Health advice in Thailand

Author: Lee Seaton
Published: 19th February 2018

Health Advice in Thailand

Before traveling to Thailand you should visit your health professional at least 4 to 6 weeks beforehand to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre on the TravelHealthPro website


Emergency Assistance

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 1669 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.



There are excellent private hospitals in Thailand but they can be expensive. Public hospitals and clinics in Thailand are not always up to the same standards as western standards, particularly outside Bangkok and in the coastal islands. Many hospitals require guarantee of payment before they will start treatment. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

Travel Insurance

You need to ensure that you are adequately covered for accidents and medical emergencies in Thailand. Medical bills can get expensive very quickly.


Air Quality

During March and April there is often smoke haze and resulting poor air quality across parts of the north and north-east of Thailand. This air pollution may aggravate bronchial, sinus or asthmatic conditions. You should seek medical advice on appropriate precautions from you local medical professional.


Medications which are only available on prescription in the UK like Viagra, Cialis and Valium are readily available in popular nightlife districts across Thailand. Medication sold on the street is unlikely to be genuine and may have been stolen. Taking medication without medical advice or a prescription can have serious health consequences.



Virus’s and other risks


There is a risk of the Zika virus transmission in Thailand. For more information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit your local health professional.

Dengue fever is present in Thailand. You should take mosquito bite avoidance measures and use repelants advised by your local medical professional.

There are also confirmed reports of hand, foot and mouth disease throughout Thailand.