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How to have a healthy holiday (in Bali and beyond)

Falling ill while abroad is every traveller’s worst nightmare. We asked the experts at the BIMC Hospital in Bali for some advice on what you can do to keep healthy while visiting Indonesia.

Bali is a relatively safe place from a sanitary point of view: malaria is not present in the region and the health facilities are quite good. 


You are at risk of getting sick when you travel to a new environment, but don’t let this prevent you from having a great holiday. Instead, be more cautious and find the best way to take preventative measures to ensure you don’t end up ill while abroad.



For those who already have certain medical problems and are taking regular medication, it is highly recommended to keep your medication list on hand when travelling.


Consult a travel medicine clinic or your general practitioner as soon as possible after planning a trip to any destination where a significant health risk may be foreseen.


It is best to travel with enough medication for the duration of your trip and it is helpful if you can confirm the availability of your medicines in Bali. Some medication may not be available.


Find out any particular hazards to your personal safety and security presented by the destination and take appropriate precautions.


If you have misplaced or lost any of your regular medication, it is reassuring to know that most medicines and vaccinations are available at BIMC Hospital Nusa Dua for adults and children.


Some pre-holiday precautions should be taken (including vaccinations) and we recommend travellers know the following health facts:

# More than eight million international visitors travel to Bali every year, with more than a million of these coming from Australia

# 64 per cent report one or more illnesses during travel

# 26 per cent are ill upon return and 56 per cent develop symptoms after arrival back in their home country

# One in 10 visitors seek medical care after travel.


Overall risk of exposure to infectious agents

- High risk (1 in 10 travelers): Diarrhea, URI, non-infectious illnesses such as injuries and cardiac problems

- Moderate risk (1 in 200): Dengue, enteroviral infection, gastroenteritis, giardiasis, hepatitis A, malaria, salmonella, STD, shigella

- Low risk (1 in 1,000): Amebiasis, ascariasis, measles, mumps, enterobiasis, scabies, TB, typhoid, hepatitis B

- Very low risk (1 in 1,000): HIV, anthrax, Chagas, hemorrhagic fevers, pertussis, plague, typhus, hookworm


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Written by: BIMC fore Traveltalk Magazine
Published: 5 March 2019

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