Proof of Immunizations?

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  1. VanderLaan

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    Less than three weeks from my trip to RSA. Someone told me that on their last trip to the RSA they were asked for proof of immunizations by an immigration official (not sure if it was SA or US). Do I need this? Any thoughts or experiences?
     
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    Not for South Africa from my experience.
     
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    I just got back (2 weeks ago) from RSA, and we didn't have that issue.
     
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    No proof of immunizations required for entering RSA from the US.... Can't speak for the rest of Africa, or arriving from a country other than the US.....
     
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    Thanks for confirming my thoughts. I was suspicious of his statements and figured I should ask now and be prepared.
     
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    If you transit Dakar, which is an Endemic Yellow Fever area, or any other such country a proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is required.
    Even if you never leave the plane.

    If you do not have it they can refuse your entry.


    The airlines were clueless when I called them.
    Home office confirmed the requirement.

    I brought my YF card along. It's good for 10 years.
     
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    Brickburn, you beat me to it ...

    it will depend on where you are coming from and what countries you travel or touch down in...

    I was quizzed by SA on this this year when i went to Zimbabwe...

     
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    It was a real surprise to me that I needed to get immunized in the first place.
    I never entered the country (Senegal) (pass port control). Hell, I never left my seat on the plane on the re-fueling stop.
    Still need the certificate!

    So, just because you depart from the USA does not mean you are home free.
    Check the rules.
    Sometimes they just decide it is enforcement day.
    Know your details!!

     
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    Visited 3 countries in Africa, SA, Zambia, and Botswana. No one asked for anything but my passport. Oh, Botswana asked me to wash my shoe soles of when leaving ZA and entering Bots.:p
     
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    I'm not doubting Brickburn but this was not the case last month when I flew to RSA with a stopover in Dakar. Like so many other things in Africa, it may just depend on who's on duty and their mood at the time.

    As a side note. I did have my YF card with proof of Yellow Fever vaccination along, just in case.

    Randy

    If you transit Dakar, which is an Endemic Yellow Fever area, or any other such country a proof of Yellow Fever vaccination is required.
    Even if you never leave the plane.

    If you do not have it they can refuse your entry.


    The airlines were clueless when I called them.
    Home office confirmed the requirement.

    I brought my YF card along. It's good for 10 years.
     
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    Call the good folks at Vaccines On The Go. Ask for Amy or Jody, they will know and can actually send a nurse right to you if you need something. I don't have the number handy but google search them.
     
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    As always, depends on who decides to enforce the rules on the day of arrival. After I spend all the money to arrive and go hunting I was not going home or being quarantined.

    Here are three sources of information on the subject that repeat the same result.
    If you transit through Senegal you need a YFC.
    I was not going to argue the fine point that I did not technically transit Senegal but I did cross it's border.
    Your choice!


    South Africa Department of Health Document from 2011
    http://www.doh.gov.za/docs/policy/2011/draft_yellowfever.pdf

    Center for Disease Control

    Yellow Fever & Malaria Information, by Country - Chapter 3 - 2012 Yellow Book - Travelers' Health - CDC


    Western Cape Government Website

    WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE CERTIFICATE?
    If you arrive in South Africa without a valid Yellow Fever Certificate, you will be: refused entry; or
    quarantined until their certificate becomes valid
    , or for a period of not more that six days;
    those with an exemption certificate due to medical reasons may be allowed entry and required to report any fever or other symptoms to the health authorities and be placed under surveillance.
    If there is no Port Health Officer at the point where you enter the country, you will be refused entry into South Africa.


    YELLOW FEVER REGIONS
    The following countries are Yellow Fever regions:



    Angola Democratic republic of the Congo Kenya Senegal
    Argentina Ecuador Liberia Sierra Leone
    Benin Equatorial Guinea Mali Somalia
    Bolivia Ethiopia Mauritania Sudan
    Brazil French Guyana Niger Suriname
    Burkina Faso Gabon Nigeria Togo
    Burundi Gambia Panama Trinidad and Tobago
    Cameroon Ghana Paraguay Uganda
    Central African Republic Guinea Peru United Republic of Tanzania
    Chad Guyana Rwanda Venezuela
    Colombia Guinea-Bissau Sao Tome and Principe Zambia
    Congo
    Cote d'lvoire

    Yellow Fever Certificates
     

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