Travel preparations

Vaccination and prevention

«I'm wondering whether I should get vaccinated before I travel abroad. Also, I've heard that vaccinations are obligatory for entering certain countries.»

Impfungen und Vorbeugungen

If you're planning to travel to Latin America, Oceania or Africa, there is an increased risk of illness. You can reduce this risk by deliberately avoiding contact with pathogens. For example by practising consistent hygiene, care in handling drinking water and food, using mosquito nets and insect repellent, face masks, etc.

The question of vaccination when preparing to travel abroad depends on three factors:

  1. on the entry requirements in the country of destination
  2. on the spread of contagious infectious diseases in the country of destination and how you are travelling (comfort tour, trekking, etc.)
  3. on your personal state of health
Obligatory vaccinations

Yellow fever is one of the critical infectious diseases. Generally, we recommend that you get vaccinated against yellow fever if you are travelling to the tropical areas of South America and to most countries in Africa south of the Sahara. Vaccination against yellow fever is obligatory for entering many countries in this region. To prove that you have had this vaccination, you need an official stamp in your yellow international vaccination card.

You can get a vaccination from your GP, a doctor for tropical diseases or a vaccination centre. For a vaccination against yellow fever, you have to go to a vaccination centre or an authorised vaccinating doctor.

Make sure you are vaccinated in good time as various vaccinations have to be repeated and some only develop their full effect after a certain period.

Prevention of malaria
There is no vaccination against the tropical disease malaria. Arrange an appointment with your doctor four to six weeks before departure if you are travelling to a country with a high risk of malaria. Your doctor can prescribe you preventive medication to protect you from contracting the disease or give you medication for self treatment in an emergency when you are travelling. Be sure to protect yourself in any case in your country of destination by sleeping under an impregnated mosquito net, wearing long-sleeved, light clothing and always having an anti-mosquito spray on you.
Special case Ebola
The Ebola virus exists in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, and individual cases have been recorded in Mali too. The Ebola problem is still largely restricted to west Africa. In general, consult the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA) if you are planning to travel to a high-risk country.

What can Helsana do for you?

Travel preparations

The corresponding supplementary insurance entitles you to free advice concerning your period abroad via the Travelcheck hotline on 044 655 11 30.

You can find useful information and practical tips on health and safety when travelling abroad on the online platform Safetravel.

Vaccinations

The cost of travel vaccinations (link to vaccinations) against malaria, yellow fever, hepatitis B, dengue fever, etc. are covered by various supplementary insurance policies from Helsana.

Vaccinations

Basic insurance
Vaccinations on the specialities list

You receive the costs of vaccinations prescribed by a doctor which are included on the list of specialities.


SANA
75% up to CHF 500

You receive 75% of the costs of vaccinations up to CHF 500 per calendar year.

This is on condition that the vaccines are approved by the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products Swissmedic.


Product information:
SANA
COMPLETA
90% up to CHF 750

You receive 90% of the costs of vaccinations up to CHF 750 per calendar year.

This is on condition that the vaccines are approved by the Swiss Agency for Therapeutic Products Swissmedic.


Product information:
COMPLETA

Travelcheck

TOP
Inclusive

You benefit from free telephone travel advice from Travelcheck. This service provides you with 24-hour individual information about health risks in the country you are visiting: +41 43 340 16 22.


Product information:
TOP
COMPLETA
Inclusive

You benefit from free telephone travel advice from Travelcheck. This service provides you with 24-hour individual information about health risks in the country you are visiting: +41 43 340 16 22.


Product information:
COMPLETA
OMNIA
Inclusive

You benefit from free telephone travel advice from Travelcheck. This service provides you with 24-hour individual information about health risks in the country you are visiting: +41 43 340 16 22.


Product information:
OMNIA