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Certificate Requirements

If you are entering Sri Lanka from a yellow fever risk area you need to present a yellow fever certificate at the border. The same applies if you have changed flights in a country to which yellow fever is endemic and spent more than 12 hours at the airport. This only applies to adults as well as children over the age of nine months.

How much will it cost?

Per Dose £60
Doses per course 1
Price per course £60

Recommended for all travellers

The vaccines in this section are recommended for all travellers visiting the country.

The tetanus vaccination forms part of the standard vaccine schedule in the UK. Before you travel you should make sure you have received all necessary boosters to avoid preventable medical emergencies abroad. Tetanus occurs, when tetanus bacteria enter a wound, cut or graze, thus entering your bloodstream. Tetanus is a potentially fatal disease and the bacteria which cause it can be found in soil, human or animal faeces and dirt. It is also often contracted as the result of an animal bite or scratch.

How much will it cost?

Per Dose £32
Doses per course 1
Price per course £32

Recommended for some travellers

Whether you will need any of the vaccines in this section depends on the region you're travelling to, the activities you have planned and your medical history.

Hepatitis A is a viral infection which causes an inflammation of the liver. In countries where hep A is prominent, many people catch it as a child. The infection tends to be mild in children but can occasionally cause complications. In adults, however, it can lead to liver damage or even liver failure. Although infection rates appear to be on the decrease, hepatitis A is endemic to Sri Lanka and the vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

How much will it cost?

Per Dose £55
Doses per course 1
Price per course £55

The hepatitis B immunisation is a routine vaccination for healthcare professionals and aid workers. It is recommended for anyone likely to come in close contact with the local population of countries where the infection is prevalent, including Sri Lanka. Tourists are also advised to avoid getting tattoos or piercings as the infection can be transmitted via contaminated needles.

How much will it cost?

Per Dose £45
Doses per course 3
Price per course £135

Japanese encephalitis is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes. In countries where it is common, it tends to primarily affect children, who develop immunity as a result. Travellers from non-endemic countries will not have been exposed to the virus and are therefore at risk. The infection is more common in rural areas in Sri Lanka and the risk of infection is particularly high in areas where pigs are kept as livestock. Before travelling to Sri Lanka, you should ask a travel nurse to assess whether you require the vaccination.

How much will it cost?

Per Dose £89
Doses per course 2
Price per course £178

The number of human rabies cases in Sri Lanka has been going down in the past few years. Sri Lanka is committed to eliminating rabies by the year 2020 but currently, rabies still claims between 20 - 30 lives per year. In most cases, it is transmitted by dogs. The rabies vaccine extends the period of time during which rabies post exposure prophylaxis will be effective but you still need to get treated if you get bitten. The vaccine is vital if you will be working with animals or if you are planning on spending time in a remote area where you may be unable to get treated in time. During your stay in Sri Lanka, you should avoid contact with wild animals and pets if you do not know whether they have been vaccinated.

How much will it cost?

Per Dose £58
Doses per course 3
Price per course £174

Like hepatitis A, typhoid fever is a food- and waterborne disease. It causes digestive problems such as diarrhoea or constipation, stomach pain and a high fever. The typhoid vaccination is recommended for all travellers visiting Sri Lanka, where outbreaks continue to occur. In addition to getting vaccinated you should take care in choosing where you eat and practise good food hygiene while abroad.

How much will it cost?

Per Dose £32
Doses per course 1
Price per course £32

Why do I need a consultation?

It is difficult to say which vaccines you need without asking a medical professional. Your itinerary, your medical history and the activities you have planned all affect which vaccinations you need. It is important that a trained travel nurse or pharmacist checks what you need.

Exactly the travel vaccinations you need - no more, no less.

During your consultation, our nurse or pharmacist will talk you through the health risks at your travel destinations to check which vaccines you need. If a vaccine is not essential, we will explain your options so you can decide whether you would like to have it.


Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes. You cannot be vaccinated against malaria.

Malaria Precautions

The number of reported malaria cases in Sri Lanka has been on the decline in recent years, so the malaria risk in most of Sri Lanka is classed as very low. There is a low risk of malaria if you are travelling to areas north of Vavuniua. However, you still need to take precautions to avoid insect bites.

It is important to use bed nets, insect repellent and long-sleeved clothing after sunset to minimise the exposure to insect bites. If you develop malaria symptoms you must seek medical attention immediately. Please note, that symptoms can develop a long time after you have returned from your holiday so you still need to see a doctor if you notice malaria symptoms weeks or months after your return. Your Superdrug nurse or pharmacist will assess your need for an antimalarial based on your medical history and itinerary.

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