Medical travel – preventive measures you need to take


In India, there are fewer health regulations that apply to foreign tourists. These regulations are more of a prevention than anything else.

* WHO website for international travelers.

* WHO India

Yellow Fever

Any person (including infants) arriving by air or sea without a certificate may be detained in isolation for up to 6 days if arriving in or in transit in or arriving in an area in the infected area within 6 days of and have not been disinfected in accordance with Indian Aircraft (Public Health) or WHO recommended regulations Different countries in Central and South America and Africa are considered infected, ask the current Indian mission for an up-to-date list. If a case of yellow fever from any country is reported, the Government of India considers it to be infected with yellow fever and is added to the above list.


The risk of malaria exists throughout the country throughout the year, with the exception of parts of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Sikkim. No certificate is required, but an anti-malarial tablet course is recommended for all travelers to India.

Protect yourself from insects by staying in well-shielded areas, using repellents (applied sparingly at 4-hour intervals) and wearing long sleeved shirts and long trousers from dusk to dawn.


Travelers to countries that impose restrictions on arrivals from India or from an infected area in India due to cholera are required to hold a certificate. In any case, vaccination against cholera is recommended.

General tips

* Drink only bottled or boiled water or carbonated (bubble) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks and ice cubes. If this is not possible, make the water safer by filtering through an “absolute 1 micron or less” filter, and adding iodine tablets to the filtered water. "Absolute 1 micron filters" are found in campsite / outdoor supply stores.

* Purchase bottled water from venerable outlets to prevent upset stomach. Some of the best known brands are Bisleri, Kinley, Aqua Fina, Himalayas, etc. Make sure the bottle cap is intact.

* Beware of spicy foods, especially at the beginning of your journey. Avoid eating food from stalls on the road. Eat unpeeled fruits and avoid fresh salads, especially in small hotels. If you are forced to eat food in a place you are in doubt, make sure the food is served hot.

* Always use a repellent whenever you are in an area susceptible to mosquitoes. But remember that not every place is infested with mosquitoes and low temperatures in winter (when most tourists come to India) kill most bugs in the northern plains and hills.

* If you are traveling in burnt heat, do not forget to drink plenty of water, use hats, sunglasses and UV creams. Do not develop in the midday sun.

* Pharmacies or pharmacies are available in every small town and village and you can buy medicines. If you need to see a doctor with a certain condition, contact your hotel (most doctors on call) or a travel agent for assistance. The cost of visiting a doctor is relatively low (less than a dollar) compared to Western countries.

Health Kit

In India, state-of-the-art drugs are available in pharmacy stores, but it is wise to travel with reserve supplies. If prescription drugs are required, take enough time to travel. It is advisable to wear a small medical kit which should include a stomach upset medicine, some antiseptic cream, insect cream, sun / uv cream, etc.

Note: This document is not a complete medical guide for travelers in the area. Consult your doctor for specific information regarding your needs and your medical history; recommendations may vary for pregnant women, young children and people with chronic medical conditions.

This article is brought to you by the Medical Tourism India website, which is a service provider for medical tourists coming to India.