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Medical requirements for all ships visiting the Pitcairn Islands
updated 21-May-2009

Although yellow fever is not a disease risk in Pitcairn Islands (U.K.), the government requires travellers arriving from countries where yellow fever is present to present proof of yellow fever vaccination.  Be sure routine vaccinations are up to date, including seasonal influenza, chickenpox, polio,  Hepatitis A, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT).  Other vaccinations may be indicated for travellers with special health risks (check with your doctor). There are no diseases endemic to the Pitcairn Islands however the small Pitcairn community is vulnerable to diseases that may be carried by visitors.  Travellers who are unwell on arrival should attend their ship's doctor.  It is expected that Captains will routinely declare the health of passengers and crew before landing on Pitcairn.

With respect to Influenza A H1N1, Pitcairn has introduced quarantine regulations requiring a declaration of health of passengers and crew and notification of places visited during the 10 days prior to arrival at Pitcairn.  The Pitcairn Island doctor will communicate with the ship's doctor. When there is doubt about fitness to land on Pitcairn, a brief medical examination may be required, including measurement of body temperature. These precautions may be varied according to new information from WHO and the Pacific Public Health Surveillance Network.
Rainwater is collected into storage tanks on Pitcairn and is safe for drinking. Waste management is basic and visitors should observe good personal sanitation.
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Pitcairn Islands Office
P.O. Box 105 696
Ph. +64 9 366 0186
Fax +64 9 366 0187
Email admin@pitcairn.gov.pn
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