India, Asia

Malaria Risk Vaccination Information

What is the risk of malaria in India?

High Risk Areas: There is a risk of malaria sufficiently high to require anti-malarial tablets in the states of Assam and Orissa; the districts of East Godavari, Srikakulam, Vishakhapatnam and Vizianagaram in the state of Andhra Pradesh; and the districts of Balaghat, Dindori, Mandla and Seoni in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Here you will require Malarone, Doxycycline or Lariam.

Low to No Risk Areas: For the rest of India including Goa, the risk is not high enough to warrant antimalarial tablets for most travellers, however, it may be considered for certain people who may be at higher risk e.g. working for charities in rural areas, visiting friends or relatives, those with certain medical conditions, those who are immunocompromised or those without a spleen, pregnancy and the elderly. If you do choose to take antimalarials in these areas you will need to take Paludrine AND Avloclor or one of the prescription only antimalarials. 

Also if you are travelling overland between areas, you may be passing though areas of greater risk and tablets may be needed.

There is no risk in the Lakshadweep islands.

Antimalarials are advised in India if visiting any high risk areas. Please remember to also follow the bite avoidance measures below in all areas. Malaria is still present in low risk areas even if they are low risk.

Please check the FitforTravel malaria map of India (a NHS website).

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

High Risk Areas

You can order the suitable malaria medicine for this country by clicking on the following links. Any of the medicine listed can be recommended for malaria prevention in this country.

Atovaquone/Proguanil Generic Alternative to Malarone
Malarone Tablets
Malarone Children's Tablets (for Children under 40kg weight)
Doxycycline Capsules
Lariam Tablets (Mefloquine 250mg)

We only dispense genuine UK licensed medicines.

What else can I do to prevent malaria?

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 India?

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

CholeraHepatitis AHepatitis BJapanese EncephalitisMeningitisRabies
ConRecConCon Con


TetanusTick Borne Encephalitis Typhoid Yellow Fever Vaccine
Rec  Rec  

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

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