The Taj Mahal in India

Travel health advice for India

India is one of the most diverse and beautiful countries on the planet, so if you’re planning to travel to India you’re bound to be looking forward to your trip.

Staying safe abroad is important and ensuring  you’re vaccinated against diseases you may be at risk of contracting is one important step towards helping you stay safe.  After all, India is home to some diseases which you may be exposed to and which we don’t have in the UK.

Vaccinations help protect against these diseases and you can be vaccinated at participating Boots pharmacies. We’ll be able to advise you about the diseases you may encounter and steps you can take to help keep yourself safe while you’re travelling in India.

Getting vaccinated can help prevent you from becoming ill. Our pharmacists will help you understand the factors that increase your risk and can help you work out which vaccinations to get depending on things like:

  • Which regions you are visiting
  • What activities you are doing 
  • Your age and general health 

Book an appointment

We recommend booking an appointment with a Boots pharmacist six to eight weeks before you travel. However, even if time is short, we can still help you with options to consider.

Book an appointment

Diseases in India

Below are some of the diseases you may need protection against when you’re in India. 

You can use our quick check tool to get a list of diseases that may be present in the country and vaccinations to consider for your destination.


There is a risk of malaria in some areas for all travellers to India. Certain travellers are at an increased risk in other areas of India which includes those who are pregnant, long stay travellers, the elderly and those with certain medical conditions. For other parts of India including Goa, bite avoidance measures are recommended. Our pharmacists will help you work out if you need anti-malaria tablets and which ones are suitable for you.

Malaria is a blood infection which can be fatal. It’s transmitted by mosquitoes, so it’s best to avoid being bitten by taking steps like using insect repellent.