Travel Advisory for visitors to South Africa for the late former President Nelson Mandela’s funeral and memorial service and related events

Dec 15, 2020 | General advice for travellers | 0 comments

TRAVEL HEALTH ADVISORY – NELSON MANDELA MEMORIAL AND FUNERAL SERVICE

The Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela will be held on Tuesday 10 December at the FNB Stadium, Gauteng. The FNB stadium has a maximum seating capacity of 87000 for this event.  Johannesburg is a large metropolitan city and has excellent health care facilities.  The FUNERAL SERVICE will be held on Sunday 15 December in Qunu, a small rural village in the Eastern Cape, 32 km south west of Mthata.

TRAVEL HEALTH ADVISORY NELSON MANDELA MEMORIAL AND FUNERAL SERVICE

The Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela will be held on Tuesday 10 December at the FNB Stadium, Gauteng. The FNB stadium has a maximum seating capacity of 87000 for this event.

Johannesburg is a large metropolitan city and has excellent health care facilities.

Disease risks

There are no current outbreaks reported

Malaria

There is no malaria in Gauteng and chemoprophylaxis is not required.

Water

The municipal water is safe to drink

FUNERAL SERVICE

This will be held on Sunday 15 December in Qunu, a small rural village in the Eastern Cape, 32 km south west of Mthata.

Disease risks

Outbreaks

There are no current outbreaks

Malaria

The Eastern Cape is not a malaria risk area. Currently it is the malaria season in South Africa and the regions where malaria chemoprophylaxis (and personal prevention for mosquito bites are advised are the Kruger National Park, the far northern KwaZulu-Natal and the Limpopo Province.

Malaria chemoprophylaxis is not required for travellers to Qunu.

Water

Whereas the tap water is probably safe in the metropolitan areas of the Eastern Cape province visitors are advised to drink bottled water in the rural areas.

Vaccine preventable diseases

Rabies

Rabies is well documented in the Eastern Cape province, mainly affecting dogs. Post-exposure prophylaxis is available at Mthata Provincial Hospital. Travellers are advised not to ‘befriend dogs or cats’.

Typhoid fever

Sporadic cases of Typhoid fever has been reported but the risk to travellers would be considered low.

Vaccination requirements

Travellers should ensure that they are up-to-date with the regular vaccines, such as tetanus.

Yellow fever

Proof of vaccination will be required for travellers from a yellow fever endemic country. Click here to see the list of countries regarded as endemic for yellow fever.

Hepatitis A and B

These should be highly considered but are not a requirement for entry into South Africa.

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