Travelling to Reunion? Need Vaccinations?
The island country called Reunion conjures up images of incredibly beautiful landscapes, stretches of white sandy beaches and long lazy days relaxing and taking in the sites. This image is in fact quite close to the real thing. Reunion is based in the Indian ocean so beautiful warm beaches and blue sea teeming with marine life abound, Don’t be fooled though as Reunion also offers something for the mountain walker with its volcanic and mountain landscape
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Reunion?
Make sure that you are up-to-date with your routine vaccinations before heading off. The following vaccinations are recommended for most travellers to Reunion.
In addition, depending upon your itinerary, where you are travelling, length of travel and your occupational and lifestyle risks, you may also require vaccinations for the following:
Have a look at our pricing table for information about the cost of the travel vaccinations required for Reunion. If you are travelling around in the region, have a look at the vaccination requirements for the other countries that you intend to visit as recommendations differ from country to country.
Further Travel Health Advice for Reunion
Dengue fever is caused by mosquito bites from specific mosquitos most active during daylight. Generally they stay in urban or semi-urban areas but this is not always the case. There is no medical protection against dengue fever. What you can do however is avoid mosquito bites and use mosquito repellent if travelling to affected areas of Reunion. Your travel nurse should be able to advise you on what your options for protection are.
Heat and Humidity
Reunion has a tropical climate – which generally means warm and sometimes wet. They also have a cyclone season. Please check the weather for the time and areas you are travelling to so that you can adequately prepare.
Tap water is generally safe here. Be aware that water in open public spaces are not and are clearly labelled as so.
Food and Drink
Reunion has a mix of cultures and as such a mixture of diverse cuisines. You can find most tings here but check the spice level before ordering so that you aren’t surprised! You can get some good rum here so why not enjoy a swig. In some months, delicious tropical fruit is plentiful and worth a try.
Animals and Insects
Lots of different infections can be spread through animal bites, including Rabies and Dengue Fever. Please make sure you have had your shots before travelling. Please also talk to your travel nurse about the Chikungunya virus, which is also spread by mosquitos and can be very nasty indeed.
Make sure you have health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while in Reunion.
There are lots of hiking trails in Reunion so make sure when you are hiking you use your common sense and let people know where you are going and when you intend to be back. Its also hot hear so practice smart sun safety.