Africa Guide
Guide to Africa

Pre-Departure Planning for travel in Africa

You need to ensure you have a full passport that is valid for at least the full duration of your trip plus 3 months. If you are visiting many different countries, you should ensure that you have plenty of clear pages. You will receive many stamps travelling through Africa and having blank pages inserted into your passport whilst you are travelling can be difficult and time consuming.

It is a good idea to take a photocopy of your passport and either keep it with a friend/family member at home who you can easily contact or, if you will be accessing your email whilst away - email a copy to yourself.

Visa requirements vary depending on the country you are visiting and your nationality. Governments regularly change entry requirements - so it is best to check with your local embassy/consulate what the entry requirements are, whether you can obtain them at your point of entry or whether you need to obtain them in advance. If in advance, allow yourself plenty of time or processing. You should also be aware of what kind of visas are available, consider whether you require a multiple entry visa.

If travelling to several countries take a few passport photos with you for visas etc.

To help you we have put together a section providing a details of the various African countries Tourist Offices and/or embassies located around the world.

It is very important to get the latest up-to-date information and advise for the countries you plan to visit from your doctor/physician or from a specialist in tropical illnesses and diseases.

Important, accurate and up-to-date Health Information, covering illnesses and diseases, Malaria, recommended vaccinations, advise for staying healthy and how to avoid getting sick, what to take with you, what do when you return home can be found by clicking here.

Also have a look through our Medical and Health Information for Travel in Africa

It is advisable to always ensure you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy which covers you for repatriation to your home country. against personal accident, medical attendance, baggage and other valuables.

If you need medical care whilst in Africa, it is best to be aware that medical providers do not accept payment through your insurance company. In these circumstances you will have to pay in full after your treatment and file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement. Therefore you should have access to cash, either from a credit card or by wire transfer. If you need assistance contact the country's local embassy or representative. To be compensated you must be treated by licensed medical personnel and provide your insurance company with proper documentation and receipts.

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