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    Travelling is an exciting way to meet people and learn about different cultures. But you have to be careful. Travelling can expose you to disease and poor sanitary conditions. In this document, you will find practical information for safe and healthy travel. In a foreign country, just like at home, a little prevention goes a long way.
    • In short

      • Region
        Asia
      • Capital
        New Delhi
      • Population
        1,224,614,000
      • Currency
        Indian rupee (INR)
      • Languages
        Hindi, English, local languages
    • Flag

      Flag of India
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    Recommended Immunization

    In this section, you will find the list of the immunizations and screenings recommended for Canadians travelling to the above destination (India). Some of them may also be mandatory.

    Diphtheria, tetanus, poliomyelitis, measles
    These vaccines are part of every Canadian's standard immunization regimen. Make sure that you are vaccinated and have received the booster shots when required.
    Cholera
    Cholera is present in certain regions of the country. Consider protection only if anticipating close contact with local residents in unhygienic conditions. Vaccination is recommended for health professionals and aid workers assigned to endemic areas. Also recommended for travellers in whom gastric defenses are weakened.
    Japanese encephalitis
    Vaccination recommended for any stay longer than a month from May to October in Goa, from October to January in Tamil Nadu, from April to June and from August to December in Karnataka, from September to December in Andhra Pradesh as well as July to December in the north of the country. To consider whether any visits outside urban areas are planned or if an outbreak is underway in the region, even if the stay is less than a month.
    Yellow fever
    A certificate is mandatory for all travellers 9 months and older having travelled through an area with risk of transmission. A certificate is also required for travellers arriving from:
    Angola, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, French Guinea, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Soudan, South Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela.
    Hepatitis A
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers.
    Hepatitis B
    Moderate prevalence of carriers. Vaccination is recommended travellers staying in the country a few months or more, healthcare professionals or people receiving health care, those in close contact with local residents, parents adopting a child and those engaging in sexual relations with the country's inhabitants.
    Malaria
    Malaria is present in all areas except over 2000 m in Himachal-Pradesh, Jammu, Kashmir and Sikkim. Mefloquine (Lariam), atovaquone combined with proguanil (Malarone) or doxycycline (Vibramycin) are the drugs of choice.
    Typhoid fever
    Vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

    During your stay

    Once there, you should still be cautious as you could be exposed to other diseases. The presence of diseases that could pose a risk to your health has been reported in the country. The risk is related to the activities you choose to take part in as well as the areas you visit.

    Dengue fever
    Anti-mosquito precautions are essential everywhere in the country.
    Rabies
    Vaccination is recommended only for certain groups of travellers such as veterinarians, animal attendants, spelunkers or other at-risk groups. Vaccination is also recommended for travellers visiting regions where the virus is endemic and where it could be difficult to quickly get a post-exposure treatment and among travellers who will spend lots of time outdoors in rural areas. Vaccination is also recommended to children who will travel frequently or for long stays in a regions with risk, and which are too young to understand the precautions or to mention a bite.
    Schistosomiasis
    Schistosomiasis is present in certain areas of the country. Avoiding all contact with fresh water is recommended (swimming, fishing, drinking untreated water).

    The above vaccinations apply to all travellers. For a personalized protection program adapted to your travelling and health needs, visit a travel medicine clinic. Plan ahead: If you need several vaccines, you may need several weeks to complete the immunization schedule.

    Prior to your departure, you may want to consider registering for the Canadians Abroad Service. Registering allows the service to contact and assist you if there is an emergency while you are abroad. Visit the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada website for more information about this service and how to register.

    If you have purchased travel insurance, your policy will likely include a 24/7 emergency assistance service to help you locate care and coordinate payment. Be sure to have their phone number with you at all times.

    The Canadian Government also has several offices abroad that can provide you with numerous services when in a medical emergency. These services include, but are not limited to:

    • Supplying names of local doctors and health facilities
    • Visiting you in the hospital and providing basic translation services
    • Arranging for medical evacuation if your required treatment is not available in the region (note: costs for this service will not be covered by the government, but may be covered by travel insurance)

    If you need help when travelling in India, contact:

    India - CHANDIGARH
    Consulate General of Canada
    Address: SCO 54 Sector 17-A, Chandigarh 160 017, India
    Tel.: 91 (172) 505-0300
    Fax: 91 (172) 505-0341
    E-mail: CHADG-G@international.gc.ca
    Website: www.india.gc.ca

    India - CHENNAI (formerly Madras)
    Consulate of Canada
    Address: 18 (Old 24), 3rd Floor, YAFA Tower, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 006, India
    Tel.: 91 (44) 2833-0888
    Fax: 91 (44) 4215-9393
    E-mail: cschn@gocindia.org

    India - KOLKATA (formerly Calcutta)
    Consulate of Canada
    Address: c/o RPG Enterprises, Duncan House, 31 Netaji Subhas Road, Kolkata 700 001, India
    Tel.: 91 (33) 2242-6820
    Fax: 91 (33) 2242-6828
    E-mail: ccklkta@rp-sg.in
    Website: www.india.gc.ca

    India - MUMBAI (formerly Bombay)
    Consulate General of Canada
    Address: 6th Floor, Fort House, 221 Dr. D.N. Road, Mumbai, 400 001, India
    Tel.: 91 (22) 6749-4444
    Fax: 91 (22) 6749-4454
    E-mail: mmbai@international.gc.ca
    Website: www.india.gc.ca

    India - NEW DELHI
    High Commission of Canada
    Address: 7/8 Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, India 110021, India
    Postal Address: P.O. Box 5207, New Delhi, India, 110021India
    Tel.: 91 (11) 4178-2000
    Fax: 91 (11) 4178-2041
    E-mail: delhi.consular@international.gc.ca
    Website: www.india.gc.ca

    While in India, you will be able to phone to Canada through a Canadian operator by dialing a Canada-direct number: 000167. Public phones may require coins or a phone card.

    Make sure that your passport is valid for the whole length of your trip.
    Many countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months after your projected return date.

    Make sure that your passport is valid for the duration of your stay.
    Many countries require that your passport be valid at least six months after the due date of your return.

    Bon voyage!