Health and vaccinations
Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to region and recent bulletins issued by health authorities. It’s essential to get the latest advice on the regions you’re planning to travel to, and that you check with either your doctor or a travel clinic in good time before you leave.
As a tour operator we’re unable to give medical advice, so refer you instead to either the World Health Organisation or National Travel Health Network & Centre for further details or to contact a professional medical travel clinic.
We strongly recommend that you check the vaccines required for a region through these sources, and if there is a recommended requirement to take malaria prevention tablets. We also strongly recommend you complete any courses of vaccines that you are prescribed.
In general, please make sure that you have sun lotion and a hat for sun protection, as well as remembering to stay hydrated whilst on the trip – you should drink at least 2 litres of water per day (and more if you are doing any physical exercise or travelling to higher altitudes).
For any travel health queries you may have in the lead up to your departure we have partnered with Nomad Travel, to provide the Dragoman Travel Health Line service. This is a free service for our UK customers as we know that getting accurate advice can be difficult. Please call +44 (0)800 808 5739, where you will be able to speak to specialist nurses and have any travel health queries answered.
We’ve been working with Nomad Travel in the UK for years, and Dragoman customers are entitled to 10% off all Nomad vaccinations at any Nomad Travel Clinic as well as 20% off kit and equipment purchased at Nomad online or in-store. Their website also has comprehensive, up-to-date vaccination and health information.
All of our trucks have a standard motorist's first aid kit on board for use in emergency situations only. The first aid kit is in compliance with UK standards for first aid provision within motor vehicles, and contain supplies to treat road side injuries. We do not carry prescription medications, therefore in addition to this we recommend that you purchase your own personal medical kit.
In the UK we have teamed up with Nomad Travel Stores and Clinics to produce travel medical kits. They have been designed in conjunction with the truck kits and contain everything you would need for any minor incidents and health issues. For more details please visit their website:
Overlander kit (including painkillers) - www.nomadtravel.co.uk/p/2910/Overlander-Medical-Kit-(P)
Independent kit (including painkillers and antibiotics) - www.nomadtravel.co.uk/p/2909/Independent-Medical-Kit-(POM)
Local health facilities vary greatly in their frequency and quality depending on the region you are travelling in, but if there is a medical emergency during your trip the crew will make it priority for the affected person to be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible (this is one of reasons we always have 2 crew on board our trucks). In this situation, the crew can also liaise with the operations team at the Dragoman head office and the affected person’s insurance company to find the best solution for the situation.
Medications in Central Asia
Please note that as of 2014 all medications containing tramadol, codeine, temazepam, morphine, opiates or any containing similar constituent components have been made illegal in Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. This includes many over-the-counter medicines that are commonly available elsewhere, such as Nurofen!
It is very important that you do not bring any medications such as this - they will treat this as though you were bringing illegal narcotics into the country, even if you have a prescription or a doctor's note.