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Yellow Fever Certificate

on 18 February 2021

What Is Yellow Fever?
Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne viral disease present in Africa and South America. The infection can range from mild to severe. Vaccination is the best protection against this virus.

Mild symptoms of yellow fever include: fever, nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal and muscle pains. More severe symptoms include hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever.
While yellow fever is not present throughout the globe, yellow fever vaccination is important because of the virus’s high mortality rate.
Some countries like Ghana and Brazil require all or some travelers receive the immunization to enter the country.
In addition to receiving a yellow fever vaccine, travelers should be sure to use appropriate mosquito repellents or netting. These are also available through Passport Health.

Yellow Fever Vaccine
A safe and effective yellow fever vaccine has been available for more than 80 years.
• A single dose provides lifelong protection for most people.
• The vaccine is a live, weakened form of the virus given as a single shot.
• Vaccine is recommended for people aged 9 months or older and who are traveling to or living in areas at risk for yellow fever virus in Africa and South America.
• Yellow fever vaccine may be required for entry into certain countries.

Who should have the yellow fever vaccine
The yellow fever vaccine is recommended for people from 9 months of age who are travelling to:
• an area where yellow fever is found, including parts of sub-Saharan Africa, South America, Central America and Trinidad in the Caribbean
• a country that requires you to have a certificate proving you have been vaccinated against yellow fever
You should be vaccinated at least 10 days before you travel to allow enough time for the vaccine to work.

Yellow fever vaccination certificate
Some countries require a certificate showing you have been vaccinated before you're allowed entry.

The ICVP, also known as the Carte Jaune or Yellow Card, is an official vaccination record created by the World Health Organization (WHO). As a travel document, it is a kind of 'medical passport' that is recognized internationally and may be required for entry to certain countries where there are increased risk of yellow fever for travelers.
The yellow fever certificate used to be valid for 10 years, however, from 11 July 2016 , WHO announced that the certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is valid for the life of the person vaccinated. 

so, all vaccination certificates are now valid for life, including older ones with an expiry date on them. You'll be given a certificate when you're vaccinated at a yellow fever vaccination center.

 Which countries require visitors to have the Yellow Fever certificate? Check the interactive map below (form WHO). Click here!