Vaccinations for Zimbabwe
There are no legally required vaccinations for Zimbabwe in order to gain entry from Ireland. However those crossing into Zambia at Victoria Falls (and having their passport stamped) may find that the authorities demand evidence of cover against Yellow Fever before re-entry.
However, tourists are strongly advised to consider adequate cover against Poliomyelitis and Tetanus (childhood boosters) and Typhoid and Hepatitis A (food and water diseases. Those planning a longer or more rural trip will also need to consider cover against diseases like Hepatitis B and Rabies.
All travellers should have their initial consultation for vaccinations for Zimbabwe at least 4 – 6 weeks in advance of departure.
The Zambezi valley region (including Victoria Falls) is probably the single highest risk region for tourists developing Malaria throughout the world. It is essential that adequate Malaria Prophylaxis be used at all times of the year for those visiting this region. Those remaining in the central highlands (cities of Harare and Bulawayo) will not need Prophylaxis as the risk of this mosquito borne disease is very small. Good repellent and adequate light coloured clothing is essential.
Outside of the main urban centres of Harare and Bulawayo the level of healthcare for tourists may be very limited. Even in the cities shortages of some main medications may lead to inadequate treatment and evacuation to South Africa may become necessary. Any tourist on personal medication (asthma, diabetes, contraceptive pill etc) should make certain that they have sufficient supplies with them to complete their journey through Zimbabwe.
The majority of tourists visiting Zimbabwe will remain very healthy and well providing they remain conscious of the prevailing local uncertainty and follow some simple precautions against food and water disease, mosquito bites, and accidents.
It is important to note that each traveller will require a specialised consultation and this information only contains general guidelines.