True/false on shots for Panama canal cruise?

We're thinking about a 18 days cruise through the Panama canal in 2020. Now we're hearing that we need shots (malaria) and such. We never needed shots before going to the Caribbean Islands. Is it true and will they let you know when booking?  🤔  2 Texas Gal's 

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9 Answers

We were not required to have shots for our transit! Unless there is a new requirement the answer is false. I suggest you call the cruise line for the definitive answer!

Not required--just a suggestion/recommendation. You should probably ask your doctor.

Thanks! 2 Texas Gal's. B)

We just transited the canal ten days ago, still on the ship. No vaccinations required. Saw no mosquitoes either. This was our third canal, two full transits and one partial. First was in 1991, no vaccinations required back then either. Now hurricanes are another story? Wish we could have taken a shot to ward off hurricanes.

Define shots...……...hehehehe

The first I have heard of this requirement. It would be wise to check it out with the cruise line you booked with.

For Yankee, they will be selling the shots on board, at any barBig Smile

For the OP, I don't think they are required, but you should get with your doctor for his professional advice.

Also, nlcdn has great advice - check with the cruise line to make sure they didn't change the rules.

Been to Panama Canal 3 times and no shots required, they warn you (Carnival) about Zika virus. I can handle Texas skeeters, I can handle them anywhere. Heading to Panama for the 4th time still no shots required.

Most government sites CDC or will maintain a list of travel advisaries which usually includes recommended vaccinations for certain areas. Usually things like typhoid, paratyphoid, hep A and hep B etc. Or you can tell your doctor where you are traveling to and ask them for recommendations. A few years ago the wife and I did a repo cruise that went through the southern and western Caribbean and there were a few vaccinations that were recommended. Some of those are a one time shot but some require 2 or 3 shots spaced a month or so apart so best to check early.


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