Yellow Fever Travel notice

Yellow Fever

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a virus that is spread through mosquito bites. Symptoms may take 3-6 days to develop and these may include; fever, chills, headaches, backache and muscle aches. About 15% of the people who get Yellow fever develop serious illness that can lead to bleeding, shock, organ failure, and sometimes death. The exisiting and new Yellow Fever vaccination certificates are now valid for life. The world Health Organisation announced that as of 11th July 2016, countries can nolonger require travelers to show proof of the re-vaccination or booster dose as a condition of entry.

A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers over 1 year of age from countries at risk of disease transmission or who have transited for more than 12 hours through an airport in a country at risk of disease transmission: Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador….

A single dose provides lifelong protection for most people. The vaccine is a live, weakened form of the virus given as a single shot. Vaccine is recommended for people aged 9 months or older and who are traveling to or living in areas at risk for yellow fever virus in Africa and South America.

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Travel notice

Countries may change their vaccination requirements without notice and in some instances border agents use their discretion to deny entry despite the officially stated requirements.

If there is risk of Yellow Fever at your destination, whether vaccination is required for entry or not, be prepared to show a certificate of vaccination or a waiver stating the medical reasons for not being vaccinated.

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