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.
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Important health risks
There is a high risk of malaria in the entire country. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets.
In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.
There is a risk of yellow fever.
Other insect-borne diseases
Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, zika, leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness.
Protect yourself against insects.
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.
Take a look at the general preventive measures related to COVID-19.
- Carefully read the entry conditions and local measures of this country.
Other possible infections
Other frequent health risks while travelling
Read these tips before you leave.
Yellow fever vaccination is compulsory from the age of one year.
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 travellers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.
Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you: