05 Feb 2015

South Africa: Yellow Fever certificate changes

Important news for travellers to South Africa and transit through other African countries

Yellow Fever Certificate not now required by South Africa from travellers between South Africa and the following countries: Zambia Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe.

Following an announcement at the World Health Assembly on 30 January 2015 [1] , the South African Government has confirmed that a yellow fever (YF) certificate is not now required by South African authorities from travellers between South Africa and the following countries: Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe [2].

Under International Health Regulations (2005), individual countries can stipulate a requirement that travellers possess proof of YF vaccination as a condition of entry [3]. These requirements are reviewed annually and may be subject to change.

Advice for travellers

If you are travelling to South Africa and your journey includes travel or transit through other African countries, you should review the YF vaccine requirements and recommendations for each of your destinations, prior to departure.

Advice for health professionals

Proof of YF vaccination will be required from all travellers over one year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited more than 12 hours through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

A letter of medical exemption from YF vaccination can be provided if the vaccine is contraindicated on medical grounds, and should be taken into account on arrival by the port authorities [3].

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