Typhoid is present in Vanuatu and vaccination
is recommended. Cases of poliomyelitis have not been reported in
A low to moderate risk of malaria, mainly in the
malignant falciparum form, exists throughout the year everywhere.
The strain is reported to be resistant to chloroquine and sulfadoxine
- pyrimethamine. The vivax strain is, in occasional cases, resistant
to chloroquine. The advised prophylaxis is chloroquine plus proguanil.
Food and Drink
Mains water is generally chlorinated and, whilst
relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water
is available and is recommended for the first few weeks of the stay.
Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe
for consumption. Local meat, seafood, poultry,
fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.
There are hospitals in Aoba, Espiritu, Epi, Malekula,
Port-Vila, Santo and Tanna as well as smaller clinics and medical
dispensaries on the smaller islands. Health insurance is recommended.
A, dengue fever and typhoid
fever exist throughout the islands of Vanuatu. Hepatitis
B is widespread.
and sea snakes can be dangerous to bathers.
is also present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival
is recommended. If you are bitten, please seek medical advice without