It is essential to ensure you have adequate travel insurance when visiting Africa. Check your existing insurance policies before purchasing additional travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, lost luggage, medical expenses, or car rental insurance, as you are likely to have partial or complete coverage. Speak to your insurance broker or get further information or buy travel insurance at one of these popular insurers:
Make sure that any insurance you take out covers Cancellation and Curtailment (if you have to cancel or alter your plans) and Baggage & Money Insurance, particularly for photographic equipment and valuable items. If you anticipate an insurance claim upon your return, be sure to document as accurately as possible any accident, injury or loss. Doctor's notes and police reports will aid any claim.
It is essential to have full medical, emergency evacuation and repatriation cover for the period of time you are away. Although this is covered by various schemes, a more cost effective option may be available through your local travel agent. You need to ensure that Medical Insurance is structured specifically for travel to Africa and covers all the essential elements for emergency medical insurance, and is underwritten by an insurance giant.
South Africa offers a comprehensive health care service for minor as well as major incidents. Preferable is the private health care system for prompt and state of the art health care. Make sure that in case of illness the assurance benefit includes the return transport to your home country.
The only vaccination that is compulsory is for those travellers arriving FROM a Yellow Fever area. Vaccinations are recommended (but not compulsory) for Typhoid and Hepatitis A. A Tetanus vaccination is also recommended. The table below is a guideline. Speak to a doctor first, as travellers have different requirements & concerns.Should you enter Malaria areas, such as the Northern Province and Mpumalanga, northern KwaZulu Natal and Zululand, the Northern and Eastern game parks eg Kruger Park, Malaria tablets are advised. Standard precautions like a good insect repellent particularly in the evening, long-sleeved shirts and mosquito nets help.
|Disease||Recommendation||When to See the Doctor|
|Typhoid||Vaccination recommended||10 days before travel|
|Hepatitis A||Vaccination recommended||2 weeks before travel|
|Diphtheria||Sometimes recommended||3 months before travel|
|Tuberculosis||Sometimes recommended||3 months before travel|
|Hepatitis B||Sometimes recommended||2 months before travel|
|Cholera||Sometimes recommended||2 weeks before travel|
|Yellow Fever||Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from aninfected area||10 days before travel|
Johannesburg is an international city and, as such, if you apply common sense precautions you should enjoy a safe stay. See the few safety tips mentioned below.
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