People who are travelling outside the UK may need to be vaccinated against some of the serious diseases that are found in other parts of the world.

To find out if you require vaccination/medication for your destination, please visit Fit for Travel website. Fit for Travel will allow you to select your destination and then view the requirements for the destination. If vaccination/medication is required, please then visit NHSGGC Overseas Travel Vaccinations website to arrange vaccination.

Four travel vaccines are provided by the NHS. These are Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus (DPT), Typhoid, Cholera and Hepatitis A. Other vaccines will incur a charge.

COVID-19 vaccination status

Your GP cannot provide letters showing your coronavirus vaccination status. If you require confirmation of your vaccination status for travel, you can obtain a record via nhsinform website

Keeping safe abroad

Blood-borne infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are more common in many parts of the world than in the UK. Some countries do not have the same standards of medical and dental hygiene that we have here. Tattooing and body piercing studios abroad may also not operate to the same hygiene standards as in this country.

Unprotected sex

If you have sex with someone other than your usual partner, always use a condom. Condoms, used properly, protect against HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and other sexually transmitted infections.

It is a good idea to take a supply of condoms with you when you travel, if you think you may need them. Those bought in the UK should have the British Standard Kite mark or the European Standard CE mark.

Medical or Dental Treatment

If you do need medical or dental treatment while you are abroad:

  • Make sure that any medical equipment is sterilised or is taken from a sealed pack.
  • Only have medical treatment if it is essential – Doctors and Dentists in some countries may give injections or blood transfusions when they are not really needed. So make sure that a transfusion or injection is absolutely essential if offered.
  • If you need a blood transfusion, ask for screened blood.
  • Make sure that your travelling companions have read this page or are, at least, aware of your wishes.