Namibia

Latest update: - Authors: Mieke Croughs, Ula Maniewski-Kelner

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

Malaria

There is a high risk of malaria in the north and north-east in Zambezi (Caprivi Strip), Kavango-West, Kavango-East, Ohangwena and Oshikoto.We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets.

There is a seasonal malaria risk in the Otjozondjupa region, including the city of Grootfontein:

    • There is a high malaria risk from September till the end of May. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning, in combination with the use of malaria tablets.
    • There is a low malaria risk from June to the end of August

There is a moderate malaria risk in the rest of the northern half, including Kunene district, Etosha national park. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning. For people with an increased risk, we sometimes recommend preventive malaria tablets, or taking an emergency treatment with you.

There is a low malaria risk in the centre of the country, including Windhoek. We recommend the use of mosquito-repellent measures from dusk till morning.

There is no malaria risk in the southern half of the country.

In case of fever during or after your journey, get tested for malaria as soon as possible.

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, and leishmaniasis.

Protect yourself against insects

Tick-borne diseases

Ticks can transmit diseases such as African tick bite fever.

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.

Other possible infections

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

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

Yellow fever

Mandatory for some travelers

Yellow fever does not occur here. Vaccination is not necessary if you are travelling from Belgium.   

Vaccination is mandatory from the age of nine months: 

  • If you are departing from another country where yellow fever can occur (see maps).
  • If you have spent more than twelve hours in transit in an airport in a country where yellow fever occurs.

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.

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

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

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