The Asian continent is an increasingly attractive destination for travelers. However, if you plan to go to Asia, it is important that you inform yourself about the recommended vaccines for each destination, as well as the necessary documents to enter, since these vary in each country.
Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.
Vaccinations to travel to Asia
The sanitary requirements that are demanded depend on the zone that is visited. On the one hand, the basic vaccination for any trip is tetanus-diphtheria, triple viral and hepatitis A.
On the other hand, in Southeast Asia, as in India, there is no yellow fever, so this vaccine is not mandatory, unless you come from a country where this disease is endemic, for example Brazil.
The countries that are part of Southeast Asia and that, therefore, you should take into account for the following recommendations, are the following:
- East Timor
There is a notable risk of malaria, especially in rural and jungle areas. There are pill treatments that must be administered before, during and after the trip. However, they can cause some side effects.
A recommended vaccine is typhoid fever, especially if you are going to visit a rural area. As for Japanese encephalitis, it is more common in tropical regions during the rainy seasons and also has its own vaccine.
To visit North and Central Asia (Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, etc.), no vaccination is required. The same is true in the Maldives Islands, where there are no prominent risks in terms of disease transmission.
In South Asia, specifically in India, the risk of contracting dengue it can be high. There is no vaccine for this disease, so precautions against mosquito bites should be taken. For some areas it is advisable to take a treatment against malaria. There is also some risk of Japanese encephalitis.
In East Asia there is no requirement, except in China, where travelers from a yellow fever endemic country must be vaccinated. In Japan there is no risk of any disorder.
In the case of West Asia, it depends on each country. For example, to go to Israel no vaccination is required. In general, caution is also maintained with visitors arriving from a country with yellow fever.
There is no health card available to travel to Asia. Therefore, it is important to take out travel medical insurance that covers the possible health services that we may need.
It is also advisable to carry a kit with some basic products, such as mosquito repellent, oral serum to treat stomach problems, and Amoxicillin for infections.
The latter is an antibiotic, so to obtain it, in Spain you need a prescription. The most advisable thing is to consult it with the family doctor. Also, remember to bring it in the original container and with the medical prescription.
In the case of being pregnant, it is not advisable to take a long trip to Asia, since the sanitary conditions are not optimal. The same applies to the idea of going with a baby. As for children, it is advisable to consult with the doctor if they need any additional vaccines.
Each territory has entry requirements. In the case of the United Arab Emirates, they even vary depending on the Emirate. If you want to know those of Dubai, you can find them in article art: Tips, documentation and requirements to travel to Dubai.
El Southeast Asia it is one of the most touristic areas. Several countries allow the entry of citizens from Europe and some South American States without the need to apply for a visa, among which are:
To do this, you must have a valid passport and, generally, with a minimum validity of six months. The allowed visiting time is between 15 and 90 days, depending on the territory.
For other countries such as Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam and Myanmar you do need a visa. In the case of travelers from Spain, they are exempt in Brunei and Vietnam, although the conditions may vary.
North and Central Asia require a visa for most tourists. As to Japan, territories such as Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Spain are exempt. On the contrary, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela do need it.
The rest of the Pacific territories have specific conditions. In the case of China, you can find them in this article: Tips, documentation and requirements to travel to China.
Tips for Spaniards
The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation provides some recommendations to Spaniards who plan to go to this continent. First of all, make sure the trip is prepared with enough in advance.
Also, you should carry enough money for contingencies and find out if you can use credit cards. You have to take out medical insurance that covers large expenses such as hospitalization or repatriation.
As for Southeast Asia, there are several points to consider. There are endemic areas of angerTherefore, despite having a low risk of infection, hygienic measures must be taken with water and food.
Also, if you are going to visit underdeveloped or not very touristy areas, it is advisable to get vaccinated against typhoid fever. You also have to do it against the flu if you are going to practice activities such as hiking in areas exposed to animals.
It is advisable to register in the Registry of Travelers that the Ministry makes available to citizens. You can do it online by clicking this link.
Questions from users
When is it more advisable to travel to Southeast Asia?
Avoid the monsoon season, when heavy rains occur. In each country it may vary. In the case of Thailand, it is between May and October (low season), and the best months to go are between November and February, when the temperatures are not extremely high.
Do you have to cross the ocean to travel from America to Asia?
Most flights do not cross the Pacific Ocean, as their dimensions exceed the safe distance between a plane and the closest airport to land in an emergency. For this reason, planes from America to Asia usually go across the Atlantic Ocean and Europe.
Can you go from Europe to Asia by land?
If possible. However, you should find out about the different permits that are needed in each country to enter it with your own vehicle.
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