The Malaria Map
Malaria risk areas across the globe
A malaria map shows which travel destinations will put you at risk of getting malaria
In all Malaria-affected areas, you need to use mosquito protection
In high-risk areas, preventative antimalarial medication is usually recommended
Treatments include chloroquine-proguanil, atovaquone-proguanil (malarone), or doxycycline
Malaria risk areas are constantly changing, so make sure you check the most up to date malaria map
A "malaria map" provides travellers with an indication of which countries are malaria risk areas, from no risk to high risk.
The risk varies from region to region so it’s important to check an up to date malaria map before you travel. Your doctor (online or local GP) will also need to assess your suitability for a malaria treatment depending on other factors, like:
- details of your trip
- existing medical conditions and any medication you’re taking
- resistance of the local malaria parasite to existing treatments
The malaria map shows you that many tropical and subtropical countries are malaria risk areas, but the risk of malaria changes regularly so it’s important you check an up to date map for example: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/factsheet/52/malaria.
If you’re soon leaving to a country where there is a risk of malaria, you can ask further questions and order a preventive malaria medication (prescription included) online from our UK-based doctors.
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The malaria map and malaria risk areas
For all malaria-affected areas, mosquito protection is recommended. Sometimes a preventative anti-malarial medication is recommended, for example, where there is a high risk of malaria.
Travelling to a malaria risk area
First of all, you should check whether your destination is on the malaria map. Make sure to explain the details and reasons for your travel to your doctor or travel specialist, so that they can prescribe the best medication for you.
If you live in the UK and you are returning to your home country, do not forget to check whether your country is a malaria risk area. It is common for people to underestimate the risk of malaria in their hometowns. Even if you grew up in a malaria area without catching it, there is a risk that you might catch it when you go back to visit. Any resistance you might have built up is likely to have worn off.
High risk areas
If you’re planning to travel to a high risk malaria area, the drugs you may need can include chloroquine-proguanil, atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine. If the area is known to have a parasite resistant to chloroquine-proguanil (e.g. plasmodium falciparum), then other drugs can be used in advance as a preventive treatment.
Last reviewed: 10 Dec 2020
Malaria, TravelHealthPro [accessed February 2023]
Malaria, Our World In Data [accessed February 2023]
Malaria, National Health Service [accessed February 2023]
Malaria, fitfortravel [accessed February 2023]
Consolidated Guidelines for malaria, WHO [accessed February 2023]
Once you know you’re travelling to country with a risk of malaria, you can get treatment before you go. ZAVA offers a range of options to consider, without needing to see a doctor face to face.