India Vaccinations and Travel Advice
Travelling to India will bring you to a lively and dynamic country that is full of surprises. Your senses will be stimulated by the noises, smells and colours which shape India’s identity. Do not be surprised if you encounter cows or elephants walking down the street! Whether you decide to visit the vibrant state of Rajasthan, take a cruise in Kerala, or sunbathe on a beach in Goa, you will be sure to enjoy yourself. In order to travel safely, vaccinations are required for your trip to India. The Summit Travel Health team is here to help you determine what vaccinations are required for travelling to India in 2020 and when to get them.
What vaccines do I need for India In 2020?
The Government Of Canada and CDC recommend the following vaccinations for travelling to India in 2020: Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis, Influenza, Measles, Mumps and Rubella
Recommended vaccines for India
Below are additional details on vaccinations required for travel to India as well as how common diseases are transmitted
|Traveller’s diarrhea||Contaminated water/food|
|Hepatitis B||Contaminated body fluids|
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
|MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella)||Various ways of transmission|
|Japanese Encephalitis||Mosquito bites|
When should I get my vaccines for India?
We recommend you visit one of our travel clinic clinics at least 6 weeks in advance of travelling to India. This will ensure you are up to date with all recommended vaccines for India as well as your routine vaccinations.
The Yellow fever vaccination is also required to visit India. You will need to have this done at a minimum of 10 days before you travel to ensure coverage. We also encourage all travelers to India to ensure all boosters are up to date and to plan ahead of time.
Our dedicated team of travel health professionals will review your current vaccination history as well as the vaccinations you require for travelling to India.
Medical Care in India
In the cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore, you will find medical centres providing care equal to Western standards. This list of services includes Apollo Hospitals, Woodlands Medical Center and Fortis Hospital. Well-equipped hospitals are not limited to these cities, however, as India offers many competent doctors. For instance, the Wellesley Medicenter in Kolkata is dedicated to travelers.
Most local pharmacies seem to be well supplied, yet it is always worth bringing a personal medical kit. For the use of private ambulance, you will have the choice between the emergency services of the Hinduja National Hospital (2445-2575), the Apollo Gleneagles Hospital (1066) or the Woodlands Medical Center.
However, for public emergency assistance, you will need to contact 102.
Is India Safe for Travel?
|Safety and Security||Descriptive|
|Jammu and Kashmir||AVOID ALL TRAVEL (high terrorist activity)|
|Demonstrations, large gatherings and unrest||Risk of violence|
|Insurgency||Frequent bombings from Maoist extremist groups|
|Women’s safety||Serious risk of assault, rape and sexual aggression against foreigners Dress conservatively|
|Trekking/mountaineering/hiking||Click the link below for precautions|
|Fraud||Stay wary of items such as jewels, carpets, or those offered by taxi drivers|
|Road safety||Poorly maintained roads and traffic congestion|
|Public transportation||Poorly maintained; Rail accidents are common|
|Maritime transportation||Poor safety practices; Marine accidents are common|
|Health||Zika virus and Dengue fever warning|
|Risk level||High degree of caution|
Do I Need a Visa to Visit India?
Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.
Both, a visa (or an e-Tourist Visa) and a passport are required to enter India. The passport must be valid 6 months beyond the date of entry.
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Embassy of Canada In India information
When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:
- A legal problem
- A lost passport
- The need to report a crime
It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.
Canadian High Commission to India (NEW DELHI)
7/8 Shantipath, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi 110 021, India
Tel.: +91 11 4178 2000
Fax: +91 11 4178 2023
Canadian Consulate to India (CHANDIGARH)
C413-C416, 4th Floor, Elante Office Complex, Plot No. 178-178A,
Industrial & Business Park, Phase 1, Chandigarh 160002, India
Tel.: +91 172 505 0300
Fax: +91 172 505 0323
Canadian Consulate to India (NEW DELHI)
Duncan House, 31 Netaji Subhas Road,
Kolkata 700 001, India
Tel.: +91 33 2242 6820
Fax: +91 33 2242 6828
Canadian Consulate to India (MUMBAI)
Indiabulls Financial Centre, Tower 2, 21st Floor, Senapati Bapat Marg,
Elphinstone Road West, Mumbai 400 013, India
Tel.: +91 22 6749 4444
Fax: +91 22 6749 4454