What Jabs and Immunisations Do I Need?
We want your holiday in the Galapagos to be as enjoyable as possible, and as with any holiday, that means being well-prepared for any potential health problems. We always recommend that anyone going on holiday with us visits their doctor or (even better) a specialist travel clinic before setting off as they will have up-to-the-minute advice on how to make sure you are medically ready for your holiday in the Galapagos. However, we know it's always useful to have a few pointers, so here is some information we hope you find useful when planning your holiday.
You should always bear in mind that since you will also undoubtedly be spending some time on the Ecuadorean mainland, you may like to have a look at our medical advice for Ecuador, although if you are just flying in and out of Quito for a Galapagos cruise your recommendations are unlikely to change.
Standard Jabs and Immunisations for the Galapagos Islands
For most people, there aren't any compulsory jabs or immunisations required for entry to Ecuador and the Galapagos. However, if you are entering from an area considered to be at risk of Yellow Fever, you may have to present a valid vaccination certificate. In practice this is unlikely to be an issue for most tourists but if you are not coming from the UK then do check with us as to the situation.
While not required, you will almost certainly be advised to check with your doctor that your boosters for the following diseases are up-to-date:
- Hepatitis A
Yellow Fever and Malaria
Neither Yellow Fever or Malaria are present in the Galapagos so you will not need either a yellow fever jab or any anti-malaria medication for a visit to the Galapagos. Rabies is also eradicated from the islands, so you won't need a rabies jab either.