Zambia vaccinations: which ones do you need?

Are you planning a trip to Zambia? Please read our travel advice and make sure you properly prepare. We recommend vaccinations for Zambia even though most vaccinations are not mandatory for a visit to this African country. Which specific vaccinations you require, is dependent on the places you will visit and the duration of your stay in this beautiful country.

The Republic of Zambia is located in Africa and neighbours several countries, such as Tanzania, Malawi, Namibia and Botswana. Zambia houses a wide variety of natural landscapes including mountain plateaus, rivers, hills, river basins and waterfalls. The many waters and the differences in altitude in the country provide some beautiful natural phenomena such as the Victoria Falls, a definite must-see. Of course, Zambia has much more to offer, varying from nature parks where you can spot a variety of wildlife to bustling cities such as Livingstone, Kitwe and capital Lusaka.

Regardless of your travel itinerary for Zambia, always take into account possible health risks such as infectious diseases, mosquitoes and the strong sunlight. Malaria is prevalent in Zambia. Our KLM Health Services health experts gladly tell you which vaccinations you require for your trip to Zambia and are happy to tell you what other precautions you can take to reduce health risks. Click here to make an appointment with one of our nurses.

Zambia vaccinations: the most common risks

In Zambia, various (tropical) diseases occur to which you are likely not resistant. The right vaccines can protect you against these. Please view our list of the most common health risks and diseases in Zambia and read which specific vaccinations you require.


The authorities of this country require a “cholera statement” if you pass its borders.


In this country dengue fever is prevalent. A good protection against mosquito bites in the daytime is necessary.


Vaccination against DTP is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis A

Vaccination against hepatitis A is recommended for all travelers to this country.

Hepatitis B

Vaccination against hepatitis B depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for a personal advice.


In this country there is a risk of getting malaria. Protection against mosquito bites is necessary during day- and nighttime. Sometimes malaria tablets are recommended, please contact KLM Health Services.


Vaccination against meningococcal depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.


Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination (BMR vaccination in Dutch) is recommended for travelers to this country who are not protected against measles yet. This includes children from 6 months and up who have not yet received their childhood MMR immunization.


Vaccination depends on your personal situation. In this country mammals could be infected with Rabies. Avoid contact with mammals. Please contact KLM Health Services for good and personal advice.


In this country Schistosomiasis is prevalent. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.


Vaccination against tuberculosis depends on your personal situation. Please contact KLM Health Services for personal advice.

Yellow Fever - recommended

Vaccination is recommended for all travelers to this country.

A healthy trip to Zambia: prepare for your trip with our tips

Make your trip to Zambia as pleasant as possible and avoid unexpected surprises. Below you will find helpful tips and tricks to prepare yourself for your journey.

Our KLM Health Services’ Doctor Connect service allows your to contact a KLM Health Services expert 24/7, either by telephone, text message or WhatsApp. Not only in case of emergency but also if you have doubts. Subscribe to Doctor Connect.

Seemingly innocent things such as food, water and bright sunlight can pose a risk to your health during your travels. Want to know what measures you can take to reduce these health risks? Please read our travel tips.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel advice helps you prepare for safety risks during your stay abroad. The travel advice, for example, tells you which regions are safe and to which regions you should not travel. Sometimes there are security risks. If this is the case, please be alert or, preferably only travel to the country concerned if genuinely necessary.

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a central telephone number for travellers, which can be reached 24/7. Please call: +31 247 247 247.

Schedule a vaccination for Zambia? Make an appointment!

Please make an appointment online for your Zambia vaccinations. An overview of our branches can be found here. Do you have any other questions about immunisations for Zambia? Please feel free to contact us via 0900 109 109 6 (€1,00 per call) or send an email to You can also visit our frequently asked questions page.

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