Zambia

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 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.

Yellow fever

There is a risk of yellow fever.

Other insect-borne diseases

Insects can transmit diseases such as dengue and sleeping sickness.

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.

Other possible infections

Other frequent health risks while travelling

Read these tips before you leave.

Vaccinations

Yellow fever

Recommended, sometimes mandatory

Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Vaccination is mandatory from the age of one year: 

  • 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.

Hepatitis A

Recommended

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

Update of basic vaccinations

Recommended

Other vaccinations

Recommended for some travelers

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

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