Travel Vaccinations for Sri Lanka

The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to Sri Lanka

Recommended Vaccinations for Sri Lanka at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Cholera, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Rabies

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Vaccination Major Risk Factors Course Price
MMR Person-to-Person Course of Two £60
DTaP Person-to-Person Single Dose £50
Typhoid Person-to-Person Single Dose £65
Hepatitis A Person-to-Person Single Dose £86
Cholera Person-to-Person Course of Two £47.50
Hepatitis B Person-to-Person Course of Three £66
Japanese Encephalitis Person-to-Person Course of Two £151
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intramuscular £66

Travel around Sri Lanka on a three wheeled tri-shaw or tuk-tuk and see the sights or travel on the countries extensive railways system. Pay a visit to the botanical gardens or one of the many tea estates. If something more serene is your style then why not try some whale and dolphin watching at Mirissa or Kalpatiya. Alternatively, just sit back, grab a cool beverage and watch the crowds go by.

There is No Risk of Yellow Fever in Sri Lanka

Keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) before travelling.

Advice for Travellers to all Destinations

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.

All Travellers

All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Most Travellers

Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.

Some Travellers

Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.

Risk of Malaria in Sri Lanka

Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.

The Risk of Malaria in Sri Lanka India varies across the country. There is a Low Risk in the region north of Vavuniya and a Very Low to No Risk across all other areas of the country. There is No Risk of Malaria in Colombo or Kandy.

Malaria Prevention

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 Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.

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Further Travel Health Advice for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is tropical so come prepared to avoid sunburn and heatstroke. There are also monsoons here, depending on when you travel. This is an island so the weather can change quite dramatically. Check the weather for the period you are travelling, as you will need to pack adequately and take reasonable precautions.

Insect Bites expose travellers to many diseases including Dengue Fever, Malaria and Japanese Encephalitis. Take steps to avoid Insect Bites including wearing insect repellent such as DEET 50% and covering areas of exposed skin with long sleeves and trousers.

Sri Lankan cuisine is quite similar to South Indian cuisine so sit back, order and enjoy. Food is inexpensive with rice and curry in abundance. You might want to go easy for the first few days if you have a delicate tummy. Try eating your meal the Sri Lankan way – with the tips of the fingers of your right hand.

Drinking water
Tap water is not considered safe so stick to the bottled stuff that is inexpensive and readily available. Don’t forget to also be mindful of foods washed in water and of ice cubes.

Be sensible when travelling through Sri Lanka. Violent crime against tourist have been known to happen, especially against female tourists so be aware of your surroundings and try to travel in a group, especially at night. Some areas, due to past conflicts still contain land mines – so please check.

Make sure you have adequate and comprehensive travel and health insurance in place that will cover the full range of activities you plan to undertake while you are in Sri Lanka.

Travellers to Sri Lanka are at risk of Travellers Diarrhoea. Try to wash your hands regularly and monitor the food that you are eating and practise good personal hygiene.