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Mayotte is a developing nation but is in the upper half of the world's economies. Located near Madagascar in the Mozambique Channel of the Indian Ocean, it is an overseas department of France. Its climate is tropical with distinct rainy and dry seasons.
See also: Library article for Yellow Fever
Although yellow fever does not occur in Mayotte, an official yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required depending on your itinerary.
- Requirement: A vaccination certificate is required for travelers aged ≥ 1 year coming from countries with risk of YF transmission. Note: This applies to airport layovers longer than 12 hours in these countries.
Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, meningococcal meningitis, rabies, or typhoid fever. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.
See also: Library article for Malaria
The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)(2013) Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year.
- Recommended prevention: C – Risk of P. falciparum malaria, in combination with reported chloroquine and sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine resistance. Mosquito bite prevention plus atovaquone–proguanil or doxycycline or mefloquine chemoprophylaxis (select according to reported side effects and contraindications) a
aAlternatively, for travel to rural areas with low risk of malaria infection, mosquito bite prevention can be combined with stand–by emergency treatment (SBET).
WHO Country List footnote: When available, the date of the most recent update or confirmation is indicated in parentheses in the country list. If no date is indicated, the most recent update or confirmation was provided before 2013.
CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)Areas with malaria: Rare cases.
- Estimated relative risk of malaria for US travelers: No data.
- Drug resistance4: Chloroquine
- Malaria species: P. falciparum 93%, P. vivax 5%, P. malariae and P. ovale 2%.
- Recommended chemoprophylaxis: Mosquito avoidance only.
4 Refers to P. falciparum malaria unless otherwise noted.
See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea
Moderate risk exists throughout the country, including in deluxe accommodations. Food and beverage precautions may reduce the likelihood of illness.
Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.
Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases
Other Disease and Health Risks
The material below includes information from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.
No intrinsic risk of attack by terrorist groups exists, but unforeseen attacks are possible.
Low risk of violent crime (sexual assault) exists throughout the country, mainly in remote areas (particularly beaches).
Low risk of petty crime exists throughout the country, mainly in crowded outdoor markets, parks, and on beaches.
Protests and demonstrations may infrequently occur and have the potential to turn violent without warning.
National incidence data on traffic-related injury or death are not available.
Traffic flows on the right-hand side of the road. Travelers (including drivers and pedestrians) accustomed to traffic moving on the opposite side should be vigilant when navigating traffic.
The cyclone season is from November through May. Floods, mudslides, and landslides may occur.
Selected Embassies or Consulates in Mayotte, a Department of France
- United States: The U.S. does not have an embassy or consulate in Mayotte.
- Canada: Canada does not have an embassy or consulate in Mayotte.
- United Kingdom: U.K. does not have an embassy or consulate in Mayotte.
- Australia: Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Mayotte.
Mayotte's Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries
- In the U.S.: Mayotte does not have an embassy or consulate in the U.S.
- In Canada: Mayotte does not have an embassy or consulate in Canada.
- In the U.K.: Mayotte does not have an embassy or consulate in the U.K.
- In Australia: Mayotte does not have an embassy or consulate in Australia.
HIV testing is not required to obtain a tourist, work, or residence visa.