Travel Vaccines for Indonesia | Bali

Indonesia is a developing nation and as such does not have the same level of sanitation and health care standards which we come to expect in developed nations such as Australia. Many travel related diseases are prevalent in Indonesia, including Bali, and it is therefore recommend that travellers to Indonesia consult their doctor regarding travel vaccinations well before they travel.

Travel Vaccinations for Indonesia and Bali

Travel vaccination requirements and recommendations are subject to change but we currently suggest the following vaccines for travellers to the region.

Recommended for all travellers to Indonesia:

  • Hepatitis A vaccine
  • Typhoid fever vaccine
  • Flu vaccination (for people over 50 or people with a compromised immune system)

For travellers staying for longer periods or for frequent visitors:

  • Hepatitis A vaccine
  • Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Typhoid vaccine
  • Japenese Encephalitis vaccine (especially for visitors to Bali, Kalimantan, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Mollucas, Irian Jaya, and Lombok)
  • Rabies vaccine (rabies can be transmitted by monkey bites as well as from other infected animals)

Other Diseases

Malaria is of high risk in rural areas but the main cities and tourist areas, such as Bali, and generally risk free.

Diarrhoea is very common throughout the country, including with visitors staying in high end accommodation.

Other diseases to be aware of include:

  • Avian Influenza (bird flu)
  • Dengue Fever
  • Tuberculosis
  • Herpes B (can be transmitted by monkey bites)

Comments

  1. Jules Moreno says:

    Hello just a quick question. We have many teams going form our organisation going to Jakarta next year. Will we need the Japanese encephalitis vaccine for Jakarta?

    Thansk for your help

    Jules Moreno
    Youth With A Mission

  2. Jules Moreno says:

    Hopefully you can answer my question on email!

  3. Is the Hepatitis A vaccine a 1 off injection or a series of injections?

    • Its a series I have been told. You get one shot then another after 9 months to a year.

  4. Carol Rynbeck says:

    One dose of Hepatitis A injection will give about 3 years protection and if you have a second dose that should provide lifelong immunity.

    • THIS IS INCORRECT! One shot will not provide protectiong for 3 years, it does not work like that, no immunity is built up in the body until at least the second injection, the 3rd injection will generally provide good immunity, a great deal of people will however require a fourth to boost there levels.

  5. Terry Fahrun says:

    Travelling to Jakarta and possibly Kalamantan in March. Is it important to have the Japanese encephalitis, Rabies? Will be there for 10 days.

    Thanks

  6. well i thought of the needles to be very helffull. I got sick during eating bali food but nothing serios accuried :)..

  7. Elisha d'Offay says:

    We are travelling to Bali in 2 weeks time, I have not had any Hep A or B shots, is it too late to get them?
    Is Typhoid Fever a must?
    Thanks

  8. Emilia Giacomini says:

    I am travelling to Bali in August and would like to know if I require re-vaccination for Hep A & Typhoid as I was vaccinated for these in Aug 2005. I have been vaccinated for Hep B and have immunity.
    Many Thanks

  9. East Perth Medical Centre says:

    It is not to late to start your vaccination regime, Typhoid vaccination is recommended for travel to Bali.

  10. East Perth Medical Centre says:

    One dose of Hep A will give about 3 years protection,if you have a 2nd dose that should give you lifelong protection. Typhoid vaccination lasts approx 3 years.

  11. I am taking my 16 month old son to Bali in August. He has had all his required immunisations to date (as required in Australia). Is there any other shots he needs or you would recommend?

  12. Jimmy Tang says:

    I am going to trek Mt Rinjani at Lombok Island,
    is it necessary to take prophylasis for malaria?
    /thank you

  13. East Perth Medical Centre says:

    Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for travellers visiting the islands of Indonesia. You also need to consider making an appointment with one of our Travel Doctors to discuss any travel vaccinations that you may require when travelling to this area.

    Regarding travel to Bali with a 16mth old baby, it is recommended that you make an appointment to see one of the Travel Doctors to discuss this trip. The Travel Doctor will also be able to give you advice on preventative measures and precautions specific to travel to Bali.

  14. yvette portelli says:

    Hi I d be going to bali by the end of agust. I just got a bit confused on what type of vaccinations I ouht to take.
    thanks in advance

  15. Yvette – I suggest you make an appointment with your doctor and he can determine exactly what is required in your case.

  16. I am travelling to Bali in 3 weeks, i have never been vaccinated before in regards to going aborad, are there any vaccines you feel i should be having before i go?

  17. As mentioned above:

    Recommended for all travellers to Indonesia:

    * Hepatitis A vaccine
    * Typhoid fever vaccine
    * Flu vaccination (for people over 50 or people with a compromised immune system)

    For travellers staying for longer periods or for frequent visitors:

    * Hepatitis A vaccine
    * Hepatitis B vaccine
    * Typhoid vaccine
    * Japenese Encephalitis vaccine (especially for visitors to Bali, Kalimantan, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Mollucas, Irian Jaya, and Lombok)
    * Rabies vaccine (rabies can be transmitted by monkey bites as well as from other infected animals)

    I suggest you make an appointment with a travel doctor to assess your case.

  18. I’m traveling to Jakarta in 1 months time and have an appointment to see a nurse next week. However i am just wanting to know in advance what vaccinations are a must for Jakarta and which ones i should maybe have just as a precaution.

    P.S i have never been vaccinated for traveling abroad.

  19. Please see the previous comment for the recommended vaccinations for Jakarta.

    It is up to you which vaccines you get and your doctor will discuss this with you.

  20. I am travlling to Indonesia for the first time with my 1 month old baby. I wanted the information of the vaccinations done there, as my doctor needed this information. It would be a great help if u could reply to my mail asap.

    Thanks

  21. Your doctor can inform you of the vaccines required for you and your baby.

    If your doctor doesn’t know then I suggest you make an appointment with one of our qualified travel doctors.

  22. tammy kay says:

    i last has a 2nd typhoid shot in july 2005 and am travelling to bali for 2 wks in nov this year, should i get another one before i go?

    i have had 2 hep a shots already.

    thanks.

  23. is there an injection for malaria instead of taking tablets for 4 weeks? im concerned about the reaction to the sun as ill be in thailand.

  24. Rebecca Ryan says:

    Hi, i was wondering if you can help me, i have just returned from a 10 day visit to Bali, i had my hep a & typhoid vaccinations before leaving, however i was bitten by a monkey on turtle island, in which the bite broke the skin, i initially spoke to the people on the island and they said the monkeys were “rabie free”, i was just wondering if you had any advice or recommendations that i should undertake. Thanks

  25. My family will be travelling to Bali in June 09. There will be a 4 year old, 2 year old and 6 month baby. The children have all had their recommended vaccinations but their parents haven’t had any additional vaccinations since childhood. What do you recommend for the children and adults. Thank you.

  26. Depending on how long you will be staying in Indonesia and depending on your medical history, you may need to be vaccinated.

    Please make an appointment with our travel doctor to discuss your specific needs.

  27. Rebecca Ryan, There has been many cases of rabies in Bali this year. Make sure u get it checked out

  28. I am traveling to Bali with my hubby ,three yr old and 9mth old baby do my kids need injections? are they too young? Whart precautions do i take for them? thanks nat

  29. Hi there,have been reading the above,my husband and i are going to Bali in august,all injection’s are up to date,his mate at work’s wife is off to Bali soon,she has been advised that rabies is rife and recommended to have injection,also what about taking marlaria tablet’s,we are all enclusive and may do 1 or 2 trip’s while we are there

  30. michelle says:

    hi there, we are thinking of travelling to Bali at the end of next month with our 2 year old daughter and I am 15 weeks pregnant. I dont think I can have any extra vaccinations while pregnant and can my daughter have them or is she too young?

  31. does it harm you to get the typoid vaccination twice?
    we can’t remember if we got it the first time round!!

  32. I will be travelling to the island of Borneo (indonesian end) in May. I have read the above information regarding vaccinations required. Due to the remote location I will be in, should I also consider getting the vaccinations required for longer stays (i.e. hep b, Jap Encephalitis & rabies)? What is the shortest amount of time I can recieve these injections so that they will be affective whilst overseas? (I will be there in approx 8 weeks)

  33. Terry Howard says:

    I am traveling to Balikpapan,Kalimantan,Indonesia in June’09. Is ‘Yellow Fever’ a concern and is the immunization requiered for entry?

  34. hello, I will be traveling to bali in 1 month and a half and i was dont know exactly what vaccinations are required. Also my flight flys into tokyo for a 23 hr layover, do they let my on the plane without vaccinations? is there anyway to avoid vaccinations, religious exemption? i am quite more concerned about the toxins such as mercury in the vaccines then cating malaria. i take nano silver and pro biotics for fighting of pathogens. nano silver kills all pathogens, is there anyway of getting around these vaccines?

    • For anyone concerned about mercury in vaccines, if you look at the concentration of mercury, yes it does look high. If you calculate the amount of mercury in the volume you receive in one dose, it comes out to be less that the WHO and national health associations consider to be safe to consume EVERY DAY in your drinking water. So a once off vaccine is less risk that the water you drink every day (ie pretty much zero). Do the maths yourself if it makes you feel more relaxed.

  35. Hi,

    heading to Bali in 12 days, wondering if Typhoid is necessary? have had all other boosters already?

  36. Everyone, the best advice to get is to go and see your doctor, they have the current up to date information on what is required!
    http://www.travelvaccination.com.au/travel-vaccines-for-indonesia-bali/
    The above shows what vaccinations you need. If you haven’t had them, then you need them to be safe. The vaccinations are there for a reason! If you wish to avoid them then thats your choice, but you are putting yourself at risk and potentially if you catch something bringing it back to your home country, friends and family.

  37. Samantha says:

    I am travelling to Bali for 3 weeks in September and I am wondering whether I need Malaria tablets or not as there seems to be mixed reviews on this? Please help, very confused!!!

  38. I need to know if i need any shots i want to travel in September, this will be my first visit ti Bali.
    Would it be safe for my son to be immunised he is turning three in September.

    Thanks

  39. Phil Barrett says:

    Hi,
    I have been to Bali three times, the last being about 18 years ago. I’m positive I had all the required vaccinations at the time but cannot remember exactly which.
    This time I’m taking my family of 5 and would rather not pay for vaccinations if I don’t need to. Do you think if I had all the required vax 18 yrs ago I would need to have Hep A for the next trip?
    Thanks.

  40. We are going on a cruise up the coast of WA stopping breifly at Bali, Lombok and Komodo
    Are vaccinations really neccessary? Would you recommend PanVax ?

  41. I too am doing the same cruise as Anne, can anyone please help. The visist are only day visits. Thanks in advance

  42. Hi

    We are travelling to Bali next week and have only just realised that we should probably get some vaccinations. I am due for my tetanus needle but are there any other vaccinations that you recommend us to get before we leave?

  43. PHILIP BERRY says:

    MY WIFE & I ARE GOING TO AMED IN BALI WE ARE 74 OLD & WE LOVE TO SNORKEL
    WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND WE HAVE REGARDING
    VACCINATIONS.
    THANK YOU PHILIP

  44. Certain vaccines are recommended for people over 50 travelling to Bali. Please make an appointment here at the East Perth Medical Centre and one of our travel doctors can help you.

    Click here for our contact details:

    http://www.travelvaccination.com.au/contact-us/

  45. I’m over 50 but I am also thalassaemic, so I won’t require anti-malarial or typhoid vaccines pre-Bali trip, will I?

  46. I am taking my 7 month old baby to bali in october. Are there any other vaccines you suggest other then what he would have already had by that stage please?
    thanks

  47. nikki macgillivray says:

    I am traveling to bail in sep can u suggest the shots i need to have. i have a 9 month old too. we r there for 2 weeks and staying in tourist spots.

  48. We are off to Bali in late September. We were there in January and had Vivax injections done in December 09. Do we need further vaccinations? We have also heard there in a rabies epidemic in Bali. Do we need specfici vaccinations for rabies or is the Vivax we had in December 09 sufficient? Many thanks for your assistance

  49. We are off to Bali in late September. We were there in January and had Vivax injections done in December 09. Do we need further vaccinations? We have also heard there in a rabies epidemic in Bali. Do we need specfici vaccinations for rabies or is the Vivax we had in December 09 sufficient? Many thanks for your assistance

  50. dorothy binswanger says:

    My daughter is traveling to Indonesia and will have homestays in Banjar Tanggayuda, Ubud, Bali, and will tour in areas such as Tana, toraja,Tendolo,Kolonodale, Morowali preserve, Wanci, Hoga, Sampella, Spice islands… palau, ayr, run lontar, Hatta, Masihulan/Sawai on Seram Island, Manusela National park. Would you recommend her having shots for Yellow Fever and Malaria meds? one site said yes, others no. thanks.

  51. I had Guillain Barre Syndrome 15 years ago (not after vaccination or any known cause though) and was looking at traveling to Bali this year. Is it safe to go without any vaccinations and/or can i safely have any of them? I have had no vaccinations since GBS and have fully recovered.

  52. we are going to bali and we have conflicting info on getting the injection for colera, were getting the hep a injection, so do we need to get colera also?

  53. Cristina says:

    I will be travelling to Bali on May 20th, I will go with my 18 month old daughter. Can you recommend which vaccines are necessary for her to go there?

  54. I’m going to bali on Friday with my partner and my 16 month old and she’s up to date on her vaccinations but is there any others that she requires to get or is to late and is it safe aswel for her to get them as I’ve heard some bad things with children getting these vacs and they get really sick from them…… So please I need advice ASAP…. And do me and my partner need any kind of vaccinations aswel….

  55. I am traveling to bali in a week and did not even think about shots untill just not.. ahh but are yo still allowed into the country if you did not recieve them?

  56. hi, thankyou very much for the info. This info will help me with my project on indoneasion cultar. One quik Q. If i were going on a plane… how long would i need to get it before the trip???

  57. Hi I am travelling to Bali on Saturday with my husband and 2 teenage boys. We did not even think about immunisations. Is it too late to have them. Or should we just chance it.

    thanks

  58. david altamura says:

    We are taking a holiday, staying in Kuta with myself, my wife and my 6 year old and 4 year old girls. Do we need any vaccinations before we go ?
    Thank you