Vaccinations for Sri Lanka

There are no compulsory vaccinations for Sri Lanka required by law for travellers from Western Europe to gain entry. However vaccinations for all travellers to Sri Lanka are strongley recommended.

For most short-term travellers the usual recommended vaccinations for Sri Lanka include cover against the childhood diseases (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps and Rubella) as well as cover against the food and water borne diseases of Typhoid and Hepatitis A. For those trekking in the Sri Lankan countryside or staying for longer periods then cover against Hepatitis B and Rabies should be considered.

Standard tourists should have their initial consultation for vaccinations for Sri Lanka at least 4 – 6 weeks in advance of departure. Those planning a more extensive trip or undertaking adventure sports should consider attending a consultation earlier.

Many tourists to Sri Lanka will stay within the south-western corner of the country or travel inland to Kandy. The incidence of foreign tourists developing Malaria after their time in Sri Lanka is very small. A decision on the requirement for Malaria Prophylaxis will need to be weighed against time of the year, locations to be visited and duration of the trip.

Sri Lanka is situated like a teardrop off the south-eastern tip of India close to the equator. The climate is fairly steady throughout the year with temperatures generally above 20c and a moderately high humidity throughout the year – especially along the coastal resorts. Most rainfall tends to fall during April, May and June and again during October and November. It will be important to ensure that the correct clothing is brought to cope with the climatic conditions.

Please note that each traveller will require a specialised consultation and this information only contains basic guidelines.

Vaccination List Required/ Recommended All Travellers Trekking Rural
Yellow Fever
Tetanus Tetanus
Diphtheria
Hepatitis A Hepatitis A
Typhoid Typhoid
Hepatitis B Hepatitis B
Rabies Rabies
Meningococcal Meningitis
Poliomyelitis Poliomyelitis
Cholera
Tuberculosis Tuberculosis
Tick Borne Encephalitis
Japanese B Encephalitis Japanese B Encephalitis
Malaria W.H.O. report malaria transmission in this country in certain areas. Please consult your Doctor or Travel Clinic.

Country Profile

Find out more about the health risks you should be aware of when travelling in Sri Lanka by reading the DFA Sri Lanka country information page
or the WHO Sri Lanka country information page.