Travel and Covid-19 vaccinations
For the latest on vaccination, testing, self-isolation or quarantine requirements to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 either on arrival in your destination or your return to the UK, please check the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice.
How can I find out if I need a vaccination?
It all depends on your travel plans. If you’re visiting a big city in the EU, you probably won’t need any jabs at all. If you’re visiting a tropical country, it’s a lot more likely.
The NHS Fit for Travel website lists vaccine requirements by country, giving information on which vaccines, boosters and certificates are required, including information on malaria and yellow fever.
Even if you’re feeling on top form, there’s still a risk of catching something while you’re abroad, whether it’s from food, water, insects or animals. A visit to your GP or a Travel Nurse is the best way to find out what you need to do.
If you don’t need any jabs, they’ll still be able to assess any health risks that you might not have considered, and give you advice before you travel.
Just let them know where you’re travelling to, and be as specific as possible. They’ll be able to tell you exactly which you’ll need, and which vaccinations are available for free (or at low cost) on the NHS.
Even though it can be a bit of a hassle, you’ll be glad when they’re all done.