International travel and health

Medical examination after travel

Travellers should be advised to have a medical examination on their return if they:

  • return with a fever from a country where malaria is or may be present, so that malaria can be excluded as a cause of their illness
  • suffer from a chronic disease, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, or chronic respiratory disease or have been taking anticoagulants;
  • experience illness in the weeks following their return home, particularly if fever, persistent diarrhoea, vomiting, jaundice, urinary disorders, skin disease or genital infection occurs;
  • they received treatment for malaria while travelling;
  • may have been exposed to a serious infectious disease while travelling;
  • have spent more than 3 months in a developing country.

Travellers should provide medical personnel with information on recent travel, including destination, and purpose and duration of visit. Frequent travellers should give details of all journeys that have taken place in the preceding weeks and months including pre-travel vaccinations received and malaria chemoprophylaxis taken.