Food and tap water are generally safe in South Africa. When coming from a country in tropical South America or Sub-Saharan African, a yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required.
This applies to any person over one year of age. In South Africa, there is no risk of yellow fever. Malaria is encountered in northern and eastern Mpumalanga, Northern Kwazulu Natal and some areas in the Northern- and North West Provinces. Transmission of malaria is the highest during the rainy season, i.e. November to April. It is recommended to take anti- malaria tablets before entering any of the above regions (consult your GP or pharmacist for details). Also, ensure that you are well covered with mosquito repellent.
If you are bitten by a wild or domestic animal a rabies and tetanus vaccination is advised. The following vaccines are recommended for health care workers and other persons who will be in close contact with the local population: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid. For adults, as needed, a booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria, measles and a one-time dose of polio vaccine. Important: With effect from 1st July 2011 if you are flying to South Africa (including being in transit) from a Yellow Fever Zone, you must have a Yellow Fever Certificate stating that you have been immunized at least 10 days prior, or an exemption certificate (if applicable). This includes (but is not limited to) travelling from Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda or Kenya.
We suggest you consult your GP or nearest travel clinic for the most up-to-the-minute advice.