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      Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski

      Outbreaks

      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.

      Check the current security situation on the federal government website.

      Important health risks

      Other insect-borne diseases

      Insects can transmit diseases such as leishmaniasis.

      Protect yourself against insects

      Ticks

      Ticks can transmit diseases.

      Rabies

      Dogs and other mammals can be infected with rabies.

       Schistosomiasis

      There is a risk of infection with schistosomiasis when swimming or bathing in lakes and rivers.

      Altitude sickness

      You may experience altitude sickness in areas above 2500 metres.

      Female circumcision

      Girls who visit their family in this country are sometimes circumcised.

      Other frequent health risks while travelling

      Read these tips before you leave.

      Vaccinations

      Hepatitis A

      Recommended

      Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

      Update of basic vaccinations

      Recommended

      Polio

      Recommended, sometimes mandatory

      A single booster of polio vaccination is recommended for all travellers to Asia or Africa aged 16 years or older.

      For travellers from certain countries in Asia or Africa where polio occurs, polio vaccination is compulsory.

      Other vaccinations

      Recommended for some travellers

      Discuss with your doctor whether one of the following vaccinations is recommended for you:

      Yellow fever

      Exceptionally mandatory for some travellers

      There is no risk of yellow fever in this country. Vaccination is not required if you are travelling from Belgium.    

       Vaccination is exceptionally compulsory if you have been in a country where yellow fever may occur (see map) from the age of nine months. This also applies to transit through an airport that takes more than twelve hours.
      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.

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