Semester Study Abroad
Health & safety: Overview
When applying at UCT as an international student or just visiting Cape Town in South Africa, you should take certain health and safety precautions.
Below are some basic tips to make your visit enjoyable as possible:
- High-quality tap (faucet) water is available across the City and is both palatable and safe to drink straight from the tap.
- We have a warm sunny climate and you should wear sunscreen and a hat whenever you are out doors during the day, particularly between 10am and 4pm.
- Cape Town is not a malaria area.
- If you are an adult, you won't need any inoculations unless you are travelling from a yellow-fever endemic area (the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America), in which case you will need verification to prove your inoculation status when you arrive in the country.
- Hepatitis B inoculations are recommended for children up to the age of 12 who have not completed the series of injections as infants.
- Medical facilities at the University of Cape Town as well as in the greater Cape Town area are world-class. Should you require medical assistance, please access the following link: UCT Private Hospital