A bad sunburn is the worst thing that's likely to happen to you while you're on holiday in Vanuatu. However, it's also possible to get sick. This is something you can easily avoid by taking the right health precautions before and during your trip - no one wants to have more vivid memories of the toilet bowl than the beach!
There are no specific vaccinations required for travel to Vanuatu. However, we still recommend discussing vaccinations and risks with your doctor before you go.
You should also be up-to-date on routine vaccinations such as measles-mumps-rubella and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis. It is possible to get typhoid in Vanuatu through contaminated food or water and it's a good idea to ask for this vaccination as well - especially if you're an adventurous eater.
Although malaria is not a health concern, if you plan on spending most of your time around Port Vila or in your resort, anti-malarial precautions are recommended for visits to the outer islands. To reduce the risk of malaria, you should also take measures to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved tops and pants, using insect repellent, and sleeping in air-conditioned accommodation or rooms with mosquito netting. To decide whether or not you will need anti-malarial medications, it's best to speak to a travel health specialist.
Be sure to pack any prescription medications you need during your holiday, as it may be difficult to get them on the islands, especially outside of the larger towns. Small clinics and dispensaries with limited resources can be found throughout the outer islands.
We recommend packing a small first-aid kit with basic painkillers and treatments for cuts and insect bites. Coral cuts are a common injury for tourists and they can become infected easily, so antiseptic creams and plasters are a must.
Accidents and emergencies
We strongly suggest taking out travel insurance before travelling to Vanuatu as serious injuries and medical conditions will require medical evacuation to more modern facilities in Australia, New Zealand or New Caledonia.
Eating and drinking
Some of the most common health problems experienced by travellers in Vanuatu arise from eating or drinking contaminated food. A safe approach is to avoid eating undercooked meat, fish, eggs, or unwashed fruit and vegetables.
It's important to stay hydrated while on the islands, but you should stick to sipping on bottled water or hot beverages, and avoid drinking tap water or unpasteurised milk. Most mains water is fine to drink, but it's better to play it safe and not risk illness.
Vanuatu is saturated in sunshine, which is fantastic for vacations but not so great for unprotected skin.
It's recommended that you apply sunscreen every day, 15 minutes before heading outside. The higher the SPF, the better. Remember to reapply after spending time in the water. Make sure you don't forget to put sunscreen over the back of your body when snorkelling, and on the front of your legs when you go kayaking.
Wearing a hat and covering up with a T-shirt or wrap are also good ways to protect your skin from the sun's rays.
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