IAMAT |International Association of Medical Assistance to Travellers| IAMAT |International Association of Medical Assistance to Travellers|

Country Health Advice

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Health information by country

Get verified and up-to-date advice on:

  • Required and recommended vaccinations
  • Health risks
  • Food and water conditions
  • Travel and mental health

Information by health risk

Get advice on a particular health risk, including its geographic distribution, symptoms, and prevention recommendations.

What are the health risks at my destination?

You've come to the right place! Here you'll find verified and up-to-date health recommendations for all countries.

As you prepare for your trip, you may find travel health tips and advice from different sources. There is often conflicting advice. It may be outdated or even false.

Take the stress out of trip planning with our health information from sources trusted by travel health professionals. We give you the most relevant and up-to-date information on immunizations, health risks, food and water safety conditions, and climate information for your destination, all in one place. Generations of travellers have relied on our advice to stay healthy and go confidently.

How we do it

We update our travel health recommendations daily and only report confirmed cases.

Our recommendations are based on information from our local medical and public health collaborators around the world, the latest developments in travel medicine research, and active participation in travel health networks. Other sources include the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the International Society for Infectious Diseases' ProMED-mail service, and peer reviewed articles in medical and scientific journals. 

Note that some health risks are not officially reported or are underreported, preventing us from giving you the full picture.

Why are there different travel health recommendations out there?

You may come across conflicting advice or meet another traveller that is not taking the same antimalarial medication as you or who received different vaccines. Here are the reasons why:

  • Some vaccines and medications are not available in your country.
  • Guidelines differ among countries due to cultural perception of risk.
  • Travel medicine experts may not unanimously agree on some guidelines due to lack of evidence.

It may be tempting to ditch your malaria pills, for example, because it's inconvenient or other travellers may not be taking them. If travel vaccines or medications are recommended by your doctor or travel health practitioner, it's important to take them exactly as prescribed for your own protection and to prevent drug resistance.

Travel health recommendations differ for each individual and depend on your health status, destination, trip itinerary, type of travel, and length of stay.

Last reviewed and updated: September 12, 2016

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