Ecuador, South America

Malaria Risk & Vaccination Information

You may be unaware of the risks when travelling to Ecuador on a trip or break but it’s good practice no matter where you’re travelling in South America to become aware of any health risks caused by different sanitation standards.


Malaria is a prominent danger when travelling and the possibility of infection can vary depending on the surrounding medical facilities.

What is the risk of malaria in Ecuador

Risk occurs in areas under 1500m including the Coastal provinces and the Amazon Basin area, the risk is high and you will require one of the prescription antimalarials.

The Galapagos Islands and high altitude areas like Quito are unaffected by malaria and antimalarials are not usually advised.  


Please check HERE to see a malaria map of Ecuador on TravelHealthPro (a UK NHS resource).

What Malaria prophylaxis do I need to prevent malaria in Ecuador? 

If you don't already have a prescription from your Doctor for malaria medication, you can save precious time by using our online consultation service to order the suitable malaria medicines for this region by clicking on the following links.

Any of the medicine listed can be recommended for malaria prevention in this region. If you already have a prescription for malaria medicine from your Family Doctor, then you can order the quantity on your prescription(s) on the following links.

Your online consultation will be reviewed by a Pharmacist Independent Prescriber registered in the UK with the General Pharmaceutical Council. We only dispense genuine UK licensed medicines.

What else can I do to prevent malaria?

Be wary of infection from the local insects, most prominently mosquitos.

There is an assortment of products to improve your chances of not being bitten when outside but also when resting. 


For more information and advice on how to prevent malaria, see our How To Avoid Insect & Mosquito Bites page.

What Vaccines do I need for Ecuador?

Below is a table designed to show you what vaccines are mandatory, recommended or ones to consider when visiting Ecuador:

CholeraHepatitis AHepatitis BJapanese EncephalitisMeningitisRabies
 RecCon  Con


TetanusTick Borne EncephalitisTuberculosisTyphoidYellow Fever CertificateYellow Fever Vaccine
Rec   Rec Con

Man = Mandatory
Con = Consider
Rec = Recommended
Req = Required if visiting from area with risk of transmission

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