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Travel Advice and Health Information for Africa

Travel Safety

It is often felt that Africa is a dangerous place for travellers and backpackers to visit as it is often reported that there are car-jacking and murders in many African countries. However, the vast majority of places are safe, you just need to avoid areas which are considered dangerous and adhere to some basic safety tips when travelling in Africa, which include:

  • Take a copy of your passport, tickets, credit card etc. when you go travelling so if these documents are stolen you still have the information to get replacements and for all your insurance purposes.
  • Don’t carry all your money around with you in one wallet as if this gets stolen you won’t have any money. Divide money up and put in different places.
  • Don’t wear flash jewellery as you are attracting potential thieves to you.
  • Make sure that you are not out on your own at night. If you do get caught out in the dark then stick to known areas which are well-lit.

Access In and Out of Africa

Make sure that when you arrive in Africa that your passport is in date by at least 30 days after the date that you intend to leave. You may also be asked to declare how much currency you have both on arrival and departure.


It is important that you have the right level of cover in relation to your gap year travel insurance when visiting Africa. Don’t scrimp on travel insurance and ensure that it will cover medical costs as well as details such as medical evacuation. Travel insurance is extremely important when travelling to Africa as the standard of medical care varies greatly between country to country in Africa.

Before you travel it is advised that you visit the doctor who will ensure that you have all the right jabs before you travel. Both Cholera and Malaria are big diseases which can be caught in Africa so preventative measures against these are vital.

Make sure that you boil all tap water before drinking and if you are working in a remote area or farm then be careful that you don’t come into contact with animal blood and that you don’t drink milk which hasn’t been pasteurised.

Embassy/High Commission Information

British High Commission

  • Ghana - Gamel Abdul Nasser Avenue Accra, Ghana - 21 221665
  • Kenya - P.O. Box 30465-00100, Upper Hill Road Nairobi, Kenya
  • South Africa - 255 Hill Street, Arcadia 0002, Pretoria, South Africa – 27 12 421 7500