What vaccinations do I need for Zanzibar?
You should seek medical advice from your local health practitioner before travelling to Zanzibar and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations. As a guide Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatits A, Diptheria and Polio are recommended. You will also be required to show your Yellow Fever vaccination card. You should also make sure you are up to date with all standard vaccinations required for life in your home country.
Do I need anti-malaria tablets for Zanzibar?
There is a high risk of malaria throughout all of Zanzibar at all times of the year. Anti-malarials such as Mefloquine, Doxycycline or Atovaquone/Proguanil are recommended. It is also important to avoid mosquito bites as much as possible by wearing long sleeves and trousers where possible, sleeping under a mosquito net and covering yourself in a strong insect repellent containing at least 50% DEET. If you have any feverish symptoms within 12 months of returning from Zanzibar, seek immediate medical attention. For more information on the malaria risk in Zanzibar visit the NHS Fit to Travel page or the CDC Traveler’s Health page.
Is it safe to drink tap water in Zanzibar?
The tap water in Zanzibar is chlorinated and local people drink it without problems. However, there are some strains of local E. coli, which may affect foreigners. Therefore, it is better to stick to bottled water unless you are planning on staying on the island long enough to become habituated to tap water (longer than a month usually). Bottled mineral water is widely available across the island.