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I’m getting tattooed in Bali, do I need vaccines?

Page last updated 10 December 2018

Tattoo parlours overseas may not have the same health standards as we have here in Australia. There is a risk of contracting diseases such as HIV. Hepatitis B and C, as well as other skin infections. Vaccinations are available against hepatitis B, but not for the other diseases. Talk to your doctor before you go. 

Try to avoid temporary tattoos, usually made from black henna, which contains a dye that can cause serious skin reactions


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Sources & Citations

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Information for Travelers to Indonesia. Available at: [accessed 18 May 2018]
  2. Australian Government. Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Indonesia. Available at: [accessed 18 May 2018].

SPANZ.STAMA.18.04.0148 - Date of preparation July 2018