Vanuatu
Travel clinic Vanautu
Travel health and vaccine advice for Vanautu

Composed of numerous small volcanic islands spread out across the South Pacific Ocean, Vanuatu definitely has an island for every visitor. Its balmy climate, pleasant resorts and gourmet restaurants are perfect for a relaxing lazy beach stay. While its spectacular active volcanoes, stunning waterfalls, lush forests, deserted paradise islets, luxury-wreck diving, incredibly rich marine life, fascinating traditional villages where ancient traditions are still alive, and captivating cultural ceremonies will perfectly suit curious travelers looking for something more adventurous. And with local people among the happiest on the planet, you can only leave Vanuatu with a big smile which will remain on your face for a long time…

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

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.

VANUATU – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

Hepatitis A Recommended for all travelers.
Hepatitis B 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.
Measles – Rubella – Mumps Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats. 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.
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
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”
Malaria Malaria is present in this country. The risk may be region specific. Prophylaxis measures to be discussed with the health care professional.
Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and/or Zika There are many illnesses that are transmitted via mosquito bites and unfortunately we do not have vaccines to protect us against most of them. It is important to inquire with your healthcare professional regarding the specific risks and the different illnesses presently in circulation.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Antimalarials Recommended Malarone, Doxycycline or Mefloquine
Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Azithromycin or Suprax

MEDICAL CARES

Access to medical care is limited in Vanuatu. If your require medical assistance in the archipelago, go to the Northern District Hospital in Luganville or to the Central Hospital in Port Vila. These medical facilities are relatively well equipped and offer adequate basic care. But in the event of serious medical complications, an immediate air evacuation to Australia, New Zealand or to your country of origin is indispensable. 

In case of emergency in Vanuatu, call ProMedical at 678 25 566. They will provide you an ambulance. 

Pharmacies are found in urban areas in Vanuatu. But they are usually badly supplied. Outside of cities, it is almost impossible to access medicines. It is strongly advised that you bring your own basic drugs and potential specific treatments.

SECURITY ABROAD

Violent crime in Vanuatu is rare, but petty crime occurs. Ensure that your personal belongings, including passports and other travel documents are secure at all times.

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Emergency services

‘In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 111 / 22222
  • medical assistance: 112 / 115 / 25566
  • firefighters: 113 / 22333