Ricky Batten

Important vaccinations for teachers moving to Thailand

What are the most common requirements when it comes to vaccines?

Before you become a teacher in Thailand, there are many things you have to get done. And of those things is getting vaccinated. 

Teaching abroad can be an exciting experience, and Thailand has long been a favoured destination for teachers. Before moving to the Land of Smiles, it’s highly recommended to be up-to-date on several vaccinations to protect yourself from any unwanted diseases or illnesses.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here are the recommended vaccines you need before coming to Thailand. 

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B

Hepatitis A and B are illnesses that are mainly spread by consuming contaminated food or water or coming into contact with infected blood. Given the potential exposure dangers in educational environments, it is necessary that teachers receive vaccinations against it.


Rabies is a viral infection transmitted through animal bites or scratches. While the risk is relatively low, teachers who may come into close contact with animals should be aware of the importance of rabies vaccination.


Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection transmitted through contaminated food or water. Teachers should consider getting vaccinated to minimize the risk of contracting this illness.

Japanese Encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis is a viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, and it is prevalent in rural areas of Thailand. Teachers planning to stay or work in mosquito-prone areas should strongly consider this vaccination.

Yellow Fever and Malaria

Another couple of illnesses spread by mosquitoes, Yellow Fever and Malaria. If you’re moving to Thailand with a child younger than a year old, yellow fever vaccination is required, especially in rural areas, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. A parasite that causes malaria infects people when they are bitten by a mosquito. Similar to yellow fever, vaccinations for malaria are advised if you plan to teach in rural Thailand. 


You are no longer required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination when you arrive in Thailand, however, receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can contribute to a safer teaching environment in Thailand. 

Speak with your School

While the above vaccinations are generally recommended for teachers in Thailand, it is essential to consult with your school before you visit the hospital for any vaccinations. Factors such as your medical history, current health status, and specific rules or requirements may influence the vaccine recommendations tailored to your individual needs.

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Prioritizing your health is important when starting your teaching career in Thailand. In order to protect yourself and your students from diseases or illnesses, vaccination plays a key role. Do you know what else plays a key role? A comprehensive health insurance

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