10 Jul 2018

Country requirements for an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP): key changes for 2018

TravelHealthPro has been updated to reflect updates to yellow fever recommendations and certificate requirements Country requirements for an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP): key changes for 2018

On 3 July 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the list of yellow fever vaccination requirements and recommendations for 2018. This information is published each year following consultation between the WHO and State Parties, who are asked to confirm or update their requirements for international travellers [1, 2].

Our Country Information pages have been updated to reflect these changes.

Key changes to look out for in the 2018 lists include:

  • A requirement for an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP), where no previous requirement existed
  • Removal of requirement for an ICVP
  • Changes relating to transit through a risk country
  • Changes to the lower age at which an ICVP is required

The main changes (not exhaustive) are given in the following table:

2018 ITH Update Countries affected

Changes to lower age limit at which ICVP required

Afghanistan
Brunei
Burundi
Caribbean Islands (Bonaire, Curacao)
India
Lesotho
Liberia
St. Lucia
Trinidad and Tobago
Zambia

ICVP no longer a mandatory requirement

French Guiana
Liberia
Suriname

ICVP now a mandatory requirement 

Cameroon
Chad
South Sudan
Uganda 

ICVP requirements where previously there were none 

Nicaragua
Caribbean Island (Aruba) 

No longer any ICVP requirements 

Caribbean Island (Saba)
Kazakhstan
Vietnam 

Changes relating to transit through a risk country 

El Salvador
Paraguay
Swaziland
Thailand
Trinidad and Tobago
Venezuela 

New risk area 

Ecuador (Esmeraldas province) 

Although some information is available, we are seeking clarification on the requirements and recommendations for Ecuador, Brazil and Colombia; further updates to these and other countries will be made as soon as information is forthcoming. Until that time, health professionals may wish to contact the advice line.

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