Yellow Fever Vaccination for entry from Africa into South Africa Update


Just a quick update for those who need to know, Road Travel has received important information regarding Yellow Fever Vaccination requirements.  South Africa recently announced that anyone travelling to South Africa from Zambia must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate – even for passengers in transit.  The original statement from the South African department of Health only refers to passengers travelling between South Africa and Zambia  who now require a yellow fever certificate.  There is, for example, a similar requirement for passengers travelling between South Africa and Kenya and South Africa and Tanzania.

Passengers travelling between Europe and Zambia and NOT passing through South Africa do not need a Yellow Fever certificate.  This ruling comes into place as at 01 July 2011.  A yellow fever vaccination needs to be done minimum 10 days prior to travelling.  You will not be allowed to get it on arrival in South Africa due to the 10 day period.  We are working with the Tourist Board and the Ministry of Health to find out why this new rule has come in to being.  As far as we are aware, yellow fever is not prevalent in Zambia.  Please do let us know if you need any more information.

List of countries for which a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into South Africa:  Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic Chad, Colombia, Guinea-Bissau, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan ,Suriname, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Venezuela, Zambia.

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