08 Oct 2018

Travelling for Diwali

Celebrating Diwali abroad? Careful preparation helps ensure a safe and enjoyable trip Travelling for Diwali

Please see news item 17 Oct 2018: Zika virus transmission: Change to risk category, Rajasthan, India

Check our Country Information pages for recommended vaccines, malaria tablets, other health risk advice and information about outbreaks of diseases like dengue.

Last minute advice is still helpful - see your healthcare provider as soon as possible to discuss your trip. Vaccines and malaria tablets, if needed, can be given just before travel. If you have any medical conditions, discuss your travel plans with your doctor or hospital specialist, even if vaccines or malaria tablets are not required.

Reduce your risk of illnesses spread by contaminated food and drinks, including travellers’ diarrhoea, by following food and water hygiene advice.

Take care to avoid insect bites. If you are taking malaria tablets, remember to complete the course as recommended.

Be vigilant for symptoms, such as fever or flu like illness, which need urgent medical attention. Travellers with fever, bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain, confusion, jaundice (yellow skin and eyes) or a rash need immediate emergency advice from a doctor or clinic.

Make sure you have comprehensive travel health insurance. Be aware of personal safety, especially in crowds, around water and while driving, using public transport or taxis. Check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for safety and security information about your destination.

Resources

Yellow fever ICVP: updated individual country requirements, 2020

The World Health Organization has published updated country requirements for a yellow fever International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) Read more

Coronavirus (COVID-19): cruise ship travel

Advice for travellers to who have booked or are planning a cruise ship holiday Read more

COVID-19 (coronavirus): general advice for travellers

Advice for travellers from the UK on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 outbreak Read more

New ABTA resource for travellers

Advice from ABTA for UK travellers planning overseas travel after lockdown Read more

Travelling to Europe?

Travel health reminder for travellers to mainland European countries Read more
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