Nepal is the dream destination of every mountain lover. Lying on the stunning Great Himalayan mountain range, Nepal hosts the spectacular Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth, and offers the most mythical treks on the planet. Magnificent medieval cities like Kathmandu or Bhaktapur give the visitor a glimpse into the fascinating Nepalese culture, peopled by intriguing Hindu divinities, yetis, demons and ghosts. If soaring snowy mountains are what people have in mind when thinking about Nepal, the country also has green hilly landscapes and mighty jungles home to rhinoceroses and tigers. Nepal hides countless treasures and a trip to the country is clearly the experience of a lifetime.
We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.
For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.
NEPAL – RECOMMENDED VACCINES
|The Yellow Fever Vaccine||A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required upon entry in to this country.
Some travellers may not be eligible to receive this vaccine. Please enquire with your health care professional regarding your specific details.
It is important to note that the vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to your departure.
For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website:
|Hepatitis A||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Hepatitis B||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever||Recommended for all travelers.|
|Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine||Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough): 1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.|
|Polio||One-time booster recommended for any adult traveler who completed the childhood series but never had polio vaccine as an adult (after 18 years old only).|
|Measles – Rubella – Mumps||Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.|
|Cholera||For humanitarian workers and health care providers.|
|Information, Advice & Vaccination – Japanese Encephalitis||Recommended for travelers who may visit rural regions and farms, especially those traveling for a month or more, recommended for those spending a lot of time outdoors, such as camping, hiking, bicycling or working in the field, especially after dusk. The risk of japanese is particularly elevated during monsoon season. The period of Monsoon season varies based on the areas visited. Important to note, that vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis is administered in 2 doses with a minimum time delay between doses.|
|Flu – Influenza||Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.|
|Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella)||Recommended for all travelers|
|Dengue Fever||Presence. All travellers should protect themselves from mosquito bites.|
|Lyme disease||Presence. All travellers should protect themselves against tick bites.|
|Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies||For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.|
|Turista – Traveler’s Diarrhea (ETEC)||Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.|
|Malaria||Malaria is present in this country. The risk may be region specific. Prophylaxis measures to be discussed with the health care professional.|
|Antimalarials Recommended||Malarone, Doxycycline or Mefloquine|
|Acetazolamide/Dexaméthasone||Recommended to prevent Acute mountain sickness (AMS) – Mt Everest: base camp #1 6,000m, Camp #2 6,400m, Camp #3 7,200m, Camp #4 7,950m and Summit 8,848m|
|Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea||Azithromycin or Suprax|
If you need medical assistance while traveling in Nepal, you can go to the CIWEC Clinic or to the Nepal International Clinic, both located in Kathmandu, the capital city. If you are in Patan, you can turn to the Patan Private Clinic, which is affiliated to the local Hospital. In all these medical establishments, health care is of good quality and doctors are competent. But in the event of serious sickness or injury, it is safer to be evacuated to another country with better medical facilities.
In case of emergency in Nepal, you can reach the Red Cross at 42128094.
Basic medicines are easily accessible in the pharmacies located in the main cities. But it is always safer to bring your own first aid kit and medical supplies, especially if you intend to travel in remote areas.
In case of emergency, dial:
- police: 100
- tourist police: + 977 1 424 7041
- medical assistance: 102
- firefighters: 101
- Tourist Police in Kathmandu: 1144 (hotline)
- Tourist Police in Pokhara: +977 61 462761
- Thamel Tourism Development Council: +977 1 4700750
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