Health and Safety
India is generally considered a safe country to travel in although there are some issues that you may have to deal with on a trip here. Pick pocketing and light theft, such as theft of bank cards and passports, is common and it can be a long and difficult process to sort this out if it happens to you. As such exercise caution and use common sense such as leaving some of your valuables in a hotel safe if they have one.
Women travelers to India can expect a level of attention that they may not be used to back home and it is important to be careful, although many women travel to India alone without any problems. You can expect to be stared at a lot and there can be issues of inappropriate touching particularly on public transport. Sexual assault is also an issue in India for both local woman and foreigners who have been targeted in the past. Avoid travelling alone at night in remote areas and if possible travel in groups after dark.
General vaccinations recommended for all travelers to India include diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus, yellow fever, hepatitis B and Japanese encephalitis.
Dengue fever is prevalent in India and visitors should take precautions to avoid being bitten. These include using insect repellent, avoiding going out at dusk, and covering up using long sleeved clothes at night. There is no vaccination or treatment as such for dengue fever.
The risk of malaria is low in many parts of India although there are seasonal outbreaks in areas around the north-eastern states so if you plan to travel here then make sure to consult with a health care professional and consider taking anti-malarials.
With regards to healthcare in India the level of treatment you can expect will depend on where you are. In rural areas don’t expect the standards to be as high and if you become seriously ill you will need to get to a big city as soon as possible. We always recommend to have a good travel insurance with decent coverage, so you are prepared if something does happen. For some more general information, you can check our section about health precautions.