Travel Vaccinations & Immunisation

The delivery of travel vaccines in Scotland has changed and is moving away from General Practice. As of the 1st April 2022, travel vaccinations will now be delivered by individual Health Boards. NHS Lothian Travel Clinic Hub is situated at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.  Patients are strongly advised to visit

Home - Fit for Travel for information and advice.

Details for the Lothian Travel Clinic Hub:

NHS Lothian Travel Clinic Hub – Travel Clinics

It is up to the individual travelling to find out restrictions/entry requirements of the countries they are visiting.  This includes obtaining any certification with regards to Covid vaccinations and status.


Useful website:

For advice and information on travel health please visit Fit for Travel website.

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below: 

Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific

It is important to make the initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.

Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.

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