Top Travel Destinations of 2019


Each year, Tropical Medical Bureau sees an average of 25,000 patients, all of whom benefit from the expertise of our highly experienced clinic staff.
And, with the end of 2019 drawing near, we have put together a list of the most popular destinations of the year.

Known for its stunning beaches, amazing street food and fascinating culture, it comes as no surprise that Thailand was the most travelled to destination by TMB patients in 2019, with Vietnam coming in second place and India in third (read on below for the full list)?


Thailand was the of the most popular destinations this year for travellers, with no surprise! It has become known for its white sandy beaches, endless variety of street food and amazing culture to name but a few of it’s charms.  

Though there are no compulsory vaccines required for entry into the country when travelling from Ireland; if your passport shows that you have travelled via a yellow fever endemic country then the immigration authorities in Thailand will usually check to see that you have received adequate vaccination cover against that disease. There are also a number of recommended vaccines for travelling to Thailand, so make sure you book a consult at any TMB clinic to find out how at risk you’ll be to the diseases present in Thailand.

Find out the recommended vaccines for Thailand here.



Vietnam is one of the top countries to visit for the ‘foodies’ among us! You can enjoy the endless array of classic Vietnamese dishes such as pho bo, gỏi cuốn and bahn mi. Stunning landscapes, adventure sports, history & inviting culture make Vietnam one of your top spots again.

There are no compulsory vaccinations for Vietnam required by law for travellers from Western Europe but certain vaccinations are strongly recommended. 

Find out the recommended vaccines for Vietnam here.


With over 17,000 gorgeous islands to explore, it’s no surprise that Indonesia has made the top 5 of 2019. This country is home to incredible landscapes and breath taking beaches. The most popular Indonesian city with TMB travellers in 2019 was Bali, but Indonesia without a doubt has many more delightful stop offs to add to your travel wish list.  

The general recommend vaccinations for Indonesia for the standard Tourist include cover against Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Poliomyelitis. Travellers planning a more rural or extensive trip may need to consider taking cover against diseases like Hepatitis B, Japanese B Encephalitis, Rabies. 

Find out the recommended vaccines for Indonesia here.

South Africa

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South Africa has recently become very popular amongst Irish travellers. If we’re not enjoying the white sandy beaches of Cape Town, we’re experiencing the wonder of the Garden Route drive or looking out for the big 5 on safari.

There are no compulsory vaccinations for South Africa required for travellers from Western Europe to gain entry. However, a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate could be required for travellers coming from some endemic zones in Africa and the Americas.

Find out the recommended vaccines for South Africa here.


Brazil is the largest country in South America and certainly the most popular amongst Irish Travellers in 2019. With its stunning beaches and vibrant nightlife it is definitely the ideal destination for travellers of all ages.

The Brazilian Embassy advises all travellers to Brazil to have vaccination cover against Yellow Fever but it is wise to also strongly consider some other vaccines. 

Find out the recommended vaccines for Brazil here.

That’s your top 5 for 2019 – where are you off to next year?!

Wherever you’re planning adventures for in 2020, visit our website or your local TMB clinic to book a travel health consult to get you ready for all the health risks.

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