Medical Travel – Precautions to Take

There are fewer health regulations in India that apply to foreign tourists. These regulations are more of the nature of prevention than anything else.

* WHO Website for International Travelers.


Yellow fever

Any person (including infants) arriving by air or in a cabin without a certificate may be held isolated for a period of up to 6 days if he arrives within six days of departure from an infected area or is in such a transit area or has come from an aircraft in contaminated area and has not been disinfected in accordance with Indian Aircraft Rules or WHO recommended. Several Central and South American countries and Africa are considered to be infected, request information from the Indian Mission concerned for an up-to-date list. When a case of yellow fever is reported by any country, that country is considered by the Government of India to be infected with yellow fever and is added to the list above.


Malaria risk exists throughout the year throughout the country, with the exception of parts of the states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Sikkim. No certificate is required, but it is recommended to use anticoagulant pills for all travelers in India.

Protect yourself from insects by staying in well-lit areas, using repellents (applied sparingly at 4-hour intervals) and wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants from dusk to dawn.


Travelers traveling to countries imposing restrictions on arrivals from India or from an infected area in India due to cholera must have a certificate. In any case, cholera vaccination is recommended.

General tips

* Drink only bottled or boiled water, or carbonated drinks in boxes or bottles. Avoid tap water, watering and ice cubes. If this is not possible, make the water safer by filtering through an "absolute 1 micron or less" filter AND by adding iodine tablets to the filtered water. "Absolute 1-Meter Filter Filters" are available at camping / outdoor boutiques.

* Buy bottled water from admirable sockets to protect against stomach. Some of the most popular brands are Bisleri, Kinley, Aqua Fina, Himalaya etc. Make sure the bottle seal is intact.

* Watch out for spicy dishes, especially at the beginning of your tour. Avoid eating on the street benches. Eat non-roasted fruits and avoid fresh salads, especially in small hotels. If you are forced to eat in a place where you are in doubt, make sure the food is served warm.

* Always use an insect repellent if you are in a mosquito-prone area. But remember, not every place that is infected by mosquitoes and low temperatures in winters (when most tourists come to India) kills most bugs in the northern plains and hills.

* If you are traveling in hot heat, remember to drink plenty of water, use hats, sunglasses and UV lotions. Don't go outside in the middle of the day.

* In every small town and village there are pharmacies or pharmacists and you can buy medicines. If you need to see a doctor for a specific condition, seek help from your hotel (most have doctors) or your travel agent. The cost of visiting a doctor is quite low (less than a dollar) compared to western countries.

Health Kit

In India, most modern medicines are available over the counter at pharmacies, but it is reasonable to travel with a reserve. If prescription drugs are needed, bring enough for the duration of the trip. It is recommended that you carry a small health kit which should include treatment for stomach disorders, some antiseptic cream, mosquito repellent cream, radan lotion / etc.

Caution: This document is not a comprehensive medical guide for travelers in the area. Consult your doctor for specific information about your needs and your medical history. recommendations may be different for pregnant women, young children and people with chronic medical conditions.

This article is presented to you by the Medical Tourism of India website, which is a provider of medical tourists coming to India.