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Requirements for traveling in Asia: vaccines, tips and documentation

The Asian continent is an increasingly attractive destination for travelers. However, if you plan to go to Asia, it is important that you inform yourself about the recommended vaccines for each destination, as well as the necessary documents to be able to enter, since these vary in each country.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Vaccines to travel to Asia

The sanitary requirements required depend on the area visited. On the one hand, the basic vaccination for any trip is that of tetanus-diphtheria, triple viral and hepatitis A.

On the other, in Southeast Asia, as in India, there is no yellow fever, so this vaccine is not mandatory, unless you come from a country where this disease is endemic, for example Brazil.

The countries that are part of Southeast Asia and that, therefore, you should consider for the following recommendations, are the following:

  • Burma
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Philippines
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • East Timor
  • Vietnam

There is a notable risk of malaria, especially in rural and jungle areas. There are treatments in pills that should be administered before, during and after the trip. However, they can cause some side effects.

Currently, there is no vaccine available to prevent malaria.

A recommended vaccine is that of typhoid fever, especially if you are going to visit a rural area. As for Japanese encephalitis, it is more common in tropical regions during the rainy seasons and also has its own vaccine.

To visit North and Central Asia (Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, etc.), no vaccination is required. The same is true in the Maldives, where there are no significant risks in terms of disease transmission.

In South Asia, specifically in India, the risk of contracting dengue It can be tall. There is no vaccine for this disease, so precautions should be taken against mosquito bites. For some areas it is advisable to take a malaria treatment. There is also some risk of Japanese encephalitis.

In East Asia there is no requirement, except in China, where travelers from an endemic country of yellow fever should be vaccinated. In Japan there is no risk of any disorder.

In the case of West Asia, it depends on each country. For example, to go to Israel no vaccine is required. In general, caution is also maintained with visitors arriving from a country with yellow fever.

There is no health card available to travel to Asia. Therefore, it is important to take out travel medical insurance that covers the possible health services that we may need.

It is also advisable to bring a first aid kit with some basic products, such as mosquito repellent, oral serum to treat stomach problems and Amoxicillin for infections.

The latter is an antibiotic, so to obtain it, in Spain you need a prescription. It is best to consult with the attending physician. Also, remember to take it in the original container and with the medical prescription.

A kit with basic products can be useful for small damages or ailments.

In the case of being pregnant, it is not advisable to make a long trip through Asia, since the sanitary conditions are not optimal. The same applies to the idea of ​​going with a baby. As for children, it is advisable to consult with the doctor if they need any additional vaccine.

Required Documentation

Each territory has entry requirements. In the case of the United Arab Emirates, they even vary depending on the Emirate. If you want to know about Dubai, you can find them in art article: Tips, documentation and requirements to travel to Dubai.

He Southeast Asian It is one of the most tourist areas. Several countries allow the entry of citizens from Europe and some States of South America without the need to apply for a visa, among which are:

  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand

For this, you must have a valid passport and, generally, with a minimum validity of six months. The allowed visit time is between 15 and 90 days, depending on the territory.

For other countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam and Myanmar, a visa is required. In the case of travelers from Spain, they are exempt in Brunei and Vietnam, although conditions may vary.

North and Central Asia They require a visa for most tourists. As for Japan, territories such as Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Spain are exempt. On the contrary, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela do need it.

The rest of the Pacific territories have specific conditions. In the case of China, you can find them in this article: Tips, documentation and requirements to travel to China.

Tips for Spaniards

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain provides some recommendations to Spaniards who plan to go to this continent. First, it affects the preparation of the trip with sufficient in advance.

In addition, you should bring enough money for contingencies and find out if credit cards can be used. You have to take out medical insurance that covers large expenses such as hospitalization or repatriation.

As for Southeast Asia, there are several points to consider. There are endemic areas of anger, so, despite having a low risk of infection, hygienic measures must be taken with water and food.

Cholera is a disease that is present in certain areas of Southeast Asia.

Also, if you are going to visit underdeveloped or less touristy areas, you should get vaccinated against typhoid fever. You also have to do it against the flu if you are going to practice activities such as hiking in areas exposed to animals.

It is advisable to register in the Travelers Registry that the Ministry makes available to citizens. You can do it online by clicking in this link.

User Questions

When is it more advisable to travel to Southeast Asia?

We must avoid the monsoon season, when there is abundant rainfall. In each country may vary. In the case of Thailand, it is between May and October (low season), and the best months to go are between November and February, when temperatures are not extremely high.

Do we have to cross the ocean to travel from America to Asia?

Most flights do not cross the Pacific Ocean, as their dimensions exceed the safety distance between an airplane and the nearest airport to land in an emergency. Therefore, airplanes from America to Asia tend to cross the Atlantic Ocean and Europe.

Can you go from Europe to Asia by land?

If possible. However, you must inform yourself about the different permits that are needed in each country to enter it with your own vehicle.

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