What immunizations do I need to travel to South Africa?

I’m heading to Capetown in April, and I want to be prepared. I’m also curious how I find out about any special visa requirements.


  1. Summary of recommendations:

    All travelers should visit either their personal physician or a travel health clinic 4-8 weeks before departure.

    Malaria: Prophylaxis with Lariam, Malarone, or doxycycline is recommended for travel to low-altitude areas of the Mpumalanga Province (including Kruger Natonal Park), Northern Province, and northeastern KwaZulu-Natal as far south as the Tugela River.
    Vaccinations: Hepatitis A
    Recommended for all travelers

    Recommended for all travelers

    Yellow fever
    Required for travelers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas

    One-time booster recommended for any adult traveler who completed the childhood series but never had polio vaccine as an adult

    Hepatitis B
    For travelers who may have intimate contact with local residents, especially if visiting for more than 6 months

    For travelers who may have direct contact with animals and may not have access to medical care

    Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)
    Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1956, if not previously given

    Revaccination recommended every 10 years

    Visa information:

  2. stormflutter says:

    i live in ct,and i can assure you that you will love it here. just check your health before you come,there’s no malaria or anything else lifethreatening here at all., make sure that you have a sunscreen with a factor of 40 or more and slap it on. other than that,ct is you average city:)
    enjoy,hope that you will be safe!

    oh,dont walk around with your camera out in the open,that makes you look like a tourist and you will get targeted!