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1. Posted by njevdet (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I have a British passport how long can I stay in Thailand for we want to go for a year in all.
Also what vacinations should I have.

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Njevdet

With a British passport, u can get a 30 day visa, free of charge, on arrival in Thailand. If u want to extend it, u can do so, for a fee, at the immigration office.

I will look up the vaccionatin info, for u and then post it here.

Mel

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Vaccinations

The only vaccine required by international regulations is for yellow fever. U will only have to show proof of vaccination, if u have visited a country, in the yellow fever zone, within the last 6 days, before entering South East Asia.

The vaccinations I got.

Hepatitis A
This provides 100% protection and lasts for 10 to 20 years, provided u get a booster shot, witin 6 months of vaccination.

Polio
Since u have probably been vaccinated, when u were a baby, u will only need one booster, that will last a lifetime.

If u have not had chicken pox, u need a vaccination.

Typhoid
U can get this in pills or an injection. It lasts for 3 years. But it only provides 70% protection.

Rabies
I got this, only because I was bitten by a monkey, in Thailand. U can get a vaccination, before u travel, if u want, but there is no need. It is OK, to get it after being bitten.

There are other vaccinations, but I dont bother to get them. I think they are less important. But let me know, if u want information about them.

Mel

4. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

you can also get a vacination against hepatitis b! however that is only recommened if you plan to sleep with thai women (you need 3 injections with this in a few weeks)! or if you are riding around in mopeds (ie you crash your moped and cut your leg open on a dirty road) stick to the big roads and not back back / side roads.

what Mel fails to say...having the rabies vacination does not prevent rabies! it only means that if you are in a remote part and not near any hospitals then recommened to having this!
if you are in tourist locations and big citys, then you dont need it! if you get bitten by a monkey for example...you need to see a doctor within 24 hours (without rabies vacination),(with rabies vacination) it can be a few days so im told before you need to see a doctor...if you are days away from a city. whenever ever bitten you have to drop what you do and seek professional help.

getting all these injections are one thing but one is told to avoid eating fish in thailand, stick to bottle water..KEEP AWAY from swimming in fresh water! as all kinds of bacteria grow in fresh water.

always eat food that has been cooked and pipping hot! this kills of any baceria that could be there.

ALSO keep away from salads!

Another thing about Hepatitis A concerning what Mel said. what she says is right, but i dont understand the 6 month part because i dont have to get a booster shot for 12 months...

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 15, 2007, at 2:23 AM by oslaue ]

5. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

Mel is also missing one important vacination because i got vacinated against 4 things...and rabies was not one of them.

ill let you know when i get home but it begins with D i think...

6. Posted by JAY_H (Full Member 69 posts) 9y

Quoting oslaue

Mel is also missing one important vacination because i got vacinated against 4 things...and rabies was not one of them.

ill let you know when i get home but it begins with D i think...

Your thinking of Diptheria i think. Ive had to get that for my stay in S.E.A
Id recomend getting Rabies. Thats one nasty way to die and i wouldnt take any risks.

I got everything but i want to know that im going taking no risks!

These are:
Typhoid
Polio
Diptheria
Tetnas
Rabies
Hep B
Hep A
Japanese Encepalites (Spelt completly wrong, i cant read my dr's writing, basically you need it if your going to be there during monsoon season when the mozzies are in full biting swing, its to prevent brain damage or something)
Malaria tablets
Meningitas (maybe)

Up to you really speak to your dr but thats the long list of what ive had... ouch!!!

7. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

Diptheria! yes thats the one John!
wow John...lots of injections and money spent!

njevdet - a lot depends on what time of year you to go thailand, how long you plan to spend in thailand, even where abouts in thailand you go.

in some respects you dont need malaria tablets if you stay in the city! of bangkok but if you go to the border regions of thailand in relation to north thailand apparently its riddled with malaria!

with rabies...one does not have to be bitten from a monkey. it can be a dog, horse, cat etc....

you should already have a Meningitas injection...:) hopefully!

8. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 9y

I went to Kenya with the Army in 1999 and had jabs.I cant remember what i had but i imagine it would of been everything with it coming from the Army.That was 8 years ago , so i was curious if i was still covered.

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Yes, Oslaue

One can also get vaccinated against Diptheria, and a number of other things, if one wants to.
I just listed the ones I have been vaccinated against.
And like i said, u can get the rabies shot, after bite. No need to get it, just in case u get bitten. That is what I did. Being bitten is rare, for most people.

Mel

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 15, 2007, at 5:29 AM by Mel. ]