26 May 2021

Yellow fever: updated country certificate requirements, 2021

The WHO has published updated country requirements for a yellow fever International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis Yellow fever: updated country certificate requirements, 2021

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) [see Country List and Annex 1] [1,2].

Key updates include:

  • New requirement for ICVP: Uruguay
  • Removal of requirement for ICVP: Libya, Philippines
  • Addition or removal of transit information: Antigua and Barbuda, Chad, Nigeria, Sudan
  • Changes to age limit for ICVP: Gabon, Mozambique, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Change to requirement for all travellers or those arriving from countries with risk: Nigeria and Sudan
  • Other: Malta, Guyana

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

Advice for travellers

You should follow the latest foreign travel advice.

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.

You can search for a designated yellow fever vaccination centre in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on the NaTHNaC website. Yellow fever vaccination centres in Scotland can be found on the NHS inform website.

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. You may wish to see a healthcare provider. 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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