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About Colombia Vaccinations
Located in northwest South America, Colombia has coasts on both the Caribbean and the Pacific, and borders with Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil and Venezuela. Colombia's climate varies with altitude, with three distinct climatic zones - hot, temperate and cold. While the cooler Andes region dominates the west, the southeast is below the Equator and takes in a portion of the Amazon Basin. From the popular beaches like Santa Marta to rainforest and mountainous regions, Colombia is a one-off experience that every traveller should undertake. Located at the top of South America, be sure to visit the different districts to get the full breadth of the Colombian experience. The information below is intended to make sure you get the correct injections, vaccinations and advice for Colombia.
Travel Health Alerts
Vaccine Preventable Diseases
Disease is present. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year or over arriving from Angola, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport from the same countries mentioned above.
Recommended for all travellers aged 9 months or over going to Colombia except for the areas described below.
Vaccination is generally not recommended for travellers going to the cities of Barranquilla, Cali, Cartagena, and Medellín.
Not recommended for travellers whose itineraries are limited to all areas above 2300 m, the department of San Andrès y Providencia, and the capital city of Bogotá.
Travellers arriving in Australia within 6 days of leaving this country require proof of vaccination.
Travelvax note: We recommend that this advice is discussed with a yellow fever licenced practitioner.
Travelvax has doctors who are yellow fever vaccination-accredited. Click here to learn more about Yellow Fever.
Low presence of Hepatitis B in local population, discuss whether vaccination would be recommended with a medical practitioner . Vaccination is recommended for specific high-risk travellers (sport/adventure/occupational/sexual). Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk. Click here to learn more about the Hepatitis B vaccination.
Moderate risk for most travellers. Vaccination recommended for travel to smaller cities, villages and rural areas outside usual tourist routes. Some medical conditions pre-dispose to infection; whether vaccinations would be recommended should be discussed with a medical practitioner. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk. To learn more about Typhoid and the available vaccinations, click here.
Disease present. Recommendation for vaccination will depend on specific itinerary and activities planned. Generally rabies vaccination is advised for high risk individuals such as veterinarians or animal handlers, cavers. Additionally for higher risk travellers who plan: extended periods outdoors, rural travel, adventurous activities including bicycling; also expats or long-term travellers to endemic regions and children (risk of more severe or risk-prone bites and may not report contact at all). Click here to learn more about rabies.
Diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika may be present. Seasonal risk will vary by country. Whether preventive measures will be recommended will depend on itinerary, length of stay, type of travel etc. and needs to be discussed with a medical practitioner. For those countries with disease present, risk is highest in urban and semi-urban areas, but may also occur in rural areas; insect avoidance measures are highly recommended all year round. Travelvax believes that the best defence is to understand their habits, dress properly and use an effective insect repellent in the correct manner. Consult a medical practitioner for your specific risk.
In order to check before and during travel for any high-risk areas visit the Smartraveller website. Avoid unnecessary displays of wealth or valuables and minimise the amounts of cash carried. Keep secure records of passport/credit card/licence numbers. For more safety tips visit: www.smartraveller.gov.au.
Limited medical facilities available. Unless travelling with a well-equipped organisation, a high level of self-sufficiency in terms of first aid kits and sterile equipment is recommended. An evacuation contingency should be a part of your travel insurance. Check for any contacts supplied by your emergency assistance organisation (nominated by your travel insurer) or with IAMAT (International Association of Medical Assistance for Travellers).
First Aid Kits & Accessories
Always carry an advanced first aid kit, including needles and syringes (shortages of sterile equipment are common). A prescription kit (containing treatments for travellers' diarrhoea) is essential. A mosquito net and insect repellent (containing DEET, Citriodiol or Picaridin) are highly recommended, even if anti-malarials are taken.