Depending on your country of origin, you may need to get vaccinated before traveling to Thailand. In this article, we indicate what vaccines are necessary and recommended to enter the country. In addition, we talk about the most frequent diseases and give you some health tips.
Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.
The only vaccine required to travel to Thailand is that of the yellow fever. It must be updated by all those who have been in recent months in a country where there is some risk of contracting this disease. In this aspect, these are the territories considered dangerous:
- TO: Angola, Argentina
- B: Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi
- C: Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Ivory Coast
- AND: Ecuador, Ethiopia
- G: French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Guyana
- K: Kenya
- L: Liberia
- M: Mali, Mauritania
- N: Niger, Nigeria
- P: Panama, Paraguay, Peru
- R: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda
- S: Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname
- T: Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago
- OR: Uganda
- V: Venezuela
Therefore, people traveling from one of these countries must show their International Health Certificate to show that they are vaccinated against yellow fever. Remember that to be effective, the vaccine against this disease must be given at least 10 days before the trip.
As for the vaccines that are recommended to have up to date if you plan to travel to Thailand, these are:
- Hepatitis A
- Viral triple (measles, rubella, mumps)
- Typhoid fever
You can check with your doctor what you have up to date, as most of them are put in children in much of the countries. Also, keep in mind that they need to be put with certain in advance.
If you are going to stay in Thailand for quite some time, sometimes it is also advisable to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B, as it is a disease that is transmitted by having sex or by blood. As for rabies, it is advisable if you plan to be in contact with animals.
If you want to know where the international vaccination center closest to you is, you can access the complete list provided by the Ministry of Health on those present in Spain by clicking in this link. As you can see, there are in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and other important cities.
Also, in Argentina there are two centers in which free advice is provided on the vaccinations needed to travel. They are the Francisco J. Muñiz Infectious Hospital, in Uspallata, and the San Martín de la Plata Hospital.
If you are traveling through rural areas of the country, keep in mind that malaria is present. For this disease there is a medication, although it must be taken before, during and after the trip, and it has certain side effects.
He Zika virus It is present in Thailand and is remarkably dangerous for pregnant women, as it can cause malformations in the fetus. There is also a greater risk of getting dengue in the rainy season between May and November, especially in the center and north.
These three diseases are transmitted by mosquito bites. Therefore, it is important to have a special repellent for tropical areas and carry out all possible precautions.
HIV or AIDS is a disease that unfortunately abounds in Thailand and is spread by sexual transmission, so be cautious with this issue. In addition, there are cases of people infected with Zika virus also through this action.
As indicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain, hospitals in Thailand are of quite good quality, especially in Bangkok. However, its price is high and payment guarantee is required, so it is vital to have a health insurance with wide coverage, since the Social Security of your country does not cover this expense.
It is also advisable to drink only water that is bottled. On the other hand, the fruits and vegetables that are consumed must be previously disinfected to avoid any type of illness.
As for medications, you should keep in mind that some narcotics are prohibited in the country, while others such as codeine and morphine are limited, so, if you must travel with one of them, you must acquire a permit before entering to Thailand. The same goes for psychotropic substances: some are prohibited and others are limited. You can find the complete listings by clicking in this link (the information is in English).
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