Immunisation, vaccine and travel advice for Iran.


1. Rural south-eastern provinces and north along border with Azerbaijan (Ardabil) & Turkmenistan (North  Khorasan), from March to November:

Recommended adult regimen:

Proguanil 200mg daily plus chloroquine base 310mg (2 tablets) or 300mg (30ml of 50mg/5ml syrup) weekly. Begin one week before travel to affected area and continue for four weeks after leaving.

Alternative regimen:

Healthcare professionals only may check with the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) on 0845 6026712 (9.00-11.45am & 1.00-3.45pm, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri; 9.00-11.45am, Wed; closed on Bank Holidays).

2. Rest of the country:

There is low to no risk of malaria. Advise mosquito bite avoidance.


Travellers should be up to date with routinely recommended vaccinations according to the routine UK immunisation programme.

Vaccination could be considered for travellers whose activities put them at increased risk, including those visiting friends and relatives, and frequent or long-stay travellers to areas where sanitation and food hygiene are likely to be poor.

Hepatitis A
Vaccination recommended for all previously unvaccinated travellers. Hepatitis A vaccine is well tolerated and affords long-lasting protection.

Hepatitis B
Vaccination recommended for travellers whose activities or medical history put them at increased risk, including those who may have unprotected sex, those who may be exposed to contaminated needles (eg, through injecting drug use or receiving medical or dental care), those who may be exposed to blood or body fluids through their work (eg, health workers), long-stay travellers, those who are participating in contact sports and families adopting children from this country.

Vaccination recommended for travellers whose activities put them at increased risk, including those at risk due to their work (eg, health workers or those working with animals), those travelling to areas where access to post-exposure treatment and medical care is limited, those planning higher risk activities such as running or cycling, and long-stay travellers.

Vaccination recommended for travellers whose activities or medical history put them at increased risk, including aid workers and travellers those going to areas of cholera outbreaks who have limited access to safe water and medical care.

Yellow fever
International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) equired if arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission or having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a risk country.

- applies to children from 9 months.

If a receiving country requires an ICVP as a condition of entry, and the individual should not receive the vaccine on medical grounds, a letter of medical exemption can be considered.

Travellers should have completed a primary vaccination course according to the UK schedule. If travelling to a country where medical facilities may be limited, a booster dose of a tetanus-containing vaccine is recommended if the last dose was more than ten years ago even if five doses of vaccine have been given previously.

Further information

Abbreviated information provided by the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). Refer to the Iran page on for full details.

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