Practice Contractual Requirement to Provide Travel Vaccinations

A practice CANNOT opt out of giving travel vaccinations, it is part of the core contract.

Travel vaccinations that must be given for free to all registered patients

These vaccinations must be given as part of NHS provision though GMS essential services, and no fee can be charged to a registered patient:

  • cholera
  • hepatitis A
  • paratyphoid
  • poliomyelitis
  • smallpox
  • typhoid.

Vaccinations that are not free

These vaccinations are not free on the NHS:

  • Japanese encephalitis and tick-borne encephalitis
  • meningitis vaccines
  • rabies
  • tuberculosis (TB)
  • yellow fever.


The practice may charge a registered patient if the vaccination is requested for travel.

The patient may either be given a private prescription to get the vaccines or charged for stock purchased and held by the practice. Administration is also chargeable.

An FP10 (or equivalent NHS prescription) must not be used to provide these vaccines.


First Published
27 May 2022
Updated On
13 July 2023
Due to be Reviewed
13 July 2025
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