Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner


  • There is a malaria outbreak in the south-east.

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.

Check the current security situation on the federal government website.

Important health risks


There is a seasonal malaria risk in the areas below 2500 m in the north-west bordering Afghanistan and in some areas in the south:

There is a moderate malaria risk in the remaining areas in the south-west below 2500 mWe recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. For people with an increased risk, we recommend preventive malaria tablets, or taking an emergency treatment with them.

There is a low malaria risk in the areas below 2500 m in Punjab in the north-east. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.

There is no malaria risk in the areas above 2500 m.

In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue and leishmaniasis.

Japanese encephalitis occurs mainly in the area around Karachi.

Protect yourself against insects


Ticks can transmit diseases.


Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

Altitude sickness

You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.


Take a look at the general preventive measures related to COVID-19.

Other possible infections

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.


Hepatitis A


Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations



Recommended, sometimes mandatory

A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

Polio vaccination is compulsory for all travellers who will be spending more than four weeks in this country. This vaccination must be administered at least four weeks and no more than twelve months prior to departure from the country and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

Yellow fever

Exceptionally mandatory for some travellers

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.


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