Niger Travel Health Advice

Malaria prophylaxis is recommended for all travellers in all areas of Niger and a yellow fever vaccination is required for all travellers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission, and is recommended for all travel to Niger. A meningococcus vaccination is recommended for travel during the dry season, between November and June. Routine vaccinations and updates for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, varicella, polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), tetanus-diphtheria and typhoid are recommended. Those travellers who may be at risk of animal bites or may be coming into contact with bats should consider a rabies vaccination.

Medical facilities are extremely limited in Niger and travellers should ensure that they have comprehensive travel and health insurance. Bring medications in its original packaging, accompanied by a signed and dated letter from a doctor detailing what each medicine is and why it is required; carry a bag of essential medical supplies as well.

Tap water should never be drunk in Niger unless it has been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected. Travellers should be wary of food from street vendors, and should only eat cooked meals while they are still hot. Raw or undercooked meat and fish should not be eaten and fruit and vegetables should be cooked or peeled.

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