Although most passengers may have already had vaccinations as children, boosters or new immunisations may be required depending on the destination. It is recommended that you consult your doctor or local travel health clinic 4-6 weeks prior to travel to get appropriate advice on health precautions to take and immunisations required for the places you will be visiting. Make sure you carry all immunisation certificates in your cabin baggage together with your travel documents.
- We strongly recommend passengers purchase travel insurance that provide sufficient cover for illness, injury or accidents that may result in treatment or repatriation. This is particularly important for adventure holidays, skiing and diving trips.
- Bear in mind that healthcare facilities in the destination country may not be as good as what is available at home, particularly in remote destinations or developing countries. It is better not to travel to such places if you are pregnant or have a medical condition that may require access to advanced healthcare facilities. If you are taking 'adventure holidays', make sure that adequate facilities are available if you are injured and need urgent treatment.
- If you need to take any medication on a regular basis, make sure you have enough in your cabin baggage for the journey plus 1 or 2 extra days. We recommend you carry your prescriptions with you to avoid problems at customs. For more details please also read “Carriage of Medications/Sharps”.
- It is better to pack 2 lighter items of check-in baggage than 1 very heavy bag, as that may cause injury when being handled.
- Try to get a good night's sleep before your flight as this helps to avoid additional problems with jet lag.
- Eat lightly before your flight to avoid indigestion.
- It is better to wear generously cut, comfortable clothes made from natural fibers for air travel and comfortable shoes or boots with sufficient room to accommodate a small amount of swelling which may occur after long periods of sitting.
- Make sure you arrive at the airport with sufficient time to check in.
- You may consider carrying a small kit with basic medical items with you while you are travelling. Consult your own doctor for advice to individualise the content based on your itinerary and medical history. Be sure to check what items you can carry and can’t take onboard the plane or into the destination country.
More information is available on the following websites:
Hong Kong Travel Health Service
World Health Organisation
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention