Vaccines & international travel

Forward planning and careful precautions can reduce the risks of health problems during your travel.

  • Before travel, check with your doctor if any vaccinations are required for the areas you are travelling to. Try to do this 6 to 8 weeks before you leave, since some vaccination schedules need to be completed over a few weeks.
  • Also, you should ensure that all your routine immunisations are up-to-date (such as tetanus, measles, and polio vaccinations).

Apart from the vaccines available in New Zealand, other unusual vaccines that may be required during travel include:

  • yellow fever vaccine
  • rabies vaccine
  • cholera vaccine
  • typhoid vaccine.

Immunisation requirements for travellers change from time to time. The following links provide advice for travel to different parts of the world:


  1. Travel consultation essentials: for departures and arrivals BPAC December 2015.
  2. International travel New Zealand Formulary, October 2016.