While there are no specific vaccination requirements for a trip to Bali, the first thing to do if you’re concerned about vaccinations is to visit a travel doctor or your GP at least 6 to 12 weeks before you head off on your trip.
Ideally, before you travel anywhere, you’ll want to make sure all your general vaccinations are up to date. This means checking your childhood vaccinations, because some of these may require boosters.
Vaccinations from childhood may include: tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella, and diphtheria. Importantly, your last tetanus diphtheria should not be older than 10 years.
Before deciding on what vaccinations you might need, your doctor will consider:
Please note: This checklist and information does not replace medical advice from your doctor. This is general information only.
Some vaccinations that people consider when they go to Bali:
Hepatitis B is also something you need to be prepared for, but this might have been included in your childhood inoculations.
Aside from the above, there are still other diseases that you need to be mindful of during your trip. While not all of these are covered by medical vaccinations, there are still some precautions you can take to make sure you’re minimising health risks.Rabies is common in Bali and is spread by animals throughout this tropical location. While it may be tempting to pat every puppy you see, it’s advisable to leave them alone. That’s because dogs are the most common carriers of rabies, with cats and monkeys being a close second.
The best precaution to avoid rabies is stay away from animals, or you may choose to get vaccinated when you visit a doctor.
Malaria is not a big risk in Bali or the touristy areas of Lombok, but there is a risk of contraction when you’re in the rural areas of Indonesia. BIMC Hospital Bali provides a detailed overview of malaria in Indonesia, and advises tourists to stay covered up and to use mosquito repellent, especially in more remote/less touristy places.
If you’re concerned about malaria before you head to Bali, you might want to talk to your doctor about anti-malaria tablets.
Dengue Fever is a virus and is transmitted by mosquitoes. People who contract dengue fever can start showing symptoms three to fourteen days after they get bitten. These symptoms include fever, headache, vomiting, muscle pain and a rash. Dengue fever is common in Bali, and there are more instances of the disease during the rainy season.
There's no prevention for dengue fever, so you might want to look in to tried and tested insect repellents with higher percentages of DEET. BIMC Hospital in Bali provides an excellent overview of Dengue Fever, which is recommended reading before you leave.
Check out 1Cover’s Full Guide to Vaccinations.
Generally, you need to get vaccinated 6-12 weeks before you leave for Bali. This gives your immune system enough time for any vaccinations to take effect and provide maximum protection during your stay in Bali.
Aside from your Bali vaccinations, there are some other essential tips and things you can bring to make your trip to Bali a little safer.
If you need more information on vaccinations for other countries, see our Comprehensive Guide to Travel Insurance and Vaccinations.