You need a yellow fever certificate when entering South Africa if you have previously passed through a country where there is a risk of yellow fever transmission. This includes Eritrea, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia. The same applies if you have changed flights at the airport of a yellow fever country and spent more than 12 hours at the airport. Only adults and children over the age of 1 year are required to show a yellow fever certificate.
The vaccines in this section are recommended for all travellers visiting the country.
Why do I need a consultation?
It is difficult to say which vaccines you need without asking a medical professional. Your itinerary, your medical history and the activities you have planned all affect which vaccinations you need. It is important that a trained travel nurse or pharmacist checks what you need.
Exactly the travel vaccinations you need - no more, no less.
During your consultation, our nurse or pharmacist will talk you through the health risks at your travel destinations to check which vaccines you need. If a vaccine is not essential, we will explain your options so you can decide whether you would like to have it.
South Africa is a risk country for malaria. There is a risk of infection all year round but the risk is particularly high from September to May. You are unlikely to contract malaria in areas of high altitude, but low altitude areas of Mpumalanga Province (including Kruger National Park) and Limpopo Province that borders Mozambique, Estwatini (Swaziland) and Zimbabwe, have a moderate risk of malaria. If you are travelling to a risk area you need to take antimalarial tablets in addition to using insect repellent and avoiding mosquito bites.There is a low risk of malaria in northeastern parts of the KwaZulu-Natal province and in some parts of the Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Northern Cape Provinces.Travellers who are planning long trips, to stay in remote areas without access to local medical facilities may be advised to also take a malaria treatment for acute bouts of the disease with them, in case the preventative treatment fails.Your Superdrug nurse or pharmacist will assess your need for an antimalarial based on your medical history and itinerary.