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What vaccinations do I need to travel to India?

Page last updated 28 April 2020

All travellers should be up-to-date with their routine vaccinations before heading off to India.

These include vaccines for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, chicken pox, polio and influenza. For a full list, refer to the National Immunisation Program – available here 

Most travellers

There is an increased risk of contracting hepatitis A and typhoid in India, both of which can be contracted through contaminated food or water. 

Some travellers

Depending on where you are staying and what activities you have planned, the following vaccinations may be recommended for you by your doctor:

  • Cholera (recommended for those who are visiting friend’s and/or relatives, or travelling for humanitarian aid work in disaster areas)
  • Hepatitis B 
  • Japanese encephalitis 
  • Rabies (due to the number of wild dogs roaming the country) 
  • Malaria 

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Sources & Citations

5. World Health Organization. Vaccines. Available at: [Accessed 16 April 2020].

8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. India – Traveler View. Available at: [Accessed 16 April 2020].

SPANZ.SPAS.18.04163(1)a - Date of preparation April 2020