No vaccination certificates are required for visitors coming from Europe . However visitors from a yellow fever zone must have a valid certificate.
Malaria poses a health risk in the lower altitude areas of Limpopo Province , Mpumalanga and Northern Kwazulu-Natal . During the dry months, June to September, the risk of contracting malaria is low but preventative measures are nevertheless advocated. When visiting the malaria risk areas, from October to May, travellers are advised to take prophylactic medicines as well as taking precautions against mosquito bites. Contact your pharmacist in this regard.
The Following measures can be taken to reduce the risk of mosquito bites:
- Pregnant woman, babies and children under five years, the elderly and persons taking other medication should consult their medical practitioner or pharmacist for advice before visiting a malaria area.
- Apply an insect repellent to exposed skin.
- Avoid wearing perfume or after-shave and wear long sleeves and long trousers with socks at night.
- People may still contract malaria although prophylactic medicines have been taken. The symptoms of malaria, namely headache, fever, muscular and joint pains, sweat, shivering attacks, nausea, diarrhea and fatigue are very similar to those of flu. If any of these symptoms occur after visiting a malaria area, a medical practitioner must be consulted immediately. Visitors are advised to take out insurance to cover the cost of treatment.