Gabon Travel Health Advice
Yellow fever vaccinations are required for all visitors over the
age of one. Gabon is a malaria zone and there have been recent
outbreaks of chikungunya fever and dengue fever, all transmitted by
mosquito bites. There are no vaccines available for these diseases,
but stringent anti-insect measures are recommended.
Vaccinations for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid are recommended for all travellers to Gabon. Those who will be spending a lot of time outdoors may be at risk of animal bites and should also consider a rabies vaccination. Tap water should not be drunk unless it has been boiled, and ice and uncooked fruits should also be avoided. Following outbreaks of the ebola virus in some African countries during 2014, all persons travelling from recently infected countries will be barred from entry until further notice.
Healthcare in Gabon is poor, and traveller's insurance is a necessity. Many doctors will expect cash up front, regardless of insurance. Medical facilities in major cities should be sufficient for routine care, but in the rural areas healthcare is often non-existent. Take a custom medical kit and any necessary medication in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from a doctor detailing exactly what it is and why it is needed (this applies to syringes and needles as well).
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