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Yellow Fever No No
Cholera No No
Typhoid and Polio A Not applicable
Malaria B Not applicable

Typhoid is present in Vanuatu and vaccination is recommended. Cases of poliomyelitis have not been reported in recent years.


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.

Health care

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.

Other risks

Hepatitis A, dengue fever and typhoid fever exist throughout the islands of Vanuatu. Hepatitis B is widespread.

Poisonous fish and sea snakes can be dangerous to bathers.

Rabies is also present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival is recommended. If you are bitten, please seek medical advice without delay.
Useful travel links
CDC Official site of the US Centers for Disease Control
MASTA The Medical Advisory Services for Travellers
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SOS International SOS
WHO The official site of the World Health Organization