Vaccinations for Bali
When organizing your trip to Bali, you will probably be wondering what vaccines are necessary, and if so, which ones are mandatory.
Generally speaking, you won’t need any mandatory vaccinations to travel to Indonesia, except for the yellow fever vaccine if you’ve been in a country where this disease is endemic for the last 6 months. If this is your case and you have been in South America, Africa or Asia in the last 6 months, you should check out the list of countries where the yellow fever is endemic (check it out on the World Health Organization website). You will need to carry your international vaccination record with you to prove that you have been vaccinated.
We would like to make it clear from the start that you should always see a doctor on this matter. Before you set off for the Island of the Gods, we recommend you to go to an International Vaccination Centre at least one month before you start your journey. They can advise you on the vaccinations you need. You can use the information on this page as a guide. Still, it is essential to consult a doctor for specific recommendations.
The fact that they are not mandatory doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get vaccinated. In the end it’s your decision, but it’s better to take precautions. We recommend you to avoid problems and if you can, get vaccinated against as many of the basics diseases as possible, as they will last for a long time anyway.
Highly recommended vaccines are:
- Tetanus – usually spread through cuts or in contact with rusty material.
- Rabies – it is an animal bite – you will be surprised how many dogs, monkeys, and bats there are all over the island.
- Hepatitis A – can be spread through food handled by an infected person who has not washed their hands properly or who may have infected the food through saliva when coughing.
- Hepatitis B – can be spread by blood, semen, or other fluid from an infected person.
- Typhus – bacteria that can be transmitted by lice and fleas. In addition, the use of insecticides, long sleeves in watering areas and meticulous laundry are recommended
- Japanese encephalitis – is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito found on rice terraces.
- Typhoid fever – it can be spread through contact between people along with food or water (it is recommendable to always drink bottled water).
On the other hand, it is also necessary to take a look at the risk of malaria that, although Bali is not considered a source of infection by this disease, it is advisable to follow the indicated prophylaxis and use mosquito repellent on a daily basis.
Foreign Affairs have the following recommendations on vaccines for Indonesia:
Mandatory: None. However, people from Africa or South America who have resided in those continents for the six months before entering Indonesia must provide proof of vaccination against yellow fever.
Recommended: Tetanus, Hepatitis B, and Typhus. In the main cities of Indonesia, there is no risk of malaria. But if you travel to rural areas in Riau, Jambi, Papua, Borneo or East and West Nusa Tenggara, it is advisable to follow the appropriate prophylaxis, to use mosquito repellent and mosquito nets.
We hope you find this information useful and remember that is advisable to consult your doctor. Therefore, go to an International Vaccination Center for advice on the vaccines you need.