Which Vaccinations do I Need? A Comprehensive Guide to Healthy Travel

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Note: This blog was edited on 5 September 2016.

Whilst a trip to France or Spain requires little in the way of medical intervention (other than those trusted hangover cures), a sojourn to further flung parts of the world may require vaccinations against diseases or infections present in your destination.

The (usually small) threat of an exotic illness should not put you off following your dreams and holidaying in new and exotic lands. If you’re comfortable with injections; vaccinations are a safe, simple and quick way to protect yourself and your family against the threat of these illnesses.

If you are cruising to a number of exotic and faraway locations – it can become a little confusing about the vaccinations that you require before travelling. Whilst it is advisable to seek protection against more common conditions such as Tetanus whilst travelling to most countries around the world, it is not strictly necessary, and visitors are allowed through the borders unvaccinated.

When you are travelling to a new land, it can be a little confusing and daunting to determine which vaccinations you’ll need. This can be even more confusing if you are travelling on a cruise holiday which is stopping off in multiple countries. To simplify this, we have used information from NHS Fit to Travel to create this helpful guide about the vaccinations you will need during an overseas cruise.

Key:

Man = Mandatory. Vaccination and a certificate are both required for entry.

Rec = Recommended. The NHS strongly recommend vaccination but it is not required.

Cer = Certificate. A certificate is required if entering an endemic country.

Country Yellow Fever Hepatitis A Typhoid Tetanus Polio Meningitis
Africa
Algeria Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Cape Verde Rec/Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Egypt Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Kenya Rec/Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec Rec
Libya Rec Rec Rec Rec
Mali Man Rec Rec Rec Rec Rec
Mauritius Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Morocco Rec Rec Rec Rec
Senegal Rec/Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec Rec
Seychelles Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
South Africa Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Tanzania Rec/Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec Rec
Tunisia Rec Rec Rec Rec
Zambia Rec Rec Rec Rec Rec Rec
Europe
Austria
Belgium Rec
Bulgaria Rec Rec Rec
Croatia Rec Rec Rec
Cyprus Rec
Denmark Rec
Estonia Rec Rec Rec
Finland Rec
France Rec
Germany Rec
Greece Cer Rec Rec
Iceland Rec
Italy Rec
Malta Rec
Monaco Rec
Netherlands Rec
Norway Rec
Portugal Rec
Russia Rec Rec Rec
Spain Rec
Sweden Rec
Ukraine Rec Rec Rec
Asia &Middle East
Cambodia Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
China Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Hong Kong Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
India Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Indonesia Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Israel Rec Rec Rec Rec
Japan Rec Rec
Jordan Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Malaysia Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Maldives Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Oman Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Philippines Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Russia Rec Rec Rec Rec
Singapore Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Sri Lanka Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Thailand Rec Rec Rec Rec
Turkey Rec Rec Rec Rec
UAE Rec Rec Rec Rec
Vietnam Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Central &South America
Argentina Rec Rec Rec Rec
Belize Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Brazil Rec/Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Chile Rec Rec Rec Rec
Colombia Rec Rec Rec Rec Rec
Costa Rica Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Ecuador Rec/Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
El Salvador Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Honduras Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Mexico Rec Rec Rec Rec
Panama Rec Rec Rec Rec Rec
Paraguay Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Peru Rec/Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Uruguay Rec Rec Rec Rec
Venezuela Rec Rec Rec Rec Rec
North America & Caribbean
Antigua Rec Rec Rec Rec
Aruba Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Bahamas Rec Rec Rec Rec
Barbados Rec Rec Rec Rec
Barbuda Rec Rec Rec Rec
Canada Rec
Cayman Island Rec Rec Rec Rec
Cuba Rec Rec Rec Rec
Dominica Rec Rec Rec Rec
Dom. Republic Rec Rec Rec Rec
Greenland Rec
Grenada Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Haiti Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Hawaii Rec Rec
Jamaica Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Martinique Rec Rec Rec Rec
St Kitts Nevis Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
St Lucia Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
St Vincent Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Tobago Rec/Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Trinidad Rec/Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Turks Caicos Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
USA Rec
Virgin Islands Rec Rec Rec Rec
Australasia
Australia Cer Rec
Cook Islands Rec Rec Rec Rec
Easter Islands Rec Rec Rec Rec
Fiji Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
N. Caledonia Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
New Zealand Rec
PNG Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Fr. Polynesia Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Samoa Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec
Tonga Cer Rec Rec Rec Rec

The above information can be subject to change. 

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If you are cruising to a number of exotic and faraway locations – it can become a little confusing about the vaccinations you require before travelling. To simplify this, we have used information from NHS Fit to Travel to create this helpful guide about the vaccinations you will need during an overseas cruise.
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Belinda Goodman

Cruise 1st veteran Belinda has a passion for travel, especially cruising. She has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years, including a 3-year stint working on cruise ships as a croupier. Belinda regularly writes for the Cruise 1st blog, with a focus on company news and advice for first-time cruise travellers.

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