While it still remains a matter of debate whether Tunisia is safe for British citizens after the tourist attack in 2015, there’s no doubt that this East African country remains a favourite travelling destination for tourists all over the world.
From Fascinating ancient ruins to sandy beaches drenched in sunshine. Tunisia is a nature paradise and home to thousands of stunning beaches. While West African giants remain a popular travel destination for those from the UK, Tunisia is a heavenly paradise waiting to be explored.
Amidst all the fun and excitement, there are several things to consider when planning a trip to Tunisia, planning for good health trumps all other factors. While Africa remains a favourite holiday destination for people in the UK, it’s imperative to arm yourself against several health conditions.
It’s necessary to vaccinate yourself against most diseases that are non-existent in the UK. Diseases like yellow fever, malaria, fever and Typhoid have high risk in Africa, which makes it compulsory to visit a travel health specialist before embarking on such a journey.
Travel Clinic London offers a variety of vaccinations against common diseases in Africa. The list Include malaria fever, Typhoid, cholera, Tuberculosis, Mumps and Rubella. We also provide mobile services which ensure we come to you in your chosen location.
While we recommend a trip to Tunisia, embarking on such a journey without an up-to-date vaccination routine is like a journey to the wilderness. Aside from packing your bags, ensure you have additional kits with local medications stocked in it. To make yourself less susceptible to infections, take a small bottle of anti-septic gel along with you
While West African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal have the highest prevalence of malaria fever in the world, Tunisia is quite safe and free from those. There’s absolutely no risk of malaria and yellow fever in Tunisia which makes it safer than other west African countries.
While you won’t be encountering thousands of mosquito bites, it’s better not to take any chances. Tuck in an insect repellant in your bag to drive the few mosquitoes around away. Lucky enough, it’s very unlikely to see still drainage around in Tunisia. Hence, the environment is very serene, which makes it more attractive to tourists around the globe.
Travellers from the UK may not necessarily have to present international Certificate of vaccination on the entrance to Tunisia since most of these diseases are also uncommon in the UK. However, if you’re a UK citizen travelling from areas with a high risk of malaria, this document is required. It becomes even more compulsory if you’re boarding a plane from countries like Nigeria, Cameroon, Burundi, Ghana and Guinea.
It’s important to get immunisation for your trip to any destination in Africa. While the risk of yellow fever and malaria are low in Tunisia, water-borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera have high-risk factors all over the world.
For this reason, it’s important to maintain good hygiene everywhere you go. This includes washing your hand before you put anything into your mouth, ensure fruits and veggies are thoroughly cleaned before eating and avoid drinking directly from the tap whenever you’re thirsty.
Due to Africa’s equatorial position, there’s bound to be intense sunlight wherever you go, and Tunisia is no exception. Tunisia tends to be hot throughout the year averaging at least 30 °C on normal days and rises to as high as 35°C during hot days. While this is a concern for people who love to go swimming during the day, the temperature tends to drop to 27°C during August.
Always apply sunscreen with a minimum of 20 SPF when strolling around the city to reduce the risk of sunburn.
The cleanliness of water supply in Africa is quite different from that of the UK. Little or no preparation is done to kill bacteria and get rid of germs, which might make it unsafe for drinking. Typhoid and cholera are a common result of drinking water directly from the tap. Ensure you drink only bottled water throughout your stay, and all foods should be thermally processed to reduce the risk of diarrhoea.
Also, pack diarrhoea medications along with oral-dehydration packs in case you develop any water-borne disease.
Travel Clinic London provide expert vaccine service that covers several diseases Uncommon in the UK. From malaria and yellow fever to Mumps and Rabies, our health service comes with additional tools like first-aid kit and mosquito repellants, which protects you from mosquito bites.
We provide personal risk-assessment to determine the most suitable vaccination type for you, putting occupation and length of stay into consideration. Also, you will get an International Certificate of Vaccination to satisfy that you’re eligible for entrance into countries with high-risk disease breakout.
To book an appointment, come down to our clinic at Suit F, 117A Harley St, Marylebone, London W1G 6AT, UK or put a call across to us on 020 37457527 for further enquiries.