This page contains the main health risks for travellers and general recommendations. Travel conditions are different for everyone and each patient's health condition varies. Discuss your trip during a travel consultation with your doctor or in a travel clinic, preferably six to eight weeks before departure.
Important health risks
In the Sahara there is no risk of malaria in most places, except in some colonies there is a low risk of malaria. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.
In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.
There is a risk of yellow fever, except in the Sahara.
Other insect-borne diseases
Ticks can transmit diseases such as African tick bite fever.
Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.
There is a risk of infection with schistosomiasis when swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers.
You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.
Girls who visit their family in this country are sometimes circumcised.
Other possible infections
Other frequent health risks while travelling
Read these tips before you leave.
Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Vaccination is mandatory from the age of nine months:
- If you are departing from another country where yellow fever can occur (see maps).
This vaccination must be administered at least ten days prior to arrival by an official yellow fever vaccination centre and must be registered in an International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis.
Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.
Update of basic vaccinations
A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travelers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.