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Philippines Travel Tips

Make the most of your trip to the Philippines with our useful Philippines travel tips, as well as our list of top-rated destinations, best attractions, and things to do while you are on a holiday in the country.

  • Vaccinations for Your Visit to the Philippines
  • Vaccinations for Your Visit to the Philippines
  • Vaccinations for Your Visit to the Philippines

Vaccinations for Your Visit to the Philippines

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The Philippines is a stunning country, with impressive landscapes, warm locals, and attractions of all kinds. Are you ready to start preparing for your trip to the Philippines? Start by prioritizing your health, and keeping yourself informed about the necessary vaccinations for your destination.

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Required vaccinations

A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required upon entry if you have been in an infected area within the past six days.

In summary, the most recommended vaccinations if you are planning to travel to the Philippines are:
  • Hepatitis A - is generally recommended
  • Hepatitis B - recommended for longer stays and closer contact with the local population
  • Rabies - Vaccination recommended (in case of bite wounds, please see a doctor as soon as possible!)
  • Cholera - the protective effect of the vaccination is controversial, so better ask your doctor. However, vaccination is only recommended in rare cases.
  • Japan Encephalitis - Risk of infection all year round, especially in rural areas
  • Meningococcal Meningitis - to consider vaccination when traveling to the Cordilleras in the north of Luzon
  • MMR (Measles, Rubella, and Mumps) - is generally recommended for travelers 
  • Typhoid Fever - recommended vaccine, the disease can be spread from contaminated food and/or water.
Tuberculosis is also found in some parts of the Philippines. If you think you've been exposed, contact a healthcare provider and schedule a TB test as soon as possible.

In addition, the Philippines is home to some mosquito-borne diseases. Travelers should consider taking antimalarials to visit certain regions of the country. The dengue and chikungunya are present in several areas. Make sure to bring and use insect repellents and mosquito nets. Also, it never hurts to carry a basic first-aid kit, with antipyretics, analgesics, and antidiarrheals.

Plan the health aspects of your trip in advance, since it is recommended to carry out preventive vaccination at least 4 weeks in advance of the start date of the trip. Do not forget to obtain and take your international vaccination certificate with you on your trip.

All information is without guarantee. Vaccination is optional unless the country you are traveling to requires a vaccination certificate - this is generally not the case in the Philippines. That said, traveling to any country presents some risks. Please consult your doctor or tropical medicine specialist in case of doubt or if anything is unclear.  Take the appropriate precautions for your trip. It is always a smart idea to obtain travel insurance that covers medical needs. You will travel much safer and, above all, with peace of mind.

We hope this article has been of great help in giving you an idea about the recommended vaccines if you are planning to travel to the Philippines.