Do I need vaccinations?


Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for South Africa although not essential – this depends on you and your local GP.

The National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for South Africa: COVID-19, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, and tetanus. Source: Passport to Global Health and WHO

When visiting South Africa from the UK, a few precautions should be taken to ensure you stay safe. Mosquito bite prevention and sun safety should be practiced, and care should be taken when eating and drinking in areas with poor sanitation. It’s also important to get properly vaccinated. Make sure you visit our Vaccination Checker to receive your personalized travel health summary.

Before you leave for South Africa, you should make an appointment with your GP or a travel clinic to discuss your individual requirements. You should do this six to eight weeks before you fly to South Africa, as some of the common travel vaccines must be administered over the course of a month. Source: Lloyds Pharmacy

COVID – If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to take a coronavirus test to travel to South Africa. You may need to present your vaccination certificate during travel and on arrival. Unvaccinated people may need to provide a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel. Source:

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