Do you need a Yellow Fever Vaccination?

Travellers going to or coming from Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe as well as Rwanda will no longer be required to produce a yellow fever vaccination certificate when in South Africa as these countries have been included on the World Health Organization (WHO) list of countries with low potential for exposure to yellow fever.

During the 136th session of the WHO Executive Board meeting, a review of countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination was conducted and based on the recommendations of the meeting; all travellers arriving into the country from these countries will NOT be required to produce proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever. This provision is with immediate effect.

In line with the International Health Regulations, 2005 South Africa requires a valid yellow fever certificate from all citizens and non citizens over one year of age (citizens over 60  years of age require a waiver certificate) if they are:

·         Travelling from a yellow fever risk country; or

·         Have been in transit exceeding 12 hours, through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Definition of a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate:

Vaccine should be approved by the WHO and administered at least 10 days before departure to South Africa at a Yellow Fever approved vaccination centre. The vaccine offers protection 10 days after administration and provides lifetime immunity.

List of countries for which a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into South Africa:

AFRICA

CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA

 Angola  Guinea  Argentina
 Benin  Guinea-Bissau  Bolivia
 Burkina Faso  Kenya  Brazil
 Burundi  Liberia  Colombia
 Cameroon  Mali  Ecuador
 Central African Republic  Mauritania  French Guyana
 Chad  Niger  Guyana
 Congo  Nigeria  Panama
 Cote d’lvoire  Senegal  Paraguay
 Democratic Republic of the Congo  Sierra Leone  Peru
 Equatorial Guinea  Southern Sudan  Suriname
 Ethiopia  Sudan  Trinidad and Tobago
 Gabon  Togo  Venezuela
 Gambia  Uganda
 Ghana

For a PDF of Countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and countries requiring yellow fever vaccination click HERE

What is Yellow Fever?

Find out more about Yellow Fever, what causes it and how to prevent it, click HERE

Our Services

  • Is your company sending employees to a country that requires Yellow Fever vaccination? We will come to you and administer the vaccination to your employees.
  • Are you travelling to a country that requires Yellow Fever vaccination as a group? We will come to you and administer the vaccinations in the comfort of your home/ office.
  • Are you travelling to a country that requires Yellow Fever vaccination come to us or we will come to you.
  • Are you at the airport and just realised that you need the Yellow Fever vaccination in order to board your flight? Call us and we will come to you.

Call us now: 011 440 5325 or 011 440 5326 or 082 457 0176

Updated 26 June 2017

With thanks to The South African National Travel Health Network