Qatar 2022: travel requirements, visas and vaccinations
It is also important to find out about the health coverage of the country of destination and our health insurance. It is also important to seek advice on what food to eat or what hygiene measures to take.
Africa is a continent with a wide diversity of fauna, landscapes, traditions and customs. The contrasts from rural areas to urban areas are remarkable, you can go from a place full of vegetation to large deserts. Special care should be taken with the origin of food and drink.
The recommended vaccinations are those that are recommended because of the probability of contracting the disease in the country of destination. Africa, with its diversity of countries, recommends vaccination against poliomyelitis, yellow fever (for those older than 9 months), tetanus-diphtheria, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, cholera or meningococcal meningitis (in some countries such as Libya).
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Passengers coming from countries where yellow fever is present must be vaccinated. The vaccine is required at least 10 days prior to arrival in South Africa. The South African health authorities require that all passengers coming on a flight or making a stopover in a country where yellow fever exists (Argentina, Brazil) must be vaccinated. For further information, please consult the International Vaccination Center of the Hospital del Salvador.
Malaria is found in limited areas of South Africa, mainly the lowland areas (below 1,000 meters) of Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Cases of infection may occur in the North West and Northern Cape provinces, along the Molopo and Orange rivers. A map, produced by the South African Ministry of Health, which you will find below the link to this document, shows the malaria areas in the country. It is advisable to consult a physician for preventive treatment.
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Yes, some vaccinations are recommended for visiting North and West Africa. The WHO and ISTM recommend the following vaccines: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, yellow fever, rabies, polio, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), meningitis, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), and influenza.
Traveler’s diarrhea can be a serious risk for travelers in North and West Africa. Medical facilities often lack resources, which means you should bring what you might need.
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Vaccinations required to travel to Kenya or TanzaniaBefore traveling to Tanzania or Kenya, you must go to the International Vaccination Center of the city where you reside. There, the traveler will be duly informed of the necessary vaccinations and precautions depending on the trip he/she intends to make. It is also there where the corresponding prescriptions will be received, in order to buy the medicines. The vaccination center must be visited at least 15 days before the trip, since vaccines and prophylaxis require a previous application time to be effective.
Mandatory vaccinations: Yellow fever (A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travelers coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission. Even if flying or making a stopover in these countries in case it is more than 12 hours). It is necessary to take into account that this vaccine may produce mild fevers in the days following its application.
Vaccines generally recommended: Hepatitis A, Tetanus-diphtheria/Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, Triple Viral. In some special cases, if you are going to be in very local areas, Typhoid and Cholera may also be recommended.