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Namibia Travel Health Advice

Typhoid, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B vaccinations are recommended for travel to Namibia. Safety regulations in Namibia require all visitors to have a yellow fever certificate if arriving from an infected area. There is a malaria risk in the northern region of Namibia during the rainy season (January to April).

HIV/AIDS is prevalent and precautions are essential, although travellers are seldom at risk unless engaging in unprotected sex. Cholera outbreaks do occur and visitors should drink only boiled or bottled water, avoiding ice in drinks.

There has been an increase in the incidents of rabies among dogs in Windhoek, so travellers at risk of animal bites should consider a rabies vaccination. There are good medical facilities in Windhoek, but medical insurance is essential as treatment is expensive.

Outside of the main cities, medical treatment may be hard to come by. Travellers to Namibia should seek medical advice at least four weeks prior to departure. For peace of mind, it is best to take prescription medications along when travelling.

Medicines should be kept in their original packaging and accompanied by a signed and dated letter from a doctor, detailing why the medication is needed.

View information on diseases:

Cholera, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Rabies, Typhoid fever

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Phoebe is a farm girl from the UK who, armed with a Geography degree, set off a few years ago to develop a career and discover the world. She first visited Namibia to assist with a research project, and fell immediately in love with this beautiful country. She now lives in Johannesburg and works as a safari guide in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.

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