This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.
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Important health risks
The malaria risk is:
- moderate in the northeastern half of the country and in some areas in the southwest (province Pursat, Kampong Speu). We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. For people with an increased risk, we sometimes recommend preventive malaria tablets, or taking an emergency treatment with you. Because of problems of resistance, the use of mefloquine (Lariam®) is not recommended.
- low in the southern Mekong region, northwestern and central region, including Siem Reap, temples of Angkor Wat. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.
There is no malaria risk in Phnom Penh.
In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.
Other insect-borne diseases
Ticks can transmit diseases.
Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.
There is a risk of infection with schistosomiasis when swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers.
Other possible infections
Other frequent health risks while travelling
Read these tips before you leave.
Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.
Update of basic vaccinations
A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.
There is no risk of yellow fever in this country. Vaccination is not required if you are travelling from Belgium.
Vaccination is exceptionally compulsory if you have been in a country where yellow fever may occur in the past six days (see map) from the age of one year. This also applies to transit through an airport that takes more than twelve hours.
This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.