Yellow Fever Certificates

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To prevent the spread of yellow fever, travellers crossing the borders of countries where yellow fever is prevalent need to be vacinated against the virus.

WHAT IS A YELLOW FEVER CERTIFICATE?

Yellow fever is a virus carried by the Aedes mosquito that leads to death in about 25% of patients. There is no specific treatment, but vaccination is very effective.

International law requires travellers crossing the borders of countries where yellow fever is endemic to have yellow fever vaccinations. After you have been vaccinated you will be issued with a Yellow Fever Certificate.

The certificate only becomes valid ten days after vaccination, and stays valid for ten years.

If you have travelled in a Yellow Fever region in the six days before you wish to visit South Africa, you will have to show your Yellow Fever Certificate when you enter the country.

IS ANYONE EXEMPT FROM THE VACCINATION?

Pregnant women, babies under one year old and people who are allergic to the vaccine and to eggs do not have to have the vaccination. You will still have to get a certificate from the vaccination centre saying that you have been exempted.

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE CERTIFICATE?

If you arrive in South Africa without a valid Yellow Fever Certificate, you will be:

  • refused entry; or
  • quarantined until their certificate becomes valid, or for a period of not more that six days;
  • those with an exemption certificate due to medical reasons may be allowed entry and required to report any fever or other symptoms to the health authorities and be placed under surveillance.

If there is no Port Health Officer at the point where you enter the country, you will be refused entry into South Africa.

YELLOW FEVER REGIONS

The following countries are Yellow Fever regions:

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

Information Pamphlet on the Prevention of Yellow Fever

Provided by:
Government Body: (The Government of South Africa)
The content on this page was last updated on 28 August 2013