Health and Safety Zambia

General Tips before you leave

Macha research institute did a research on this topic. However, there may be new instructions due to the emergence of a new problem. Same thing with respect to security. It is important to learn about what is happening in the country before you go to discover it.

-Remember to check that you have purchased insurance that includes health repatriation. If this is not the case, do it! To get informed you can also read the post about Malaria in Zambia.

Health

Vaccinations

-Diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis: update of recommended vaccination.

typhoid fever, viral hepatitis A and B, Rabies: vaccination recommended in some cases (hygiene conditions, length of stay…).

-Measles: The updating of this vaccination may be necessary, especially in children.

-Yellow fever: A vaccination certificate is required for persons arriving from a country or experiencing yellow fever. This vaccination must be done at least six days before the entry into Zambia.

-Bacterial meningitis A + C + Y + W135: recommended vaccination.
Health risks

-Malaria, chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever. Protecting yourself from mosquito bites requires protective measures (sprays, creams, electric diffusers, mosquito nets…). The Palu requires a drug treatment adapted to each individual: Before departure, ask your doctor for advice.

-Traveller’s diarrhea, cholera. Drinking bottled water is one of the essential tips to avoid being reached. Also be sure to cook the food you eat and wash your hands regularly. During the rainy season (November to April), cholera epidemics are frequent, particularly in the mining and Lusaka regions.

-HIV – AIDS: High prevalence rate, estimated at 14.3%.

Security

Areas to avoid, precautions to be taken

-Border areas: armed groups cross the border between Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Avoid this area as much as possible. Be very vigilant in the north-west province, bordering on the DRC and Angola: War explosives are not yet eliminated. Do not move out of the main roads and especially not at night.

-Deserted areas between Livingstone and Victoria falls: Tourist attacks have been reported.

-Theft and aggression: one of the main precautions to be taken is to avoid getting around at night. By car, always keep its doors locked and its windows closed. Finally, simple measure of common sense: Do not expose your valuables.

-Tensions during an election period. Avoid rallies.

Once these precautions are taken, do not be alarmed too much. Overall, Zambia remains a calm country.

For more up-to-date information, check out the travel tips from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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