Sri Lanka vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Are you travelling to Sri Lanka anytime soon? On this page we provide you with travel advice and information about possible health risks, the climate in Sri Lanka and places of interest.  We recommend vaccinations, although these are only mandatory when you enter the country from a country where yellow fever is prevalent. Which additional vaccinations you require, is dependent on the duration of your stay in this stunningly beautiful island nation.

Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocean off the coast of India. Sri Lanka has different tropical climates that are partly influenced by the mountains on the island. The mountainous area in southern central Sri Lanka is often exposed to lower temperatures – in winter these can drop below zero. In these mountains are many tea plantations on terraced land. In the northern and eastern parts of the country, lowlands and mountains alternate. Also alternating are the two monsoon seasons in Sri Lanka: Yala and Maha. Yala dominates in the southwest between May and July, and Maha dominates in the northeast in the months of November, December and January. February and March are therefore the best months to travel to Sri Lanka. Thanks to its natural beauty, its cultural heritage and the friendly locals, Sri Lanka is a popular destination for adventurous travellers. The west coast, which includes the seaside resorts Negombo, Kalutara and Induruwa as well as the capital Colombo, is the best-known area. However, the undiscovered eastern part, the Central Highlands and the ancient city of Kandy are well worth visiting too.

Regardless of your holiday itinerary for Sri Lanka, always be aware of diseases and protect yourself against mosquitoes. Malaria is prevalent in Sri Lanka. Our skilled KLM Health Services nurses are happy to tell you what vaccinations you require for Sri Lanka and provide advise on what else you can do to minimise health risks during your stay in the country formerly known as Ceylon. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.

Sri Lanka vaccinations: the most common risks

In Sri Lanka, various (tropical) diseases occur to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please view our list of the most common health risks and diseases in Sri Lanka and you will know at an instant which specific vaccinations you require.

Chikungunya

In this country Chikungunya is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

Dengue

In this country dengue fever is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.

DTP

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.

Japanese Encephalitis

In this country Japanese encephalitis is (possibly) prevalent. Vaccination depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.

Malaria

In this country there is a risk of getting malaria. Protection against mosquito bites is necessary during day- and nighttime. Sometimes malaria tablets are recommended, please contact KLM Health Services.

MMR

Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination (BMR vaccination in Dutch) is recommended for travelers to this country who are not protected against measles yet. This includes children from 6 months and up who have not yet received their childhood MMR immunization.

Rabies

Vaccination depends on your personal situation. In this country mammals could be infected with Rabies. Avoid contact with mammals. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.

Tuberculosis

Vaccination depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Typhoid fever - recommended

Typhoid vaccination is recommended for a duration of 2 weeks or longer for all travelers to this country.

Yellow Fever - compulsory from Yellow Fever area

In this country Yellow Fever is prevalent. There is a potential risk for travellers. Vaccination is recommended. Vaccination is possibly COMPULSORY when traveling from a Yellow Fever area. Please contact KLM Health Services to discuss or vaccination applies to you.

Yellow Fever - possibly recommended

In this country Yellow Fever is not prevalent. However, when you’re traveling FROM a Yellow fever area vaccination can be COMPULSORY. Please contact KLM Health Services to discuss or vaccination applies to you.

A healthy trip to Sri Lanka: prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to Sri Lanka as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey.

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows your to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for Sri Lanka? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your Sri Lanka vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for Sri Lanka? Please feel free to contact us via 0900 109 109 6 (€1,00 per call) or send an email to travelclinic@klm.com. You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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