Vaccinations for travel to south africa

Vaccination center for foreign travel

Travelers should be up to date with their childhood and adult immunizations. These vaccinations 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 illness, may be at higher risk of infectious disease and should be up-to-date with additional recommended vaccinations.

In South Africa, there are high altitude points such as Mafadi Peak 3,450m. It is possible to suffer from altitude sickness.  Its definition and prevention are detailed in the section “Take care of your trip”.

There is a risk of chikungunya, a viral infection transmitted by diurnal and urban mosquitoes. It causes a flu-like illness. To avoid it, mosquito bites should be avoided, there are no medicines or vaccines. In case of fever, headache and/or tiredness you should go as soon as possible to the doctor, especially to a Tropical Medicine and International Health service to rule out malaria.

Vaccinations to enter South Africa

It is recommended to have the current vaccination schedule up to date (including MMR – measles, rubella and mumps – and polio). In addition, the following vaccines are recommended and can be administered at your health center.

The administration of other vaccines such as rabies, cholera or meningitis will depend on the individual characteristics of the traveler and associated risks (long periods of stay -more than 1 month-, close contact with animals, lodging, health cooperation, visit to endemic rural areas…) and can be administered in an international vaccination center.

In general, most vaccines are administered in health centers by your primary care physician, except for yellow fever, which is administered in international vaccination centers.

A certificate of vaccination is often required for all travelers coming from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission, and sometimes for travelers in transit through such countries (even for a few hours at the airport). However, a 2010 meeting of yellow fever experts concluded that when airport transit is less than 12 hours, the risk of yellow fever is almost non-existent and therefore a vaccination certificate may not be required. More information about yellow fever

Requirements to travel to south africa from colombia

It is also important to get information about the health coverage of the country of destination and our medical 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).

The information provided by this medium can in no way replace a direct medical care service, nor should it be used for the purpose of making a diagnosis, or choosing a treatment in particular cases.

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What we indicate below is the information of what we believe to be essential, but each trip and destination needs to be studied in detail to check that we did not forget anything important before starting the adventure.

But let’s develop this a little more and although we can say that South Africa has a temperate climate that reminds us of the Mediterranean climate, with mild and rainy winters and warm and sunny summers, but this always depends on the altitude and in the area where you are, as being a country with such a large this can vary.

European Union citizens do not require a visa to enter South Africa for stays of less than 90 days and the passport must be valid for at least 30 days from the day of entry into the country and have two blank pages.

To enter Swaziland it is necessary to have a valid passport with a minimum validity of 3 months from the day of entry into the country and must have at least 3 blank pages. Visas are issued at the borders.

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