General Health Advisory

To make the travel easy and comfortable, proper planning is essential. Some important tips should be followed to keep you safe and healthy.

  • Before visiting any destination, gather information about the location or area such as climate, prevalent epidemic diseases or outbreak diseases.
  • Be aware about the risk of diseases in the countries you are planning to visit and consult your doctor about vaccination and medicines to be taken to prevent diseases.
  • Pregnant women should consult the doctor before planning a travel.
  • Always carry a list of medications if you have any, as well as a travel health kit.
  • You should keep a copy of the prescription, if you are taking any medicines.

To find out any information or to clear any doubt regarding the destination country, contact its embassy or consulate located in your country before travelling.

In case of any emergency in a foreign country, contact the Indian embassy or consulate situated there.

Health Regulations

(A) For entry into India:-

Any person, Foreigner or Indian, (excluding infants below six months) arriving by air or sea without a vaccination certificate of yellow fever will be kept in quarantine isolation for a period up to 6 days if : He arrives in India within 6 days of departure/transit from a yellow fever endemic area. Has come on a ship which has started from or transited at any port in a yellow fever endemic country within 30 days of its arrival in India provided such ship has not been disinfected in accordance with the procedure laid down by WHO.

(B) For leaving India:-

There is no health check requirement by Indian Government on passengers leaving India. Persons leaving for a yellow fever infected area are advised in their own interest to get themselves vaccinated and to be possession of valid yellow fever vaccination certificates before they leave the country. An administrative Arrangement for the health control of sea, air and land traffic exists between the Government of India and the Government of Bangladesh. It implies that ,if any aircraft or ship or land traffic from a third country arrives first at any airport or port or border check post in either of the agreement countries and then directly (without touching any other third country enroute) reaches the second country of the agreement, all health checks will be completed in the country of first arrival and the travellers will be exempted from any further health check on arrival in the second country.

(C) Persons exempted from production of vaccination certificate :

The under mentioned persons are exempted from production yellow fever vaccination certificate: Infants below the age of six months. Any person suffering from some chronic illness and has poor resistance and is thereby exempted from being vaccinated. Crew and passengers of an aircraft transiting through an airport located in yellow fever infected area provided the Health Officer is satisfied that such persons remained within the airport premises during the period of stay.

(D) Countries regarded as yellow fever infected

The following countries are regarded as yellow fever endemic : Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’ Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan,Togo, Uganda. South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad (Trinidad only), Venezuela, Panama, Paraguay, Peru. A Yellow fever vaccination certificate is valid only if it conforms to the model. The validity period of international certificate of vaccination or re-vaccination against yellow fever is 10 years, beginning 10 days after vaccination. Foreign nationals residing or who have passed through the Yellow fever endemic countries during the preceding six days, are granted visas only after the production of vaccination certificate of Yellow Fever. After checking the vaccination certificate an entry reads as “Valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate Checked” is made in the passport of the foreigner.


  1. Bureau of Immigration, India 
  2. National Health Portal, India
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