Health

There are no compulsory vaccination requirements for persons entering South Africa, except for those coming from or who have travelled in yellow fever infected countries (such as Brazil, certain South American neighbouring countries and central Africa). Proof of vaccination will be required.

However, certain areas of the country, including the north-eastern half of KwaZulu-Natal, are malaria regions. It is recommended that anyone planning to travel to a malaria area take prophylactics before arrival and the necessary precautions while in the area (e.g., protective clothing, insect repellents). There is no malaria in or around Cape Town. For details on recommendations and for the latest information about any restrictions in place on account of the ebola outbreak, see the website of the National Department of Health http://www.health.gov.za/ .

For comprehensive general health information on travelling to South Africa, see http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/south-africa . It is strongly advised that participants take out appropriate health and travel insurance before setting off for the Symposium and bring with them any medicines they take on a regular basis (together with a copy of prescriptions).

The Department of Health has provided the following text on health requirements (11 September 2014):

The South African Cabinet met on 20 August 2014 and was presented with an update on the Ebola outbreak. Countries have been divided into three categories, viz

  1. High risk countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone);
  2. Medium risk countries with Ebola transmission (Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo);
  3. Medium risk countries without Ebola transmission (Kenya and Ethiopia). Please note that these countries have no Ebola yet, but are mentioned here because most people travelling from West Africa to South Africa travel via these countries; and
  4. Low risk countries (all other countries excluding the above).

The South African Cabinet decided as follows pertaining to travellers from these high level countries:

  • Travel restrictions for all non-citizens travelling from these high risk countries, unless the travel is considered absolutely essential; and
  • For South African citizens returning from these countries, they will have to be subjected to a stricter screening process.

Travellers from medium risk countries with Ebola transmission will be required to complete a comprehensive health questionnaire before being allowed entry into South Africa and if the comprehensive medical questionnaire and the temperature screening reveal something, they will have to subject themselves to a complete medical examination. For low risk countries, the normal surveillance that has been going on will just be enhanced.

Page updated: 15 September 2014