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Travel Health (Southeast Asia)

A health certificate is not required for travel through Southeast Asia.

Covid-19 Travel Requirements & Vaccinations

Up until the day you travel, it is vital you keep up to date and familiarised with the entry requirements as these can and do change at short notice. You are personally responsible for adhering to countries' specific entry requirements. These can be found on the Smart Traveller website:


You can find our Covid-19 Vaccination Policy online here:


Visit a doctor before travelling

We strongly recommend that you see a doctor for the latest health advice at least six weeks before your holiday to allow time for any necessary vaccinations etc. Remember to take your itinerary with you to the appointment. For travel health advice, please check www.travelvax.com.au before departure.

Drinking water

We strongly recommend you do not drink the tap water, and avoid ice in your drinks. There will usually be a kettle or flasks of boiled water in your hotel room and on board trains. Boiled water is suitable for drinking and cleaning teeth. Safe, bottled drinking water is readily available for sale everywhere – from small shops, supermarkets, restaurants and hotels. It is not customary for hotels to provide complimentary bottled drinking water. Always ensure that the seal is unbroken.


Toilet facilities are very basic throughout Asia and it is rare that you will find a ‘western’ style toilet (except in hotels). ‘Squat’ toilets are very common in public places and toilet paper is never supplied. We suggest that you carry toilet paper in your day backpack as well as not turn down the opportunity to use a ‘nice’ toilet when you see one!

Personal medical kit

Take all pharmaceutical products that you may require on your tour; do not rely on being able to purchase these during your holiday. You will see pharmacies all over Southeast Asia, but they stock local traditional medicine and many unregulated brands of western medicine. You are also very unlikely to find anyone who can speak English, nor any products with English writing. Consider taking a ‘personal medical kit’ containing any medication or medical equipment you may need during your time in Southeast Asia:

  • All prescribed medication (with a cover note from your doctor)
  • Headache tablets
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets
  • Cold and flu tablets
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Lozenges
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Antibacterial hand wipes and/or hand wash
  • Spare pair of glasses/contact lenses

If you need to purchase any pharmaceuticals or medical equipment while in Southeast Asia – you may ask your National Escort, Local Guide or hotel staff to help you locate a pharmacy, identify medication or to translate from the local language to English. If you need medical attention they will be able to arrange a call from a doctor, usually one who speaks English. However, the decision to purchase or take any non-prescribed (either western or traditional
local medicine) is entirely your own.

The staff at Wendy Wu Tours (in Australia, New Zealand and in Southeast Asia) are not medically qualified. Therefore they are neither able, nor allowed to give any medical advice, recommendations or administer medications.