Qatar 2022: travel requirements, visas and vaccinations
Passengers coming from countries where yellow fever exists must be vaccinated. The vaccination 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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Learn about the vaccinations required to travel to African countries. We inform you about the vaccinations required by each African country to protect against Yellow Fever, Malaria and other diseases.
Vaccinations for travel to African countries are usually the polio vaccine, yellow fever, tetanus, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, cholera or meningococcal meningitis, but it is not necessary to get all of them. It depends on the destination, as for example there is a special type of vaccine for traveling to Kenya, as there are also vaccines to go to South Africa different from the other regions.
The first recommendation if you are about to travel to countries in Africa, Asia or South America is to go to the doctor. He/she will be the one who will be able to inform you accurately and clearly if you need to take any medication or get vaccinated before traveling to any of these destinations.
Vaccination against yellow fever is carried out for two different purposes: 1. To prevent the international spread of the disease by protecting countries from the risk of importation or spread of the yellow fever virus.
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Travelers must be up to date with their childhood and adult immunizations. These vaccines include, for example, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccines.
Some travelers, either because of their age, work, lifestyle or underlying illnesses, may be at higher risk of infectious disease, so they should be up-to-date with additional recommended vaccinations.
In Tanzania there are high altitude points such as Mount Kilimanjaro at 5,895m. It is possible to suffer from altitude sickness. Its definition and prevention are detailed in the section “Take care of your trip”.
Dengue and chikungunya are viral infections transmitted by diurnal and urban mosquitoes. They cause a flu-like illness, severe dengue fever is rare in travelers. To avoid it, mosquito bites should be avoided; there are no medications or vaccines. In case of fever, headache and/or tiredness you should see a doctor as soon as possible, especially a Tropical Medicine and International Health service to rule out malaria.
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If you decide to travel to Africa, you are exposed to tropical infectious diseases and to natural elements of the trip itself such as heat, humidity, consumption of unsafe food and water, and mosquitoes. That is why in such circumstances the traveler should remember the general recommendations given to him at the International Health Center.
Most African countries have very basic health infrastructures, except for private health care, which is very expensive. Regardless of the country of destination, it is highly recommended to have travel insurance. It is important that the insurance includes:
To avoid diarrhea it is advisable to eat freshly cooked, boiled or fried food, drink packaged or boiled products, such as coffee or tea, and brush your teeth with bottled water, boiled or disinfected with water purification tablets. Avoid street foods, raw food, seafood or fruit peeled by others, as well as ice cubes, dairy products, unboiled, unpackaged or unsealed beverages, or natural fruit juices. Vaccination for hepatitis A and typhoid fever is required.