Are Immunizations Needed for Caribbean Travel?

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Question: Are Immunizations Needed for Caribbean Travel?

Answer: Generally, no. However, outbreaks of tropical diseases do occur on rare occasions, so your best bet is to check the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Travel Health website for the latest updates before you go.

Health Information for Caribbean Travel​

Some of the nastiest health bugs in the world fall under the category of "tropical diseases." Fortunately, the Caribbean is generally blessed with a healthy environment and clean water supplies, and few visitors experience serious health problems when traveling to the islands. So, visitors to the region generally are not required to undergo immunization.  Still, the Caribbean is not immune from the occasional outbreak of tropical diseases like malaria, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does recommend that visitors to certain islands get up to date on their immunizations before they leave home.

The CDC's Traveler's Health website provides a wealth of information on healthy travels, including country-by-country guides that include current travel warnings, information on safety and security, local diseases and health concerns, and preventative tips. Here are the CDC's travel health destination guides for the islands of the Caribbean:


Antigua and Barbuda


The Bahamas







St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Eustatius (Statia)

St. Maarten and St. Martin

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Trinidad and Tobago

Turks and Caicos