Travel Vaccinations for South Africa

The table below provides a general guide as to the Travel Vaccinations that may be advised to you for travel to South Africa

Recommended Vaccinations for South Africa at a Glance
All Travellers: MMR, DTaP
Most Travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Some Travellers: Hepatitis B, Rabies

Vaccination Major Risk Factors Course Price
MMR Person-to-Person Course of Two £60
DTaP Person-to-Person Single Dose £50
Typhoid Person-to-Person Single Dose £65
Hepatitis A Person-to-Person Single Dose £86
Hepatitis B Person-to-Person Course of Three £66
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intramuscular £66
Rabies Person-to-Person Course of Three - intradermal £66

South Africa occupies the tip of Southern Africa with BotswanaNamibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique as its neighbours.

There is No Risk of Yellow Fever in South Africa

Keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) before travelling.

Advice for Travellers to all Destinations

The Vaccinations and Medications that are needed for travel vary from person-to-person. Everyone should have a personal risk assessment with a travel health professional to take into account a range of factors such as itinerary, medical condition, occupational and lifestyle risk factors and previous vaccination history.

All Travellers

All Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with Routine Vaccinations including Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio and Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Most Travellers

Most travellers will also need to consider a course or booster of Hepatitis A and Typhoid as there is a risk of these diseases across most parts of the world.

Some Travellers

Some Travellers may also be advised additional vaccinations such as Rabies, Japanese Encephalitis and Hepatitis B based on their individual risk assessment.

Risk of Malaria in South Africa

Malaria is spread by the plasmodium parasite passed to humans from the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Malaria is a serious illness with symptoms include fever, chills, sweats and flu like symptoms. In severe cases, malaria can be fatal. There isn’t currently a vaccine available for our travellers, although there are other ways to protect yourself, see Malaria Information for Travellers.

There is a Low to No Risk of Malaria across most of South Africa, however there is a High Risk in the low altitude regions of the Mpumalanga and Limpopo Province which includes Kruger National Park. Travellers are advised however to be risk assessed for travel to South Africa.

Malaria Prevention

Travellers to areas where there is a Risk of Malaria should get advice regarding Malaria Medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing. The type of medication required depends on your destination, itinerary, length of stay and current medical condition. Further reduce the risk of by practicing mosquito Bite Avoidance by using Insect Repellent such as DEET 50% and covering exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.

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Further Travel Health Advice for South Africa

The South African climate is mostly temperate, with extreme heat in the South-West, coastal regions. Summer temperatures can rise to 33 or higher. Remember to apply sunblock (SPV at least 15). See Heat and Sunburn for further information.

South Africa has a high level of crime. Travellers to tourist regions are generally safe, and the authorities give high priority to the safety of tourists. Incidents of break-ins and robberies are common. Keep up-to-date with the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) before travelling to South Africa.

The entry requirements for South Africa are such that immigration officials can ask to see the birth certificate of any child you are travelling with, particularly if the parent’s surnames are different. While this has been relaxed and is less common for British nationals to be asked, it’s good to be aware that it could happen as part of your entry requirements

Street dogs and cats are not uncommon in South Africa. If you get bitten or scratched, you will need to get urgent medical attention. Animal bites expose you to a range of infections including rabies.

South Africa’s food is delicious and varied, from the cuisine of different indigenous peoples, as well as food brought over, created and merged during the various waves of colonisation.

We thoroughly recommend checking out all the different types of local cuisine, but be aware that contamination is a possibility. In 2018, South Africa experienced one of the world’s worst outbreaks of food contamination. Get the right vaccinations for South Africa that you need for your type of trip and don’t eat anywhere that doesn’t look sanitary.