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  Precautions Certificate Required
Yellow Fever No 1
Cholera Yes 2
Typhoid and Polio 3 N/A
Malaria 4 N/A

1) A yellow fever vaccination certificate is needed from travellers over 1 year of age arriving within 6 days from infected areas.

2) Following World Health Organization guidelines issued in 1973, a cholera vaccination certificate is not a condition of entry to Sri Lanka. Cholera is a serious risk and precautions are essential. Medical advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions should include vaccination as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness. See the Health appendix.

3) Typhoid is present in rural areas.

4) Malaria risk, in the benign vivax form, exists throughout the year in the districts of Amparai, Anuradhapura, Badulla, Batticaloa, Hambantota, Jaffna, Kandy, Kegalle, Kurunegala, Mannar, Matale, Matara, Moneragala, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Ratnapura, Trincomalee and Vavuniya. The malignant falciparum strain is present and is highly resistant to chloroquine.

All water should be regarded as being contaminated. Water used for drinking or making ice should be boiled or otherwise sterilized. Milk is not pasteurized and should also be boiled. Tinned or powdered is available but make sure that it is reconstituted with purified water. Avoid dairy products that are made from un boiled milk. Eat well cooked meat and fish that is served hot. Salad, pork, and mayonnaise carry increased risk. Vegetables should be cooked and fruits peeled.

Additional risks

Hepatitis A, C and E is present and hepatitis B is hyper-endemic.

Dengue fever occurs.

Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay. For more information, consult the Health appendix.

Health care

Treatment is free at government dispensaries and hospitals; 24-hour treatment is available at Colombo General Hospital. Some hotels also have doctors on call.

Useful travel links
Health info-SriLanka information on health in Sri Lanka
Ministry of Health Sri Lanka’s ministry of health web site
No jet lag all about jet lag. What is it who gets it
WHO the official site of the World Health Organization