Preparing to Travel to Africa

In his professional life, David Psimer leads as owner of DP Builders in Gray, Tennessee. David Psimer is also an avid traveler and has visited many destinations across Africa.

When preparing for a trip to Africa, all travelers should be sure that their vaccinations are up-to-date. These include the diptheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, the polio vaccine, and the flu shot. Public health experts also recommend that travelers receive vaccines for diseases specific to the region, such as hepatitis A and yellow fever, among others.

In addition, visitors need to be sure that they have the appropriate papers. Travelers in West Africa can typically get around easily with a Visa Touristique Entente (VTE), though certain countries may require individual visas. Furthermore, drivers who plan to take rental cars around Africa may need either a triptyque or a carnet de passage, the second being valid for multiple countries and the first being a single-nation passage document. Carnets typically require that the driver be able to afford any import duties if the vehicle is abandoned, though insurance can cover these costs.