20 Aug 2020

Yellow fever ICVP: updated individual country requirements, 2020

The World Health Organization has published updated country requirements for a yellow fever International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) Yellow fever ICVP: updated individual country requirements, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) have recently published updates to the country yellow fever recommendations and requirements for an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP); Annex 1 and Country List have been updated [1, 2].

Key updates include:

  • New requirement for ICVP: Burundi, Cape Verde, Kazakhstan.
  • Removal of requirement for ICVP: Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lesotho.
  • Addition or removal of transit information: Barbados, Chad, Eritrea, Gambia, Guyana, Panama, Seychelles.
  • Changes to lower age limit for ICVP: Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Thailand.

NaTHNaC has updated the Country Information pages to reflect the WHO update.

Advice for travellers

We recommended that you seek advice from a health professional if travelling to or transiting through a country where there is a risk of exposure to yellow fever. You can check the Country Information pages to see if yellow fever vaccination is recommended and/or an ICVP (the vaccination certificate) is required for your trip. Existing ICVP written to a 10-year validity should be acceptable under International Health Regulations and should not be routinely re-issued.

General advice and information about other recommended vaccinations and malaria risk may be necessary. Ideally you should seek advice four to six weeks before travel. However, even if time is short, an appointment is still worthwhile.

Advice for health professionals

Health professionals are recommended to check the Country Information pages when advising travellers for details of requirements for ICVP, as they may have changed. Health professionals can call the NaTHNaC Telephone Advice Line for further assistance, if necessary.

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