Abu Dhabi Vaccinations for Visiting the UAE

There are no Abu Dhabi vaccinations that are compulsory for travel to the UAE (except if arriving from areas of high risk to yellow fever). 

We have gathered the recommended Abu Dhabi Vaccinations from the NHS (National Health Service UK) and their supporting travel health websites.

If you are visiting the UAE for more than 6 months duration the following vaccinations are recommended: 

  • Diphtheria - This is an airborne serious throat infection. The vaccination lasts approx 10 years old after which a booster is required. 
  • Tuberkulosis (BCG) - The vaccine contains live bacteria which, after 4 to 8 weeks, produces a small wound followed by scar after healing. 
  • Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis) - Hep A can be contracted via contaminated food and water. Vaccination consists of two injections about 12 months apart, which protects for up to 25 years. A hepA/hepB combination vaccination is available. 
  • Hepatitis B - Hep B can be contracted via through infected blood, sexual activities and, in small children, through saliva. The vaccination consists of 2 vaccinations about 4 weeks apart and a third 6 months later. The vaccination protects for 25 years. 
  • Rabies - The vaccination consists of 3 injections at day 0, 7 and 28 and must therefore start 4 weeks before departure. Vaccination protects for 5 years 
  • Tetanus -Tetanus is contracted in a fresh wound via soil. The Vaccination lasts 10yrs and is usually given in combination with the diphtheria vaccine. 
  • Typhoid - Typhoid is the most serious of the Salmonella infections. There are two types of vaccine: a single vaccination via injection which protects up to 3 years OR a live vaccine in capsules, which is swallowed, where three capsules are taken 2 days apart and provide protection for a year. 

If you are visiting Abu Dhabi for less than 6 months the following vaccinations are recommended. 

  • Diphtheria 
  • Hepatitis A (infectious hepatitis) 
  • Tetanus

For accurate and up to date vaccination information we recommend you check the following site before travel.


For more information on Abu Dhabi Medical Care and Facilities, including local hospitals and clinics, click here.

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