Swaziland Health Care and Vaccinations

* A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers arriving from an infected area.

Title Special precautions
Diphtheria Sometimes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Malaria Yes
Hepatitis A Yes
Typhoid Yes
Yellow Fever No*

Health Care

Although medical facilities are generally limited in Swaziland, Mbabame Clinic is well-equipped to deal with minor problems. Most international visitors will use private services, frequently attached to the larger hotels. The public sector is improving and treatment is available at low cost. In emergency cases, where specialised treatment is required, the patient may be transported to a South African hospital. Health insurance is recommended. Personal medications may be brought into the country, but a doctor's note is advisable in case of questioning by authorities.

Food and Drink

Mains water is generally safe but bottled or sterilised water is preferable. Drinking water outside major cities and towns may be contaminated. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption; exercise caution if milk is of uncertain provenance. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other Risks

Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water; swimming pools which are well chlorinated and maintained are safe.