Discovered by the Portuguese in 1501, Ascension remains an uninhabited island which is located in the Atlantic ocean, just south of the equator.
Travel Health Information
vaccinations for travelling here
Although the island is a British Overseas Territory, healthcare services are not free to visitors, so you’ll need to acquire adequate travel insurance before travelling here. There is however a good level of healthcare provision on the island, including a small hospital which is able to treat routine or minor injuries and illnesses. It is advised that visitors bring a sufficient supply of any needed prescription medicines as access to these may be limited whilst visiting the island.
It is also worth noting that while many people visit Ascension to enjoy the beautiful beaches for swimming and diving, there is no rescue service or decompression facility on the island.
Infections and Outbreaks
These frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:
- Food and water hygiene
- Insect and animal bite avoidances
- Personal safety
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Sun protection
- Altitude sickness
Malaria is not usually present in Ascension.
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