak to their GP about vaccines for Cholera and Tick-borne Encephalitis.

Central Asia

You should be vaccinated against Tetanus and Hepatitis B when visiting somewhere like Hong Kong, Bangladesh or the Maldives.

It is advised that those at highest risk should have vaccinations for Cholera, Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis in some cases. Ask your GP for more information.

East Asia

Ensure that your Tetanus boosters are up-to-date when travelling to places such as Australia, New Zealand or Fiji!

You should also consider being vaccinated against Typhoid, Japanese Encephalitis, Diphtheria and Hepatitis A & B.

Australasia & Pacific

If you are travelling to Europe, here is some advice and guidance that you may find useful.

Taking this advice will ensure that you get the most out of your holiday!

https://ec.europa.eu/info/index_en

You can find out which vaccinations are necessary or recommended for the areas you’ll be visiting on these websites:

Some countries require proof of vaccination, which must be documented on an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) before you enter or when you leave a country.

Where do I get my travel vaccines?

Contact us on askmyGP or telephone 01469 572058 to find out whether your existing UK vaccinations are up-to-date. A GP or nurse may be able to give you general advice about travel health and vaccinations, such as protecting yourself from malaria.

They can give you any missing doses of your UK vaccines if you need them.

Other things to consider

There are other things to consider when planning your travel vaccinations, including:

• Your age and health - you may be more vulnerable to infection
• Working as an aid worker - You may come into contact with more diseases
• Working in a medical setting - You may require additional vaccinations
• Contact with animals - diseases can be spread quickly by animals

Always check you're up-to-date with routine vaccinations available on the NHS.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Speak to your GP before having any vaccinations if you’re pregnancy, think you may be pregnant or if you’re breastfeeding.

In many cases, it’s unlikely a vaccine given while you’re pregnant or breastfeeding will cause problems for the baby.

Your GP will be able to give you further advice about this.

People with immune deficiencies

For some people travelling overseas, vaccination against certain diseases may not be advised.

This may be the case if you have a condition that affects your body’s immune system such as HIV, you’re receiving treatment that affects your immune system, such as chemotherapy or if you have recently had a bone marrow or organ transplant.

A GP can advise you further on this.

Which travel vaccines are free?

The following travel vaccines are available free on the NHS if your GP practice is signed up to provide vaccination (immunisation) services.

• Polio (given as a combined jab)
• Typhoid
• Hepatitis A
• Cholera

These vaccines are free because they protect against diseases thought to represent the greatest risk to public health if they were brought into the country.

Which travel vaccines will I have to pay for?

You'll have to pay for travel vaccinations against:

• Hepatitis B
• Japanese Encephalitis
• Meningitis vaccines
• Rabies
• Tick-borne Encephalitis
• Tuberculosis (TB)
• Yellow Fever

The cost of travel vaccines that are not available on the NHS will vary, depending on the vaccine and number of doses you need. It's worth considering when budgeting for your trip.