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Yellow Fever No No
Cholera No No
Typhoid and Polio No N/A
Malaria No N/A
 
Other risks

Tick-borne encephalitis is present in the forested areas of southern Germany. Vaccination is advisable. HIV testing is required for foreigners staying more than 180 days in Bavaria. Foreign tests are not accepted.

Rabies is present, look out for ‘Tollwut’ signs. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice immediately.

Health care

There is a reciprocal health agreement with the UK. On presentation of the form E111 and obtainable from post offices throughout the UK. UK citizens are entitled to free medical and dental treatment. Prescribed medicines may, in some cases, have to be paid for. The cost of treatment in public hospitals (on referral from a doctor, unless in emergencies) is covered by public health authorities, except for a small daily charge from the start of hospital treatment up to a maximum of 14 days.

Private insurance is recommended for specialist medical treatment outside the German National Health Service, which can be very expensive. Surgery hours are generally 1000-1200 hrs and 1600-1800 hrs (not Wednesday afternoon, Saturday or Sunday).

The emergency telephone number is 112, additionally, there is an emergency call-out service out of surgery hours (1800-0700 hrs).

Chemists are open Monday-Friday 0900-1800 hrs, Saturday 0900-1200 hrs. All chemists give alternative addresses of services available outside the normal opening hours.

There are 350 officially recognised medical spas and watering places with modern equipment providing therapeutic treatment and recreational facilities for visitors seeking rest and relaxation. A list of the spas and health resorts and various treatments can be obtained from the German National Tourist Office, or directly from Deutscher Heilbäderverband e.V. (German Spas Association), Schumannstrasse 111, 53113 Bonn (telephone number: (228) 201 200, fax number: (228) 201 2041, e-mail: info@dhv-bonn.de, website: www.deutscher-heilbaederverband.de).
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CDC official site of the US Centers for Disease Control
MASTA the Medical Advisory Services for Travellers
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WHO the official site of the World Health Organization