Yellow fever: update on national requirements…

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently (18 November 2022 with revision 3 January 2023) published updated national recommendations for yellow fever (YF) and the requirements for the International Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate (see ” List of countries ” and ” Vaccination requirements and recommendations for international travelers; and malaria situation by country “).

The main changes from the previous May 2021 recommendations are as follows:

1. Application for a certificate of vaccination against yellow fever from countries without previous requirements:

  • Djibouti : proof of YF vaccination is required for travelers aged 1 year and older arriving from countries presenting a risk of YF transmission, and for travelers transiting for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country presenting a risk of YF transmission YF.
  • Philippines : Proof of YF vaccination is required for travelers aged 9 months or older arriving from countries with a risk of YF transmission and for travelers who have transited for more than 12 hours through an airport in a country with a risk of YF transmission.
  • Qatar : Proof of YF vaccination is required for travelers 9 months of age or older arriving from countries at risk of YF transmission.

2. Removal of the requirement for the vaccination certificate: Belize, Iraq, Jordan, Somalia, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay.

3. Added transit information:

  • of Honduras AND Pakistan have extended the vaccination obligation for travelers transiting for more than 12 hours in a country at risk of YF transmission.
  • of Paraguay has extended the vaccination obligation for travelers who have transited for more than 24 hours in Brazil, Bolivia, Peru or Venezuela (see the last paragraph of the news).

4. Changing the age requirement :

  • Saudi Arabia : Proof of YF vaccination is required for travelers of age 9 months or more (compared to 1 year ago) coming from countries presenting a risk of YF transmission and for travelers who have transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country presenting a risk of YF transmission.
  • Honduras : The YF vaccination requirement, which applied to travelers aged 1 year or older, is now restricted to travelers fromage from 1 year to 60 years.

5. Other changes in the request for yellow fever ICVP:

  • China : Proof of YF vaccination is required for travelers aged 9 months or older arriving from countries with a risk of YF transmission and for travelers who have transited for more than 12 hours through an airport in a country with a risk of YF transmission, including for travelers going exclusively to the Hong Kong or Macau Special Administrative Regions.
  • Egypt : Proof of YF vaccination is required for travelers aged 9 months or older arriving from countries at risk of YF transmission, and for travelers who have transited for more than 12 hours through an airport in a country with a risk of YF transmission. The extension of this requirement to Eritrea, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Zambia, five countries not included in the WHO list of countries at risk of YF, has been removed.
  • Oman : the country that required in 2021 a YF vaccination certificate for travelers aged 9 months or older arriving from countries at risk of YF transmission and for travelers who had transited for more than 12 hours through an airport in a country with YF transmission risk, it also applies this rule to two countries that are not included in the WHO YF risk list, Rwanda and Tanzania.
  • Paraguay : country requiring a YF vaccination certificate for travelers aged 1 year or older arriving from countries with risk of YF transmission, now restricts this requirement to travelers from Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and Venezuelaand for travelers who have transited for more than 24 hours in these countries.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO).


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