South Africa Travel Vaccines and Advice

While traveling to South Africa, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc. 

Located at the southern tip of the African continent, South Africa impresses most visitors. Its diverse culture, varied natural landscapes and rich historical heritage make it an exceptional place to visit. From beaches of golden sands and mountain ranges to national parks and nature reserves; there is something for everyone. Would you enjoy a safari from Kruger Park to Swaziland? Let your desires guide you and enjoy this country of many aspects in all its splendour. In addition, South Africa promises a comfortable and peaceful living environment. The best time to venture to this destination is during the spring when the climate proves milder, and the surrounding nature offers all its best.

While traveling to South Africa, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
A beautiful South African landscape

Recommended travel vaccinations for South Africa

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to South Africa

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide/DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Azithromycin/SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication

Current weather in South Africa


Medical Care in South Africa

The quality of medical care in South Africa is good in relation to other countries on the continent. Emergency services are generally reliable, and medical treatments are free for certain categories of people such as pregnant women and children under six. However, there is a significant difference between the medical care in large cities and that in rural areas. Major hospitals are concentrated in cities, beaches and national parks yet rural health centers are almost non-existent.

In total, there are 232 hospitals in South Africa. Although the majority of these are private and provide quality medical treatment, they are considerably more expensive. On the other hand, public hospitals are overwhelmed and often experience equipment shortages. Provincial ministries of health oversee local emergency and ambulance services, as well as creating national drug policies and strict health regulations. In South Africa, it is currently possible to find most of the prescription drugs available coming from the United States. Doctors and hospitals must be paid in cash after consultations, even despite having a travel health insurance.

To call an ambulance, dial 10177.

Is South Africa Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime High level for travelers
Hotel theft Common
ATMs ATM scam alert
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Terrorism Risk present
Regional unrest Xenophobia; avoid demonstrations
Road safety Good; unless in remote areas
Public transportation Not recommended
Reserves and safaris Always enjoy at a safe distance
Beaches Unpredictable water currents and shark attacks
Townships and rural areas To be avoided
Fraud Be cautious when using a credit card
Risk level High degree of caution
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit South Africa?

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

If you’re a Canadian citizen and staying under 90 days, then only a passport is required. It must be valid at least 30 days after the expected date of departure.

You will receive a temporary residents visa (TRV) upon arrival, make sure you don’t stay over the date limit to avoid legal problems.

Proof of immunization (risk of Yellow Fever) and a return or onward ticket are required.

If a visa is required, an interview in person is required with valid documentation at the Consulate-General for South Africa or High Commission. It could happen that you’ll need a biometric scan to complete the task.

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Embassy of Canada to South Africa information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Consulate to South Africa
Street Address:
1103 Arcadia Street, Hatfield
Pretoria, South Africa
(Corner Arcadia and Hilda Streets)

Tel.: 27 (12) 422-3000
Fax: 27 (12) 422-3052

Email: [email protected]

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