Zambia: Health & Vaccinations
Chemists/pharmacies in the major centres carry a wide range of medicines and first aid supplies, and some in Lusaka remain open after hours on Sundays. Nevertheless, travellers should carry an adequate supply of their prescribed medicines with them, especially if they plan to stay in rural areas of Zambia, whose small clinics usually carry only basic medical supplies. Tap water in the major towns is purified and perfectly safe to drink, but in the more remote areas, the best precaution is to boil water before drinking.
Malaria Recommendations for Zambia
Malaria is virulent in the low lying areas of the country, which include most wildlife destinations. Doctors advise taking prophylactics two weeks before arrival and continuing two weeks after leaving. Your chemist/pharmacy or doctor can advise you of the most suitable drug available.
Yellow Fever Vaccination Requirements for Malaria
Zambia requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all foreign visitors and citizens over 1 year of age travelling from an infected area or having been in transit through infected areas (>12 hours). This rule applies to travellers from the following countries: Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Honduras, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principle, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad, Uganda, and Venezuela.