Vaccinations in Turkey



When travelling to Turkey, there is no serious travel health risk. No vaccinations are required for entry with the exception of individuals coming from yellow fever infected areas. A vaccination certificate may be required prior to entry.

Travelers are advised to update their routine vaccinations. In general, routine vaccinations are recommended such as chickenpox (or varicella), MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus).

An influenza vaccine can be administered for travelers starting at 6 months of age who has not received the shot in the previous 12 months.

Short-term business travelers entering Turkey are usually not recommended to take a typhoid vaccine, but it is recommended if one is planning to visit central or eastern Anatolia. Those who will stay in smaller cities, villages or rural areas are strongly advised to take the vaccine as the possibility of exposure might occur through water or food.

Consider taking antimalarial tablets in summer, especially in the south-eastern Anatolian region such as Adana, Alanya, Mersin and areas along the border with Syria. It is best to consult with a physician on what is the best anti-malarial drug suitable for you. Other recommended vaccinations are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and rabies.

Remember to visit to a doctor at least four to six weeks before the flight to get the necessary vaccine and helpful medical information suitable for the whole family.