Caribbean Health Advice

Stay informed and be prepared

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The Caribbean is a vast archipelago of islands divided into two separate regions: the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles. In this hot, tropical climate, there is a dry season and a rainy season (during which travel is not recommended). Whatever your destination, no drastic health precautions need to be taken. However, you should be very vigilant.

Which vaccines do you need to visit the Caribbean?


Whether you are headed to a dream destination such as Punta Cana in the Greater Antilles or Guadeloupe in the Lesser Antilles, we recommend that you are up to date with your basic vaccination: diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, hepatitis B and hepatitis A for extended stays.
Note that although yellow fever vaccination is mandatory for visiting French Guiana, it is only recommended for Trinidad and Tobago.

Lastly, rabies vaccination is recommended, regardless of your destination.

Preventing infectious and parasitic diseases
in the Caribbean

For diseases transmitted by insects, be aware that there are mosquitoes throughout the Caribbean archipelago. They carry dengue, malaria, chikungunya, Zika virus, etc. For this reason, always take the following precautions:

  • Wear full-length clothing,
  • Take mosquito repellents for your skin and clothing sprays suitable for tropical countries,
  • Sleep under a mosquito net.

Antimalarial medication may also be prescribed. See your doctor.

Some infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and cholera (Greater Antilles) are still present. It is therefore necessary to check that your BCG vaccination is up to date.
AIDS is a great burden affecting the Greater and Lesser Antilles. Use protection!
Lastly, TD (traveller's diarrhoea) is a typical traveller complaint. To prevent digestive issues, make sure you take food hygiene precautions, especially during trips to the Greater Antilles. Make sure you:

  • Drink water from sealed bottles,
  • Do not consume ice,
  • Opt for cooked, pasteurised dairy products,
  • Eat peeled fruit and cooked vegetables,
  • Eat meat and fish that have been well cooked.
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