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Yellow Fever No No
Cholera No No
Typhoid and Polio 1 N/A
Malaria 2 N/A

Outbreaks of typhoid could occur in rural areas.


Potential malaria risk (exclusively in the benign vivax form) exists from May to the end of October in the Çukorova/Amikova areas and in southeast Adana, Anatolia and Antalya (Side). There is no malaria threat in the main tourist areas in the west and southwest of the country.

Food and Drink

Mains water is generally chlorinated in larger towns and cities, but should not be assumed to have been so treated: if used for drinking or making ice it should first be boiled or otherwise sterilised. If a water source bears the words “içilmez”, it means that it is not meant for drinking; sources labelled içilir, içme suyu or içilebilir are safe to drink. Bottled spring water is far and wide available. Milk is pasteurised. Eat only well-cooked meat and fish, if possible served hot.

Other risks

Hepatitis A, B and C are present.

Cutaneous and visceral leishmaniasis, meningitis and TB occur.

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, see the Health appendix.

Health Care

Turkey has a large health sector. Many Turkish doctors and dentists speak a foreign language, particularly at major hospitals. Private health insurance is suggested; make sure that it covers Asiatic as well as European Turkey.
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