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India Vaccination Requirements
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Ra'eesah Manack
4 min read
Updated on Jun 25, 2024

India is a beautiful country, and if you want to enjoy everything this unique country offers, it's essential to know about India's vaccination requirements.

Getting all the necessary vaccines and documents is just part of planning your trip so you can enjoy your experience to the fullest.

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Which vaccines are required to visit India?

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is mandatory for travelers coming from countries with a high risk of yellow fever transmission.

If you're traveling (if even you're not a citizen) from any of the countries below, you must present a yellow fever vaccination certificate upon arrival in India:

  • Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Togo, and Uganda.

  • Americas: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

While specific vaccine requirements can vary and are subject to change based on current health advisories, commonly recommended vaccines for travelers to India may include:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Cholera
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Polio

This is not health advice. Check the full list of recommended vaccinations for India at your local general practitioner.

India COVID-19 requirements

It's no longer necessary for travelers to have a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test result to visit India.

What are the requirements for my COVID-19 vaccination certificate?

It is not mandatory to be fully vaccinated to travel to India, but it is highly recommended for international travel.

It's also no longer mandatory to fill out the Self Declaration Form for India. This health form was a requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What other documents do I need for my trip to India?

Some nationalities require a visa. The India Tourist eVisa can be processed online through iVisa.

To get your Indian visa, all you require is to fill out an application form, upload some documents, and pay the fee. We recommend using our visa checker tool to confirm if you require an Indian visa.

Get your India Tourist eVisa

Tips to stay healthy in India

We're here to guide you through some essential tips to stay healthy while exploring the vibrant cities, tranquil countryside, and everything in between in India.

How to prevent Delhi belly (traveler’s diarrhea)

This widespread illness affects up to 70% of travelers who visit India.

The causes can differ from traveler to traveler, from viral or bacterial infections to gastrointestinal intolerances or foreign cuisine. To prevent Delhi Belly, here are a few tips:

  • Wash your hands regularly - It might sound obvious, but we touch many things when we travel and then touch our faces and mouths, and that’s the perfect way for bacteria and viruses to enter our bodies. Especially in India, where it’s customary to eat with your hands, there’s an increased risk of eating contaminated food.

  • Watch what you eat and drink - If possible, drink bottled water and beverages. Do not drink anything with ice. Use your judgment when selecting a place to eat to avoid contaminated food. Avoid street food, and always be careful when choosing a restaurant.

  • Be prepared - If all fails, you need to be ready to face it. If possible, bring your own medicine to treat symptoms of stomach issues.

Tips to avoid mosquito-borne illnesses in India

Malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and Japanese encephalitis are all transmitted via mosquito bites, so you’ll need to take some precautions to avoid them as much as possible.

The first thing you need to do is get a good insect repellent. Apply it every day before you leave your hotel and reapply regularly during the day, especially if you’re visiting rural areas or the riverside.

Mosquitos are most active in the early hours of the morning and at sundown, so you’ll need to be extra careful during these times of day.

Also, bring pants and long-sleeve shirts made of linen and cotton. They will protect you from mosquito bites, damaging sun rays, and heat.

Need more info about traveling to India?

If you have questions about travel documents for India, such as visas, let us know via online chat or WhatsApp. We're here to make your travel planning as smooth as possible!

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Ra'eesah Manack
iVisa Travel Journalist
Meet Ra'eesah, our globe-trotting aficionado who calls both Botswana and South Africa her home. With a passion for everything travel, Ra'eesah finds joy in exploring new places and embracing diverse cultures. Join her as she shares her journey and insights, one exciting destination at a time.
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