Health: India

Staying Healthy in India



We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs (including medical evacuation) before you depart. Confirm that your insurance covers you for the whole time you’ll be away and check what circumstances and activities are not included in your policy. Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel. The Australian Government will not pay for a traveller’s medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs.

Pre-travel preparation will help protect your health while you are away. We have prepared a summary of some of the major health risks you may face while travelling in India.

  • Check your basic immunisations such as Tetanus and Diphtheria are up-to-date.
  • Discuss with a Travel Doctor or your local General Practitioner about whether Hepatitus A and Typhoid should be considered.
  • Malaria is a risk factor in parts of India. Discuss prevention options with a Travel Doctor specialist or your local General Practitioner according to your travel plans.

We advise you consult a Travel Doctor specialist or your local General Practitioner prior to departure to assess these risks in relation to your medical history and your travel plans.

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For more travel information visit the Australian Government’s ‘Smartraveller’ website.

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