Travel Vaccinations for Bali
Bali in Indonesia, and her neighbouring islands, Lombok and the Gilis, are living proof that paradise does exist. The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Bali.
The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.
|Vaccination||All Travellers||Most Travellers||Some Travellers||Major Risk|
|MMR||Yes||Person-to-Person||Measles, mumps, rubella, Course of Two||£50|
|DTaP||Yes||Person-to-Person||Tetanus, Diptheria, polio, Single Dose||£40|
|Typhoid||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Typhoid, single dose||£50|
|Hepatitis A||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Hepatitis A, Single Dose||£80|
|Cholera||Yes||Contaminated Food and Water||Cholera, for course of 2||£35|
|Hepatitis B||Yes||Body Fluids, Medical Intervention||Hepatitis B, Course of Three||£55|
|Japanese Encephalitis||Yes||Mosquitoes||Japanese encephalitis, Course of Two||£90|
|Rabies||Yes||Infected Animals||Rabies, Course of Three||£65|
Risk of Malaria in Bali
Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellant such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.
Yellow Fever Risk and Certification Requirements for Bali
Yellow Fever is a serious viral illness spread by mosquitoes in the tropical regions of Africa and South America. For further information, please see Yellow Fever Vaccination.
Under International Health Regulations (2005), travellers who have been to an Area affected by Yellow Fever, or who have travelled via an airport of a country affected, are required to present an International Certificate of Vaccination (ICVP) before they are allowed to enter Cambodia.
Additional Travel Health Risks for Bali
Blindingly white beaches with exotic names like Jungutbatu and Nusa Lembongan and palm-fringed Balangan beach, framed by the crystal aquamarine sea are just part of the picture. Add to this idyllic scene, Bali’s ornate temples which dot the island.
Start with a visit to Besakih, the more than 1000 year old Mother Temple, marvel at spectacular Tanah Lot temple, perched on a rock in the sea, and be refreshed by the healing waters of Pura Tirta Empul, dating back to 926 A.D. Pamper yourself with a Balinese massage, and be sure to spend some time exploring the beaches of south Bali, and the Bukit Peninsula.
Heat and Humidity
Take steps to avoid heatstroke and sunburn. In the dry season in Bali, from May to September, daytime temperatures range from 22 to 33, and when engaging in water sports or lounging at the beach, take care to use a good sun block lotion with SPF 20 or higher. Apply liberally and often. When on tour, remember to wear light clothing and bring lots of water with you.
Animal Bites expose you to a range of infections including Rabies. Street dogs, cats, bats and rodents are common throughout the cities and rural areas of Bali. If you get bitten or scratched you will need to get urgent medical attention.
Insect Bites expose travellers to many diseases in Bali including Dengue Fever, Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis. Take steps to avoid Insect Bites including wearing insect repellant such as DEET 50% and covering areas of exposed skin with long sleeves and trousers.
After a day at one of Bali’s exquisite beaches, snorkelling or tanning, and a tour of one of Bali’s ancient temples, or a revitalising yoga session, you can look forward to being dazzled by Balinese cuisine, like Babi Guling, roast suckling pig marinated for hours in spices, or nasi goreng, fried rice with vegetables and chicken or prawns. Try lunching at a local warung, which is like a café, where such dishes as sweet and sour pork, or curried chicken, and salad with spicy peanut dressing, are all displayed behind a glass screen.
Coconut is a staple in Balinese cooking, and is either grated or squeezed, and you will find ginger, lemongrass, chilli and lime flavouring most dishes. Scattered about Denpasar you will find roadside carts, called Kaki Lima that sell all sorts of snacks including fried chicken, duck egg omelettes and pancakes filled with palm sugar, but take care since many of these have low hygiene standards and at times use unwashed plates.
Avoid eating uncooked vegetables. Coconut milk, and fresh juices made with lime and watermelon are good ways to quench your thirst, and if it’s a cold beer you want, Bintang is the local brew. Bali produces some of its own wine, under the name Wine of the Gods, and imports Australian grape juice which is fermented to produce Two Islands wine.
It is best to ensure that your holiday in beautiful Bali is not ruined by tummy upset, or worse. Stay healthy and drink bottled mineral water which can be found anywhere you go. Remember to drink often and whether it be water or fruit juices, replenish fluids throughout the day.
Protect yourself, and your family, with comprehensive travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any potentially risky activities, such as surfing or diving.
Avoid travellers diarrhoea. Use alcohol gel, wash your hands regularly and monitor what you are putting in your mouth.
Aside from observing the normal precautions, visitors are very safe in Bali. When on tour, and in especially in urban areas, protect yourself against insect bites by using insecticide and wearing long sleeves and long trousers to cover exposed skin, since Malaria and Dengue fever are a concern in Bali.
Seeking Treatment Abroad
Should you require health care in Bali, you can choose from any one of 6 hospitals in Denpasar, with Sanglah hospital being the main public facility. There are excellent clinics across Bali, with advanced facilities and procedures, but it is important that you arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need, since cash payment is often required. Many of these facilities honour foreign travel insurance policies, so do check with the clinic beforehand.
In the Neighbourhood, Southeast Asia
If you are travelling further afield throughout Southeast Asia make sure you check out the vaccination injections that you need for every country that you are going to.