Vaccines

  • There are no travel vaccines required by the Mozambican government unless you are from or traveling through Angola, Brazil, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo or Tanzania – in which case you should see the note below.
  • All visitors to Iris should be up-to-date on standard vaccines such as tetanus, typhoid, and Hepatitis A.
  • All visitors to Iris are encouraged to check with a travel nurse or your doctor for current health recommendations for international travelers.

Malaria

  • Malaria is the greatest serious health danger you may encounter while visiting Iris.
  • While visiting an Iris base, you must bring with you and take a malaria prophylaxis. Some malaria prophylaxis are daily pills, others are taken once a week. We recommend consulting with a medical professional to find out which medication is best for you.
  • We do not recommend the use of Lariam (Mefloquine) by adults based on some of the side effects especially suffered by young women. This medication sometimes causes bizarre emotional responses that include severe depression, anxiety, paranoia, aggression, nightmares, insomnia, and suicidal thoughts. Please discuss the possible side effects of any malarial prophylaxis with a medical professional.
  • Please bring a mosquito net to sleep under – except for those staying at the Zimpeto Center Base.
  • We highly recommend bringing a strong bug repellent. There are great options available in the camping department of most department stores in the U.S.
  • You greatly reduce your risk of contracting malaria by taking a malarial prophylaxis and sleeping under a mosquito net.

Note for those from or traveling through Angola, Brazil, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo or Tanzania

  • Mozambique requires those arriving from the countries of Angola, Brazil, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania to have Yellow Fever immunization.
  • If your route takes you through Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, you must carry documentation of your immunization. If you should arrive at Dar es Salaam on the way to Pemba without documentation, authorities will require you to be immunized at the airport. The cost is 1,350 meticais, 49 euros or $68. Since some recipients have had a mild to moderate reaction to the immunization and since the quality of the immunization could be compromised, we recommended that you secure the immunization for Yellow Fever before leaving your country.
  • While no other immunizations are required by Mozambique, your doctor may recommend some others.