Yellow Fever update

We have received another update on Yellow Fever vaccinations for travellers passing through South Africa. Like you, we are exasperated by this situation.

The requirement to have the vaccination certificate is BACK – and will be enforceable from October 2011

Zambia added to list of countries requiring Yellow Fever vaccination

26 August 2011

South Africans travelling to Zambia will now be required to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate following a global Yellow Fever risk assessment conducted by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Zambia`s status has been classified as a low risk. However, as Yellow Fever is vaccine preventable, and travellers to and from countries with a low risk of transmission still risk contracting or importing Yellow Fever into South Africa, the Department of Health in South Africa has updated the Yellow Fever vaccination policy to include Zambia.

The new policy will be effective from 1 October 2011. From this date, a valid Yellow Fever certificate will be required for travellers over 1 year old:

  • travelling from Zambia, or
  • having been in transit through a Yellow Fever risk country including Zambia.

Yellow Fever is an infectious vector-borne disease that is caused by a virus. It is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito vector.