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Vaccinations for Indonesia

Travel vaccinations

for Indonesia

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Indonesia is a wonderful collection of around 17,000 tropical islands. Bali, Indonesia, is the main hot spot for travellers and the vaccines needed for Indonesia will really depend on what you do and where you go. The vaccines for Bali may be different to the rest of Indonesia but we can help you navigate through the maze of information. At Health Klinix, we will undertake a careful risk assessment of your journey and your personal circumstances and based on this we’ll offer tailored advice on the vaccines needed for Indonesia. Indonesia lies in the tropics and therefore as well as your usual childhood immunisations such as tetanus, MMR and diphtheria you may well require further specialist vaccinations. The injections needed for Indonesia can vary depending on your risk exposure. For example, if you are backpacking through remote areas for prolonged periods you may require rabies vaccination. On the other hand, if you are staying in rural areas near rice paddies where there are pigs and wading birds then you might be at risk of Japanese encephalitis. So as you can see, the Indonesia vaccine requirements really depend on what you do and for how long you stay. We know this can be confusing, so to help you we have created a useful guide to give you an indication of the vaccines needed for Indonesia in the table below:

What travel vaccinations do I need for Indonesia?

  • Do remember, the travel vaccinations you’ll need for Indoneisa will depend on: 

    • which areas you will be visiting 

    • the time of the year

    • what kind of activities you will be participating in

    • your age and general health

    • and on your individual risk assessment

Dr Ravi Gowda

Dr Ravi Gowda, Consultant in Infectious Diseases or one of his highly trained clinical colleagues will be looking after your vaccine requirements. Find out more about the Health Klinix team.

Who will be providing your travel injections for Indoneisa?

"Make sure to be aware of non-vaccine preventable risks. One example of this is Cyclospora infection. You can get infected with this parasite by eating fruits and salad products that have been in contact with contaminated water and soil.

To prevent food and water borne infections, you should avoid fruit and vegetables that have not been washed in clean water. This even applies in five-star hotels and resorts. Take a look at the Fit For Travel resource on food and water precautions for more information."

Dr Gowda's top tip for travel to Indonesia

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  • This will vary depending on the vaccinations you have. For example, a primary course of Japanese encephalitis will last 2 years whereas typhoid is 3 years.

    Please note: you will need to book a travel consultation before we can administer travel vaccinations and this costs £30 (1 person)

  • Ideally 4 - 6 weeks but it’s still worth having vaccinations last minute.

  • Most vaccinations for Indonesia are safe, well tolerated and effective. For specific details you can find more information on our individual disease pages.

  • There’s a risk of Zika virus infection in Indonesia that can harm your baby. For this reason, we’d advise you not to travel if you’re pregnant.

  • Yes, most vaccines can be administered to children although some will need to have their doses reduced.

  • Yes, you can. A vaccination for vaccine preventable diseases is even more important for those with underlying medical problems as they can potentially have a more severe disease without vaccination.

  • You’re  generally at low risk of malaria in Indonesia, particularly in common tourist Islands such as Bali. Elsewhere there is also a low risk of malaria and again you would not usually require malaria tablets.  However, in some circumstances we may recommend malaria tablets, examples include prolonged stay in rural areas, the elderly, those with weakened immune systems or multiple medical problems. 


    There is a high risk of malaria in West Papua (formerly known as Irian Jaya) and so malaria tablets are recommended for this region. If you are still not sure about malaria tablets please don't worry as we can offer expert guidance during your consultation.  For specialist travel health advice call Health Klinix.

    Recommended malaria tablets for Indonesia

    As in some cases you might need malaria tablets for a trip to Indonesia, so we’ve created a helpful table to example the difference between malaria tablets as prevention

    Although you may not need malaria tablets in Indonesia,  it’s still important that you are aware of the risk of malaria and make sure you avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent and sleeping under mosquito nets.

    Malaria Risk Map for Indonesia

    Malaria risk map for Indonesia and ACMP

  • Thankfully you’re not at risk of yellow fever in Indonesia, as transmission occurs in only two continents; ie Central and South America, and parts of Africa. Take a look at these yellow fever risk areas for more details. 

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Indonesia is a vast and diverse archipelago of islands straddling the equator. Its jewel in the crown is Bali, home to ancient temples, smouldering volcanoes and lush paddy fields. The Indonesian people’s hospitality is unrivalled and wherever you go you are welcomed with a warm smile and polite enquiries of your journey. The fauna is also varied; the Orang Utan ‘man of the forest' and the Sumatran tiger live in the Northern island of Sumatra while the famous Komodo Dragons are isolated in the more distant, small islands of Komodo and Rinca in the East. Whatever you do, it is important that you travel safely and so we recommend you contact us for advice on vaccines.

All about Indonesia
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Additional health advice and risks for Indonesia

You may also be at risk of the following diseases:

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Although there’s no risk of yellow fever in Indonesia, there may still be a vaccine certificate requirement in order for you to travel to the country.

Indonesia vaccine certificate requirements


Dr Ravi Gowda, Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine


Caitlin Lancaster, BSc


  1. NHS travel vaccination website 

  2. Advisory Committee on Malaria Prophylaxis guidelines

  3. Yellow fever Centers for Disease Control

  4. Fit For Travel resource on food and water precautions

  5. Cyclospora infection

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