A Travel Guide For Dubai – Vaccines, Antimalarials, & More

Are you planning to visit Dubai over the winter period? If so, Dubai is a promising tourist destination rich with culture, exciting adventures and cutting-edge architecture. However, before your visit, you should be up-to-date on all relevant medical assessments to ensure the safety of your health. For all the vaccinations you require, along with antimalarials and other pertinent treatments, we advise you to visit us at Colchester Travel Clinic one month before your departure. Read on for more information about the other helpful healthcare travel tips for Dubai.

Which vaccines do I need to travel to Dubai?

According to UK recommendations, you should confirm routine immunisations and boosters for seasonal flu and MMR, respectively. Furthermore, it is advised that you get a tetanus booster shot before travelling to Dubai to prevent the transmission of infection through wounds or airborne pathogens. All eligible travellers must also be immunised against hepatitis A (food-borne infection) and diphtheria. Moreover, individuals at high risk or staying for an extended period should also get the vaccination against hepatitis B (blood-borne) and rabies (infected animal’s saliva). Another mosquito-borne infection – yellow fever, could pose a health risk, especially if you’ve been to high-risk transmission areas before visiting Dubai. To avoid infection and protect the safety of others, all individuals over the age of 9 months should be immunised.
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What do I need to know before I travel to Dubai?

You need to consider the following things before travelling to Dubai:

Get advance approval for your medicines:

Before taking off to Dubai, your over-the-counter and prescribed medicines should have approval in advance according to the UAE?s entry requirements. Remember that the approval may require 5 working days. So, it’s best to apply on time.

Other health conditions:

If you have a pre-existing condition or are pregnant, you may need a convenient healthcare facility during your trip. It’s a great way to research whether or not your destination has a nearby healthcare facility in case of an unexpected medical emergency.

Safety precautions for outdoor activities:

– Check the forecast before any outdoor activity and make necessary changes if the weather turns bad.

– Bring safety gear like bug spray, sunscreen, and a first aid kit, and dress according to your outdoor activity, such as long sleeves and trousers for hiking.

Limit your exposure to germs:

– Wash your hands regularly, especially before eating meals.

– When you cough or sneeze, use a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) to cover your mouth and nose.

– If possible, you should avoid contact with an infected person.

– If you don?t feel good, it’s best to rest at home or in your hotel room rather than spreading your infection.

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Where can I get antimalarials in Colchester before travelling to Dubai?

Getting antimalarial treatment in Colchester is strongly advisable if you are highly susceptible to malaria. As part of our service, we conduct a complete physical examination to track your health and provide individualised care in preparation for your trip. You may begin your antimalarials when still in Colchester, or wherever you are in the UK, and continue during your trip.? Moreover, following these precautions will also reduce your exposure to mosquito bites:
  • Wear a cap and long sleeves to protect your exposed skin
  • Use bug spray where necessary
  • You should wear clothing and equipment treated with permethrin (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Permethrin is an approved pesticide. However, it is not for the skin
  • Stay in air-conditioned rooms
  • Use a bed net if your sleeping location is an open space

Do I need a Covid vaccine to go to Dubai?

No. However, it is recommended that all potentially susceptible travellers have up-to-date COVID-19 vaccination. Dubai may pose a high risk for Covid-19, and its vaccination requirements can change quickly, so it’s crucial to seek the most up-to-date Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice before travelling.
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Do I need a PCR test to go to Dubai?

No. However, a PCR test is the most reliable nasal swab test for diagnosing COVID-19 accurately. A positive result indicates that you have COVID-19, whereas a negative result means that you do not, but should still practice caution. You should visit our clinic in Colchester three to four weeks before travel, so that we can evaluate your health and administer any necessary vaccinations or antimalarial treatment. If your holiday is coming up soon, there is always time to take precautions for your health and safety. Contact Us or Book your Vaccines now This post was written on behalf of Colchester Travel Clinic by Pharmacy Mentor