If you are planning a visit to Bilga General Hospital, either as a visitor or as a volunteer, please check the visa requirements on the website of the Indian Consulate-General in Birmingham.

If you are volunteering to work at the hospital, you will first need to have been approved by the Bilga General Hospital Charitable Trust, who will advise you on the applicable visa.


Vaccinations are strongly recommended for travellers to India. The following guide may help:

Disease Vaccination When to see a Doctor
Typhoid Recommended 10 days before travel
Hepatitis A Recommended 2 weeks before travel
Diphtheria Recommended 3 months before travel
Tuberculosis Sometimes recommended 3 months before travel
Hepatitis B Sometimes recommended 2 months before travel
Rabies Sometimes recommended 1 month before travel
Meningococcal Meningitis Not Required
Cholera Sometimes recommended 2 weeks before travel
Yellow Fever If arriving from an infected area 10 days before travel
Japanese B encephalitis Sometimes recommended 1 month before travel
Tick-borne encephalitis Not Required

Recommendations that are marked "Sometimes recommended" should be considered as "Strongly recommended" if a person is travelling frequently or spending extended time in that country. All travellers are advised to ensure that tetanus and polio vaccinations are kept up to date. Recommendations do change from time to time and it is important to discuss your personal requirements with your doctor.


There is a risk of malaria in all parts of South Asia except the high mountains, and appropriate preventive medicines are required, along with measures to avoid mosquito bites, such as nets and creams. Please consult your GP.

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